The new 2017 Honda Accord is Here
Honda Motor Co. Africa and the Middle East Office announced the official launch of the ‘2017 New Accord’ at a splendor Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach, Dubai today. Indeed the whole event is a standard Honda affair.
The New 2017 Accord is actually a mid-cycle update with upgraded software and gets a facelift with sportier, more sophisticated styling. Honda calls it as a ‘major-facelift’, still, the headlights and taillights fit in the same housing. New Accord also features restyled alloy wheels on the 4 cylinders and Honda Sensing Technology on V6 grades. A new additional grade DX is introduced which boasts the dynamic safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist and Curtain airbags as standard features not found in any of its competitors. This grade has been introduced to ensure affordability, as well as compete in the corporate fleet ‘user chooser’ market.
The 2017 Accord face is refreshed with more sharply creased and an intricately structured bumper fascia integrates an all-new chrome ‘bold wing’ grill design that features a prominent bright bar as a solid setting for the H-badge. LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), integrated LED Light Bar Tail Lights are standard in all grades, LED Front. As the new UAE/ GCC law now requires Fog Lights as standard, because of the volatile weather conditions that blow sandstorms to the near-zero visibility fog especially in the morning time. The market-friendly 2.4EX and upwards grades fitted with new fog lights which project a wide low beam for enhanced forward visibility in such adverse weather conditions. Furthermore, 17-inch alloy wheels are equipped in LX grades. Other features standard in all grades includes repeaters on door wing mirror, body-colored power door mirror, Sunroof standard in all grades except DX grade, and twin finisher tailpipe in 2.4EX upwards.
The premium and powerful 3.5 V6 grades are have redesigned LED headlights providing better light distribution for improved visibility and enhanced nighttime driving. The V6 models also get the large 18inch alloy wheels in 3.5EX Sport grade and they look a lot better than before as they also fill the gap in the wheel well.
Accord’s modern and stylishly appointed cabin with richly upholstered seats offers effortless comfort for five adults. An 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, in 2.4 EX grade and upwards, can be personalized for 2 drivers preferred settings. All grades come equipped with rear ducts for ventilation, manual A/C in DX grade, Dual A/C in 2.4LX and EX grades and i-Dual A/C in 2.4EXL, 3.5EX and 3.5EX Sport grades.
The cockpit is equipped with advanced instrumentation and controls positioned for driver’s convenience. The steering wheel is equipped with integrated switches for hands-free calling, audio system track and volume control. Paddle shifters feature in 3.5EX Sport Grade which allows the driver to instantly downshift or upshift according to the terrain.
Convenience features in 2.4EX grade onwards include Remote Engine Starter which starts engine from a distance, ensuring favorable automatic climate control regulating cabin temperature ensuring maximum comfort before you get in, the Smart Entry, Push Button Start also adds to comfort and sporty feel, Auto Day and Night Rear View Mirror, Cruise Control and Electronic Power Steering are in addition. The Honda LANEWATCH feature new in 2.4 EX and 2.4 EXL grades in addition to the 3.5 V6 grade uses a camera located below passenger side view mirror to display an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway on the high-resolution intelligent Multi-information Display (i-Mid). The Wide Rearview camera also gives a look of three different viewing angles which can also be seen on the same screen.
LX and above grades are equipped with a premium quality audio system with 7-inch Touchscreen Display Audio for easy music control. The 2.4 EXL and the 3.5 V6 grades have set up navigation routes with the inbuilt navigation software.
New 2017 Accord offers a choice of 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC 2.4-Liter engine or a 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC 3.5-Liter V6 engine. The 2.4-liter engine in DX and LX grades generates 185-horsepower @ 6400rpm, EX and EXL grades generate a 189-horsepower @ 6400rpm and the V6 model 3.5-liter engine delivers a 278-horsepower@ 6200 rpm. The fuel consumption of the New Accord is 16.5 (Km/l) for the 2.4L grades which is the best in its class. The 3.5L V6 grade has a fuel consumption of 13 (Km/l).
The highlight feature this 2017 Honda Accord is the launch of the new safety suite called ‘Honda Sensing’. Honda Sensing was introduced in 2016 Accord Coupe earlier and now the same is cascaded to the 2017 sedan. Hence Accord will be the first sedan to be sold here in the Middle East that comes with Honda Sensing, which incorporates four active safety factors. My favorite Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and then Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) followed by Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), an early bird warning system alerting the driver if there a potential of collision is felt and then automatically applying the brakes if driver response is slow. Lastly, the fourth one is the Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System, where the computer feel if the driver is swaying of the lane a vibration is sent to the steering wheel to alert the driver and in the later stage RDM uses the torque and braking to keep the car going straight in the lane.
The other Honda active-safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control Systems (TCS), Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake Distributor (EBD) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). In addition, New Accord utilizes Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility. Rear Parking Sensors, a new feature in the Accord, are standard in all grades.
No surprises then, the Accord Coupe also has received the highest available crash safety ratings and a 5 –Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and a similar rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS (when equipped with CMBS) in the United States of America.
The 2017 New Accord for this region will be produced in USA in order to ensure regional supply requirements.