Honda Accord range gets a mid-life refresh with changes to the looks, improved ride comfort and lower emissions.
The update, which Honda is introducing on both saloon and Tourer estate versions of the Accord simultaneously, also brings a minor boost to safety equipment and refinement.
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Honda Accord: subtle new looks
The visual changes to Honda Accord are subtle but effective – especially at the front.
There are revised lights, bumpers and grille, alterations to various pieces of trim and three new paintwork colours to choose from. ES and ES GT buyers can also pick 17-inch alloy wheels at no extra cost.
On the inside, new materials, colours and door linings enhance the passenger experience, and footwell lights activate with the headlights – blue for ES and EX models, red for the sportier ES GT and Type S.
Most Accords now under 160g/km CO2
Under the bonnet, the Accord’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC turbodiesel has been subjected to some tweaks to improve emissions.
Reduced internal friction levels bring a 9g/km drop in CO2 emissions for manual gearbox-equipped Accords, while the automatic version sees an 11g/km reduction. This means the saloon emits 138g/km (manual) and 159g/km (auto) – with a claimed 53.3mpg and 46.3mpg.
The diesel Tourer comes with a manual or automatic gearbox. The manual now emits 143g/km – a 10g/km improvement – and returns 51.4mpg. The automatic diesel is the only Accord emitting over 160g/km CO2 – 164g/km Honda says. Meanwhile, the 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol comes as a manual saloon; emissions on this model have fallen by 9g/km to 159g/km CO2, with 40.9mpg.
All of this means that every version of the Accord now emits under 160g/km CO2, bringing them all below the Write Down Allowance threshold for company car drivers for the first time.
In addition, higher quality sound deadening materials promise to increase refinement, and a complete overhaul of the dampers is said to bring greater ride comfort.
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New lighting safety features
The Accord also gains a pair of minor equipment upgrades that improve safety.
New Active Cornering Lights provide additional side illumination at night whenever the indicators are activated or the steering wheel is turned further than 90 degrees. Both come on when you select reverse, too. These will be fitted standard to top of the range models.
And cars fitted with bi-xenon headlights will also benefit from High Beam Support. This uses a camera to detect headlights or taillights in front of the car, and automatically dips the high beam to avoid dazzling other motorists.
The revised Honda Accord Saloon and Tourer debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. The UK on-sale date is slated for July, and pricing will be revealed closer to this time.
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