The flagship sedan of the Japanese automaker, Honda has finally made a comeback. Yes, the Honda Accord Hybrid has been launched in India at a price tag of INR 37 lakh. The car which was discontinued few years back has now geared up in a hybrid avatar to take on the likes of its competitors. But, unlike the previous generation Accord, this hybrid version will not be assembled in India and will be imported as a CBU (completely built unit), leading to a higher price tag.
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The new Accord hybrid is unmistakably Accord. The smiling front grille with chrome accents, the familiar headlights are now accompanied with LED units, along with daytime running lights and blue accents. The new Accord is compact, but slightly taller, the 18-inch alloy wheels not only gives a perfect grip on the road but also hint towards the premiumness of this sedan. In the cabin, the Honda Accord hybrid will give you a plush feel and the dual-tone color combination has been kept intact. There are two screens in the center to reduce the multi-tasking efforts of the driver. The top screen functions as the multi-information display while the lower one is for infotainment purpose.
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The instrument cluster is completely digital with a large speedometer dial in between. Honda Accord hybrid is also loaded with features like blind spot detection, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual zone climate control and electrically adjustable front seats. One of the other feature added for the rear passenger comfort is that, the front passenger seat can be adjusted using buttons placed on the shoulder of the seat. Under the hood of Honda Accord hybrid, a 2.0-litre petrol motor is coupled with a 1.35 kW electric powerhouse and together these two produces a power output of 215 PS.
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The Honda Accord hybrid also comes with three driving modes which include EV, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. The sedan is only available with an e-CVT gearbox and the ARAI certified fuel economy is rated at 23.1 kmpl. In the Indian market, the Honda Accord will be taking on the likes of Toyota Camry, and Skoda Superb but, the higher price tag might be matter of concern for the company.