The new Eighth generation Honda Accord has been unveiled! But
hold on! It is still for the American markets, Indian auto lovers still have to
wait. With the new contours and new look, it is nearing the E-class proportions.
You can expect a commanding presence that is sure to attract from furtive
glances to dazzled stares from the onlookers. The new Honda Accord is actually
on the roads to compete the Toyota Camry.
Honda has always marked success stories in India and Honda
Accord has also delighted those who have owned this sedan ever since 2003 when
it was launched in India. On the other hand, in the US markets, these two
Japanese giants have been exchanging punches since many years. The new Honda
Accord still awaits final feedback from the consumers.
Under the Hood
The powerful engines have always amazed Honda car
lovers. New Honda Accord would be accompanied with two engines - 2.4L
4-cylinder and a 3.5L V6. The 2.4L petrol produces 180bhp and the 3.5L with a
kick ass 270Bhp, and also can be operated with 3, 4, or 6 cylinders. It also
promises better fuel economy with Honda`s Variable Cylinder Management
Technology. Turbo-charged versions of the model are still reserved for the
western world and Indian customers would not have a chance to experience them.
However, you can experience the 5 speed manual as well as automatic transmission
in the Indian version of the car.
Under the Roof and Above
As rightly said, the new looks of Honda Accord 2008 in
India is geared towards the E-class proportions. The exteriors are far better
than its earlier version and you can be proud of its smooth contours. The long
stretched headlights with bold tough lines along the hood. The Honda logo in
chrome proudly sits in the middle that boasts of "Quality Brand" for an Indian
Interiors are as luxurious as ever. 5 large adults can
easily sit in the car with their legs stretched. Does it mean enough room and
leg space? It sure does! The smooth interiors and stunning contours of the
dashboard gives a rich experience. The upholstery is also of good quality and
speaks for those who have a lifestyle. Steering wheel has full audio video
controls as well as cruise controls.
Back seats are foldable with large boot space that competes
with Toyota Camry. It can easily hold extra cargo at the back. However, its
lacks the blue light in the cockpit present in Camry.
On the Pocket
The New Honda Accord 2008 is expected to mark another
success story like its predecessors, if priced appropriately. According to the
company sources, it is expected to be priced approximately Rs 2 lac higher than
its earlier versions but would be equipped with more luxuries and better
Thus, the skepticism continues if the Indian consumers
would welcome the price hike for more luxury! All we have to do is to wait for a
better sedan with more commanding presence and performance.