Honda has unveiled, at least in photos, the 2013 version of the hugely popular Honda Accord mid-sized sedan, which the Australian branch of the Japanese carmaker said will hit Aussie roads by the second half of the following year.
The Motor Report said on Thursday that further details of the car, its specs and pricing for each model variants, will be released shortly prior to the actual launch, which is expected to be rolled out in the immediate aftermath of Accord's American debut.
From Honda's production lines, Accords in sedan and coupe will be wheeled out but it is likely that Australian buyers will never drive the latter model in the near future, according to The Motor Report, as Accord Coupe is currently designed as exclusively left-hand drive.
It is not clear if Honda plans to produce coupe versions that will fit on Australian driving condition, media reports said.
Yet for now, Honda is excited on the new iteration of the car model that it first introduced in 1976 in the North American and Australian markets, with the former eventually making the accord as one of the bestselling sedans to ever hit the U.S. roads.
For most Aussie drivers, the Accord was a welcome addition to Honda's initial success in the country with the smaller sedan-type Civic, The Motor Report said.
Accord's core design and functions followed "Honda's long-held philosophy of 'man maximum, machine minimum' ... and the beautiful exterior evolved from a focus on interior space and the needs of the people inside it," the Japanese carmaker said in a statement.
"The latest 2013 model is shorter than the one it replaces ... the interior, however, is said to boast more space for both the cabin and trunk," initial reports from The Washington Post has indicated.
Honda declared that judging from its looks and features, the new Accord "is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet."
Yet for The Wall Street Journal, not much have changed in the visual flavour of the upcoming Honda car, which the U.S.-based publication has attributed to Honda "playing to a conservative audience."
Such specific market in the United States was defined by WSJ as "midsize family-sedan buyers (that) tend to shop based on price more than style ... they are a notoriously cheap crowd.
Under the hood, the ninth generation Accord will be powered by 2.4-litre and 3.5-litre VTEC V6 petrol-fed engines plus the addition of hybrid powerhouse for the electric model, which Honda said is mainly composed of a 2.0-litre petrol engine complementing the vehicle's main energy sources of a 120kW electric motor and 6kW per hour lithium battery pack.
Honda claims that on a single full-charge, the green Accord will run on maximum speed of 100 kilometres per hour and able to cover a stretch of 24 kilometres.
The Accord's international edition will be fitted with enhanced safety features that Honda said will be highlighted by forward-collision and lane-departure warning technology.
Drivers should also appreciate the new car's additional 'eyes' outside of the vehicle, which will be made possible by a standard reversing-camera and blind-spot detection capability that Honda will include as Accord standards.
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