Honda’s Accord Sport Hybrid has landed in Australia, the carmaker’s only hybrid offering in its local line-up for now.
A new Jazz Hybrid was promised last year for Australian customers but has yet to arrive, and Honda quietly dropped the Civic Hybrid from its range, along with the Civic Diesel, when the updated model arrived last month.
So for now, Honda fans seeking hybrid power will have only the Accord Sport Hybrid to consider, with prices starting from $58,990 plus on-road costs.
The hybrid Accord is the first in Australia to offer new tech from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series with Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD).
The 2.0 litre four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle petrol engine was specifically designed to complement the electric drivetrain, and the powerplants combine to offer 146kW or power and 307Nm of torque.
Power reaches the road through an electronic CVT automatic, and combined fuel consumption is rated at 4.6 l/100km.
Honda says this figure makes it the most fuel frugal offering in the medium segment under $60,000 in Australia.
The i-MMD system offers three self-explanatory drive modes: ‘electric’, ‘hybrid’ and ‘engine’.
Externally, the Accord Hybrid features 18-inch alloy wheels, headlights with an active cornering feature and daytime running lights, a ‘shark fin’ antennae and styling that largely mirrors the rest of the Accord range.
Unlike the regular Accord, the Hybrid model gets an all-aluminium front sub-frame designed to save weight and further aid fuel economy. The rear gets an aluminium bumper beam which aims to offset some of the weight from the lithium-ion battery pack.
Inside, customers will find a layout similar to that of the previous range-topper in the Accord V6L, including Honda’s Intuitive Gauge Cluster - which the carmaker says “blends analogue and digital elements”.
Other features include an eight-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and a three-mode reversing camera (normal, top down and wide), electric sunroof and a reverse tilt-down function for the passenger side mirror.
There’s also automatic wipers, a push-button start, electric front seat adjustment, active noise cancellation and dual-zone climate control, along with woodgrain and leather finishes.
Safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, emergency stop signal and hill start assist.
The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is on sale now.
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