Honda will be targeting the corporate segment when it releases its new Diesel Accord Euro early next year. The combination of a diesel's high-mileage and a modern automatic transmission is rapidly gaining ground as a favourite among execs and corporate fleets; with the Diesel Accord, Honda is looking to cash in on this market.
Honda is relatively new to the diesel game, having only begun work in 2004, but the figures indicate that it has got its head firmly around the technology. The 2.2L turbo diesel mill, i-DTEC in Honda speak, is good for 100kWs and 350Nms of torque. Top speed will be over 200km/h so there's no risk of keeping your licence behind the wheel of this Accord.
The five-speed automatic transmission to be fitted to the Euro is an all in-house affair. Honda did not want to compromise on the performance of the vehicle by utilising a third-party transmission, so went about creating its own. The all new unit will use the same straight gate layout and paddle shift system as seen on the petrol powered Accord Euro.
The combination of Honda's new automatic transmission and the i-DTEC engine results in C0?? emissions ranging from 170-174g/km (saloon and tourer respectively). The returned fuel economy figures are equally impressive, ranging from 6.2L/100kms for the saloon and 6.6L for the tourer.
Honda's Accord Euro is already a highly competent package and the availability of a turbo diesel engine combined with an all new five-speed auto is the right move for the times. Keep your eye out for our review in the new year as we'll definitely be looking to get behind the wheel.