Honda introduces all-new 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, January 23 - 2013 at 14:24
- PRESS RELEASE
Honda introduced the 9th generation Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe at a press conference held in Dubai. The much anticipated all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, is set to go on sale from today.
The completely new Accord line-up offers a wide choice of 7 different grades in Sedan and 2 grades in Coupe version. Both the Sedan and Coupe models are powered by 4 cylinder or V6 engines mated to 5-speed or 6-speed automatic transmission respectively.
The 2013 Accord's styling is exhilarating, sophisticated and premium. Starting in the front, a bold new grille imparts a distinctive and dynamic tension that complements the powerful look of the hood's multiple styling lines. Deeply sculpted character line flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the vehicle to further convey a sense of dynamism and sporty attitude. In the back, the inward slope where the fenders taper into the trunk and C-pillars is designed to convey a powerful, athletic stance from the rear.
New Accord Technologies
LED daytime running lights (DRLs) are available as standard feature on all Accord models.
LED taillights are available as standard on all Accord Sedan models.
The Accord 3.5 EX and 3.5 Sport offers Honda's first LED projector headlights for improved visibility.
All-new Smart Entry & Push Button Start included on Accord EX and Sport models.
The available touchscreen panel offers convenient control of audio, phone and many other functions.
Included on Accord 3.5 EX and 3.5 Sport, Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display provides an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway through the intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID).
Three features highly coveted by consumers are now available on new Accord EX grade onwards: Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, USB/iPod integration and rearview camera.
All Accord models feature standard Econ button with Eco Assist.
New MacPherson-strut front suspension improves ride and handling qualities, while also reducing interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The new lighter aluminum and steel front subframe also uses a proprietary Honda friction-stir welding process.
New side airbags mitigate the risk of excessive airbag deployment force while eliminating the need for the prior Accord's Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS).
As in previous generations, two gasoline engines are available on the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe. These include a new Earth Dreams 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a new Earth Dreams 3.5-liter V-6 with revised VTEC + VCM functions. The base 173-horsepower (hp) 4-cylinder engine is coupled to an efficient 5-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, Accord V-6 models feature a 276-horsepower 3.5-liter engine coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Crisply styled and aerodynamically efficient, the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe body designs are the most sophisticated in Accord history. The 2013 Accord unit-body uses 55.8% high-tensile steel, more than in any previous Accord. In addition, 17.2% of the steel is now grade 780, 980 and 1,500 - extremely high grades that have never before been used in any Accord. This contributes to higher body rigidity and reduced weight, which directly benefits ride and handling, interior quietness, performance and efficiency and long-term durability.
With its contoured body-sides, the Sedan's exterior design is sleek, bold and decisive, while the Coupe's design is rakish, taut and athletic. Extensive use of under-covers improves aerodynamics for increased fuel efficiency, while other advances include available LED headlights, DRLs and brake lights, mirror-mounted turn signals.
Literally every aspect of the Accord's chassis was reviewed or redesigned to create the best possible driving experience. The new Accord is quieter and more responsive on city streets, smoother and more composed on the highway, and even more faithful to the driver's wishes on winding roads.
New features for Accord include a MacPherson strut front suspension, a steel and aluminum front subframe and electric power steering (EPS). Standard Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control (ASC) on both 4-cylinder and V-6 models counteract engine noise, particularly at high rpm.
The lightweight MacPherson strut front suspension improves ride and handling qualities while also reducing interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). The new aluminum and steel front subframe reduces weight and, in conjunction with the new independent multi-link rear suspension, further reduces NVH. Careful aerodynamic tailoring of the underbody and suspension systems provides additional noise reductions.
The new EPS setup uses an electric motor to assist the rack-and-pinion steering rather than the hydraulic assist of the previous Accord. The result is reduced steering effort and fuel consumption, with improved precision, feel and stability.
16" steel wheels are standard on DX and LX grades of Accord Sedan. 17" alloy are available as optional on LX grade and standard on all EX grades of Sedan and 2.4 EX grade of Coupe. Additionally, larger 18" alloy wheels are standard on 3.5 Sport grade of Sedan and 3.5 EX grade of Coupe. Four-wheel disc brakes are also standard, as is Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist, a 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). From LX grades onwards, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control, and Hill start assist is also now standard on the Accord.
Like every Accord before it, the ninth-generation embraces a customer focus from the inside out. Smart interior packaging allows for increased passenger and cargo space in the sedan and the coupe, while the overall exterior lengths are shortened, contributing to a sportier driving character and easier parking. An expansive and roomy cabin and generous rear seating area provide excellent levels of visibility and comfort for the driver and all passengers.
A completely new interior provides a level of luxury and craftsmanship never before seen in the Accord. For the Sedan models, available Beige cloth or leather interior combines welcoming comfort with an impressive range of available technologies. Exclusively available on 3.5 EX Sport grade is the Black leather interiors. And available exclusive on 3.5 EX Coupe is 2 tone leather seat - Black and White, like a Panda. Standard features include redesigned seating and simplified controls and instrumentation. Even the leather steering wheel (available from EX grade onwards) has been specially crafted with chain stitch that gives a comfortable and smooth feel.
Compared to the prior edition, both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe offer spacious accommodations for five passengers, and a roomy trunk with a flatter load floor for greater utility. Although the Accord's length has decreased by 60 mm and the wheelbase is 25 mm shorter, key interior dimensions grow. Rear legroom increases over 32 mm, both front and rear shoulder room increase, and trunk space is up over 22 liters. Altogether, the interior is remarkably quiet, stylish and upscale, with high-quality materials, exemplary fit and finish, and advanced seating comfort and ergonomics.
Contemporary onboard electronics help the Accord driver seamlessly interface with the latest generation of compatible personal mobile electronics. Standard features on all Accords include a bright, full-color 8-inch (diagonal) 'intelligent' Multi-Information Display (i-MID). Available on EX grade and above is Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone interface. New available touchscreen panel, Navigation System with optional Arabic display, multi-angle rear view camera are some of the advanced features available on new Accord.
The 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe offer the greatest range of active and passive safety features in Honda history. Collision safety engineering includes the updated Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which improves occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions, and the most extensive use of high-strength steel in Accord history. The Accord's impact-absorbing front body design can even help attenuate energy in the event of a frontal collision with a pedestrian.
Passive-safety features include six airbags, including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. New SmartVent side airbags reduce the risk of excessive airbag deployment force and eliminate the need for the Accord's previous Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS).
Based on internal testing in USA, both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe are expected to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and 5-star ratings in federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests3.
An expressive exterior color choice is available for 2013 Honda Accord models. The Accord Sedan is available in a choice of 8 exterior colors:
White Orchid Pearl
Alabaster Silver Metallic
Crystal Black Pearl
Modern Steel Metallic
Basque Red Pearl II
Champagne Frost Pearl
Obsidian Blue Pearl
Tiger Eye Pearl
The Accord Coupe is available in a choice of 7 exterior colors:
White Orchid Pearl
Alabaster Silver Metallic
Crystal Black Pearl
Modern Steel Metallic
Still Night Pearl
San Marino Red
Tiger Eye Pearl
The 2013 Honda Accord is covered by a 3-year/100,000-km new-car limited warranty.
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