After admiring the Accord for its fine lines from a distance, I recently got up, close and personal with the car as Honda Motor Co. Africa and the Middle East Office launched the 2016 Honda Accord Coupe.
Available across all Honda showrooms in GCC, the ninth generation Honda Accord Coupe is the first in the region to boast of the Advanced Safety Technology namely ‘Honda Sensing™’. This advanced safety feature has evolved e-drive assist technologies to provide utmost safety and security to all passengers. Accord Coupe features a brand new shape which primarily focusses on agility and sportiness.
The Accord Coupe new dynamic shape features sportier, more sophisticated and expressive styling cues including restyled front and rear bumper fascia, a new grille, bold and new tail light designs as well as new design alloy wheels for all grades. The Accord Coupe also features expanded use of LED lighting – new design LED headlights for 3.5L V6 grades, LED pipe guide daytime running lights (DRLs) as well as LED pipe guide taillights for all grades, and LED Front Fog Lights to help in low visibility situations for all grades.
The Accord Coupe’s interior is a fusion of advanced sport design and sophistication in the same breath with an advanced, intuitive and futuristic look and feel. It has a spacious cabin with fabric in base grade and leather in 3.5L V6 grades. In terms of technology, few highlights of Accord Coupe interior in all grades are the hi-tech 8-inch TFT Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) screen providing all assistance at a touch, premium audio and also ‘Remote Engine Start’ a very significant feature that enables the drivers to start their vehicles in advance, thereby activating the climate control system before they get into the vehicle The 3.5L V6 grades in addition to the above mentioned features has Navigation. For air conditioning, we have Dual Zone A/C in the base grade and i-Dual Zone A/C in the 3.5L V6 grades which coupled with controlled noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) gives the cabin a quiet feel.
Two gasoline engines with Earth Dreams Technology™ are available on 2016 Accord Coupe. These include a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with CVT and a 3.5-liter V6 engine with i-VTEC + VCM functions coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The L4 engine generates 185-horsepower @ 6400rpm and the V6 model 3.5-liter engine delivers a 276-horsepower@ 6200 rpm. The fuel consumption of the Accord Coupe is 16.4 (km/l) for the 2.4L EX grade and a 13.4 (km/l) in the 3.5L V6 grades.
The Accord Coupe boasts of advanced technology available in GCC namely ‘Honda Sensing™’. This new suite of driver-assistive technologies helps driver sense things which might be missed while driving. In some cases, they can even help in avoiding a collision or mitigate its severity. This feature is only available in top grade. The Honda Sensing™ features consist of the below:
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) extends existing cruise control system to include millimeter-wave radar and camera monitors the distance between your vehicle and vehicle ahead. It helps the driver maintain a constant following distance eliminating manual acceleration/deceleration.
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): Available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) is engineered to gently correct steering when driver begins to leave detected lane without signaling, applying torque progressively to the steering to help guide driver back to center of lane. It helps in reducing driver fatigue.
- Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM): Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBSTM) is a Honda safety feature designed to help reduce likelihood of a potential collision by alerting the driver. It can also take steps to help reduce severity of an impact by automatically applying brake pressure if the system determines a collision to be unavoidable.
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System: A system specifically designed to alert driver with the help of signals and a rapidly vibrating steering wheel that the car is drifting too close to the side of the driveway without any turn signal activated. This system also uses torque and braking to keep car in the detected lane, when it detects the car continuously leaving the roadway.
Also featured in the 3.5L V6 grades is the Honda Lanewatch™ feature which uses a camera located below the passenger side window to display an expanded rear view of the passenger side road way on the Intelligent Multi Info Display (i-MID). The display can show cars up to two lanes. The rear parking sensors, standard in all grades, assist the driver by visually displaying the parking space on the MID and rear view camera.
The other Honda active-safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control Systems (TCS), Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake Distributor (EBD) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). In addition the Accord Coupe utilizes Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility.
The Accord Coupe also has received the highest available crash safety ratings and a 5 –Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and a similar rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the IIHS (when equipped with CMBSTM) in the United States of America.
The 2016 Accord Coupe comes in three grades for this region with the introduction of the new 3.5L V6 with Honda Sensing™ and the other grades namely the 2.4L EX and the 3.5L V6 grades. The Accord Coupe will be available in the below exterior colors
- White Orchid Pearl
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Deep Blue Opal Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
- San Marino Red
All come in beige interior colors with the option of fabric in the base grade and leather in the remaining two grades