Honda Oman has launched the all-new 10th generation 2018 Honda Accord at an evening event in Muscat. The Accord, which is now available with a choice of two four-cylinder turbocharged engines, features the segment leading ten-speed automatic gearbox for the 2.0-litre engine, which in itself enjoys much acclaim from its version in the Honda Civic Type-R.
In addition to the importer Omasco’s managing director Hussain Al Lawati, Regional managing director of Al Futtaim Honda Eric Paul Benavente and newly signed brand ambassador Faiyz Al Rusheidi were on hand for the unveil, along with senior management and guests.
The 2018 Honda Accord is significant in that it brings a level of premium features and technology from a class above, including intelligently designed cabin space that increases rear legroom and headroom without sacrificing headroom in the raked rear end. The fastback design also lends the car an elegance that sets it apart from most C-D segment competition.
The new Accord has been designed and is manufactured in the United States. The conscious decision to launch only with turbocharged efficient engines is proving extremely popular, with the 1.5-litre offering 198hp at 5,500rpm with a very handy torque band of 260Nm from 1,600 to 5,000rpm and the larger 2.0-litre unit topping that with 247hp and 370Nm of torque over the 1,600 to 3,500rpm band.
The broader torque band on the smaller engine is designed to maximise the efficiency of the CVT transmission it is offered with – this unit offers 11% lower ratios to enhance low speed take offs and has a broader spread of pre-determined ratios – notionally seven.
The 10-speed automatic gearbox also features new design in its planetary arrangement and a much wider ratio spread, although it can drop down by four cogs should the need be felt.
Honda also offers Honda Sensing on top variants of the 2018 Honda Accord. This suite of features covers driver assist functions like lane keep, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, collision mitigation, pedestrian detection and collision warning, lane and road watch, to prevent running off the road.
The interiors of the 2018 Honda Accord have also undergone a sea change with a large 8″ central display (that is touchscreen on EX and above grades), a 7″ TFT portion on the instrument panel that is customised to match one of the drive modes and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.