Honda Seil unveils upgraded version of luxury sedan : Honda Accord
Honda’s Indian joint venture Honda Seil Cars India (HSCI), revealed the upgraded version of Accord. The case against buying a Honda Accord, if there was one, just grew weaker.Honda expects to sell around 300 accords every month and with only marginal price hike, they should not have any trouble with that. Prices start at Rs 14.92 lakh for 2.4-manual (an 28,000 over the last model) and the V6 retails at Rs 17.32 lakh (an addition of Rs 39,000) and ensure that the Accord’s trump card of better value than the competition still holds.
The company which manufactured cars at its Greater Noida Facility in uttar Pradesh, would be setting up a second plant in India with an investment of $200 million ( Rs 900 Crore) through internal accruals. The plant is likely to come up in Rajasthan. Honda will be doubling its capacity at its Greater Noida plant to one lakh unit this year 2007, while new plant will have an installed prodution capacity of 2.50 lakh units, though the company will start with 50,000 units.
About the ride
What has changed ? Well not much actually, few minor updates over the last model. The oversized lamps are replaced by smaller triangular units which get LED parking/brake lights. The third brake light is integrated to the boot lid and the reverse lamps are placed along the numberplate housing on the boot. The rear bumps is lower to aid lading luggage. The new rear lamps are high-mounted and this gives it a new Identity. The bumper does lok heavier at the edges though. The front portion did not have any change this time. The 2.40litre variant like the V6 earlier now gets indicators on the side view mirrors, a new trend .
Getting in, you’ll notice a metal strip on the doorsill, which announces that you are entering an Accord. The rear has a smaller strip without the Accord name. Small changes inside include wood inserts on the 2.4′s steering wheel. A six-CD changer is standard. The ‘Optitron’ gauges which are illuminated as soon as you place the key into the ignition slot are brilliant as ever ! Another useful additions are the parking sensors which you can see as the round round buttons on the front bumper and four at the rear. This should even out the Accord’s features list vis-a-vis the Å koda Laura. However unlike the Laura, the Accord doesn’t have a screen showing the object’s position in relation to the car. There’s just beeping sound. (I believe you can get it installed in your car for around 3-4k) .
However, the best new feature is the introduction of Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Brake Assist (BA) and should make driving safer than before. But this is only in the V6, a gross overweight and I feel Honda should have offered this on the popular 2.4 variant as an option.
Price : Rs 14.32 – Rs 17.32 lakh (ex-Delhi)
Engine : 4 cyls in-line, 2354cc / 6 cyls in vee, 2996cc
Layout : Front, transverse, front-wheel drive.
Max power : 142bhp/221bhp
Max Torque : 20kgm/28.1kgm
Length : 4870mm
Width : 1820mm
Wheelbase : 2740mm
Ground Clearance : 155mm
Fuel Tank : 65 litres
Author : iWonder
InfoArticle by iWonder on Wednesday, Jan 10th, 2007 at 5:20 am under categories : Honda