The all-new Honda Accord is the most sophisticated, fuel efficient and comfortable Accord ever, delivering a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality to the flagship sedan.
All-new from the ground up and built on a new platform, the 10th generation Accord provides even more refined and engaging performance, a more stylish interior and improved packaging, as well as the latest advanced Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies.
The flagship passenger model in Honda Australia’s line-up, the latest Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring two advanced new turbocharged and electrified powertrains – a new 1.5-litre DOHC direct-injected VTEC turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) and a third-generation Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system that utilises a 2.0-litre DOHC Atkinson-cycle engine paired with two electric motors.
“In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda’s designers and engineers sought to convey ‘absolute confidence’ in every element of design and performance,” said Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins.
“They have built upon the bedrock character of Accord over 43 years and nine generations, and while we don’t have large volumes in mind for this car, it is certainly one that is important to the Honda line-up.
“The all-new Accord also marks the return of Honda’s hybrid technology to the mainstream Australian market, supporting the company’s global electrification strategy and our aim for 25 per cent of the local range to be electrified by 2025.
“With the exception of NSX, this is the first hybrid in our local line-up since 2016 and understandably the Australian market and consumer preferences have evolved in that time, so it’s great to be able to give Honda customers that option once again.”
One Model, Two Engines
The all-new Accord is available in a single, feature-packed VTi-LX specification level for the Australian market, but with the choice of two powertrains – a 1.5-litre turbo petrol with CVT or a two-motor hybrid system utilising a 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle engine paired with two electric motors and an E-CVT.
The Manufacturer’s List Price for the Accord VTi-LX with the 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and the most comprehensive package of standard equipment and features ever offered on Accord is $47,990*, while the Accord VTi-LX with the hybrid powertrain is $50,490*, a reduction of $8,500 or 14.4 per cent compared to the previous generation Accord hybrid.
Virtually everything on the Accord is new and substantially reengineered. Major new engineering features and technologies for the 10th generation Accord redesign include:
• 29 per cent ultra-high strength steel, the highest ever for a mass-produced Honda
• ACE™ front body structure with crash stroke design
• Laser-brazed roof skin
• Rear crush zones with Softzone technology
• First use of structural adhesives in Accord
• First application of acoustic spray foam to Accord
• More aerodynamically efficient: a three per cent reduction of CdA
• Lighter – 19kg, body-in-white
• More rigid (+24 per cent torsional stiffness, +32 per cent bending stiffness)
• Active Shutter Grille
• Aluminium intensive front suspension with new ultra-rigid aluminium & steel subframe
• Multi-link rear suspension with floating subframe
• Two-Mode Driving System
• Dual-pinion, variable-ratio electronic power steering
• Electronic Brake Booster (EBB)
• Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold
• Six per cent lighter chassis (excluding wheels and tyres)
• New 18-inch alloy wheel design
• 1.5-litre direct-injected VTEC Turbo® with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC)
• Third-generation Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid power unit
Connectivity and Driver-Assist Technology
• Standard Honda Sensing™
• 8-inch Display Audio
• 6-inch Head-Up Display (HUD)
• Remote engine start/stop
• Audio system Internet connection using Wi-Fi
• Wireless device charging#
Packaging and Design
In reimagining Accord, designers first established the fundamental packaging strategy. Consistent with the “Man Maximum-Machine Minimum” design philosophy that underpins all Honda designs, the team shrunk the Accord’s footprint while expanding its interior space, at the same time creating more premium and athletic proportions and stance.
The move to four-cylinder engines across the line-up is a key component of this approach, allowing a shorter engine bay while also reducing weight and improving dynamic performance. The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+55mm), a lower overall height (-15mm) and wider body (+12mm), wider wheel tracks (+6mm front, +18mm rear), a shortened overall length (-26mm) and a lower, sportier seating position (-25mm front, -20mm rear).
A sweeping glasshouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportions of the next-generation Accord.
The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low bonnet, and a visual centre of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels. Viewed head-on, the new Accord's glasshouse also angles in more sharply from the window sills to the roof, further emphasising the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward, which contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing freedom of movement for the occupants.
Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord 49mm of additional rear legroom. Overall passenger volume has increased, while luggage capacity of the boot space has improved by 113 litres, or almost 25 per cent, to 570 litres, aided by the repackaging of the hybrid battery pack beneath the rear seats.
Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord's new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda's signature chrome wing front grille, positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by nine-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiselled bonnet features a distinctive and aggressive raised centre, while the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.
A new laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels creates a clean exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept bootlid and distinctive LED light-pipe tail lights. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately three per cent to make it the most streamlined Accord yet.
Elegant and Tech-Savvy Cabin
The 2019 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech-savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord's mainstream sedan status.
The new Accord features a panoramic forward view that is enabled by its lower cowl and by front roof pillars that are 20 per cent narrower and moved rearward on the lower – relative to the driver's seating position. The new soft-touch instrument panel features an ultra-thin profile and three-tier design with a strong upper deck that describes a continuous arc from its outboard section through the side doorsills, giving a sense of strength and visual continuity.
A more intricately contoured sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests and paddle shifters compliment the Accord's more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of surface materials and trims communicates modernity and soft-spoken elegance throughout the cabin.
The inboard positioning of the seats provides for improved freedom of movement and is complimented by longer, wider and more deeply padded arm rests – front and rear – while the newly designed seats feature taller shoulder bolstering for a more premium appearance and improved lateral support. New high-accuracy seat padding with variable firmness improves seating comfort and support. The driver's seat now has 12-way power adjustment with the addition of height-adjustable lumbar support.
The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2019 Accord cabin also features an all-new Human-Machine Interface (HMI) that includes a 7-inch TFT digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs. More intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customisable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, further enhance the new Accord.
The Accord also offers remote engine start/stop, wireless device charging and a new 6-inch driver's Head-Up Display (HUD) that can show vehicle speed, tachometer, shift lever position, turn-by-turn directions, compass and Honda Sensing status and warning lights for Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), plus Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF).
Turbocharged and Electrified Powertrains
The 2019 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring two advanced new powerplants – a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the third-generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain technology.
The new 1.5-litre, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) and VTEC produces a peak of 140 kW of power at 5500 rpm and 260 Nm of torque from 1600 to 5000 rpm, up from 129 kW at 6200 rpm and 225 Nm at 4000 rpm on the existing normally-aspirated 2.4-litre model – improvements of 8.5 per cent and 15.5 per cent respectively. The new 1.5-litre turbo engine is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The Accord 1.5-litre turbo has a fuel consumption rating^ of 6.5 litres per 100 km for the combined test result, along with CO2 emissions of 149 g/km – reductions of more than 20 per cent respectively when compared to the outgoing Accord VTi-L with the 2.4-litre four cylinder engine.
The new Accord hybrid is powered by the third-generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid technology featuring a 2.0-litre 16-valve DOHC Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 per cent thermal efficiency – the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine – paired with two electric motors. The hybrid unit produces 158 kW of power from 5000 to 6000 rpm and peak torque of 315 Nm from 0-2000 rpm.
Advances in engine control tuning together with other technologies combine to create excellent power characteristics, exceptional fuel efficiency and very low exhaust emissions. Key contributors to the improved thermal efficiency of the engine include improved exhaust gas recirculation and reductions in operating friction. This clean-running engine meets LEV3-AT-PZEV (SULEV30) / Interim Tier3 Bin30 emission standards in the US, while contributing to a fuel consumption rating^ of 4.3 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of just 98 g/km for the Accord hybrid in Australia.
The Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission, instead employing an E-CVT (Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission) or Drive Force Transfer System as it is also known. Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the boot, preserving cargo space.
Body and Chassis Design
The body structure of the new Accord is lighter and more rigid, utilising 29 per cent ultra-high-strength steel, the most ever for a mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 per cent high strength steel (above 440 MPa).
Key body features include the latest generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure with crash stroke front frame, tailor-tempered rear frame members for improved crash-energy absorption, and the extensive use of structural adhesives for increased rigidity, cabin quietness and weight reduction.
Total vehicle weight is down more than 100 kilograms compared to the previous model, while body torsional and bending rigidity are improved by 32 per cent and 24 per cent respectively, aiding ride quality, cabin quietness and dynamic performance.
Mated to the new body is a more sophisticated new chassis design. The 2019 Accord's chassis is six per cent lighter than before (not including wheels and tyres) and features a new Macpherson strut front suspension with L-shaped aluminium lower arms mounted to an aluminium front subframe. The new set-up better isolates and manages varying road inputs, improving handling precision, ride quality and cabin quietness along with outstanding high-speed stability and control.
The new, more space-efficient rear suspension is a multi-link design mounted to a more rigid, floating rear subframe. Fluid-filled compliance bushings at all four corners further improve ride comfort and absorption of road irregularities.
The new Accord also features a Two-Mode Driving System with Normal and Sport modes that allows the driver to dial-up/down the vehicle's sporty reflexes depending on the driving environment. The system engages with the automatic transmission, drive-by-wire throttle and Active Sound Control system, to provide the driver with an expanded range of driving characteristics. An ECON mode is also available that helps improve fuel efficiency by modifying throttle mapping and HVAC operation.
The new Accord has a 10mm lower centre of gravity. The adoption of lighter-weight turbocharged engines and other body design changes reduce the vehicle's moment of inertia, resulting in crisper turn-in and steering response.
All models now have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 per cent front/rear, a significant improvement versus the current Accord V6L with six-speed automatic transmission.
Along with the first application of structural adhesives to Accord, cabin quietness is further enhanced by a comprehensive sound-insulating package. The result is low noise levels with a well-balanced sound quality and pleasingly sporty engine note, courtesy of:
- full underbody covers (also aid aerodynamics)
- front and rear wheel arch and engine compartment insulators
- alloy wheels with Honda-proprietary resonator technology
- sound-absorbing carpet
- acoustic laminated windscreen glass
- a new, three-microphone Active Noise Control system
Accord VTi-LX is available in four main exterior paint colours – Platinum White (P), Lunar Silver (M), Modern Steel (M) and Crystal Black (P), while Passion Red (P), has been reserved exclusively for the Accord VTi-LX with the hybrid powertrain.
Advanced Safety and Driver-Assist Technology
Both variants of the 10th generation Accord feature the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assist technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing on the new Accord includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and High Beam Support System.
Additional driver-assist technologies include LaneWatch, front and rear parking sensors, Smart Parking Assist (SPA) with Rear Collision Mitigation Braking System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Driver Attention Monitor, along with a multi-view camera system for front, side, rear and 360-degree top down views.
Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
2019 Honda Accord pricing
|VTi-LX||1.5L Turbo||$ 47,990|
|VTi-LX||2.0L Hybrid||$ 50,490|
The most dramatically-styled, premium and fun-to-drive Accord yet, the all-new 10th generation model will go on sale around Australia in December 2019.
Further information on the new Accord is available at: www.honda.com.au/accord
* Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) excludes Dealer Delivery and statutory charges.
^ Fuel consumption & emissions figures based on ADR 81/02 combined test results
# Requires smartphone with wireless charging capability
(M) = Metallic paint
(P) = Pearlescent paint