Honda will start selling its new Accord Plug-in Hybrid at the beginning of next year. This model is part of the 9th generation lineup which also includes 4-cylinder and V6 models and also a non-plug-in hybrid which will go on sale later this year. The carmaker tried to make it fuel efficient, but in the same time exciting. Its design borrowed a lot of elements from the popular sedan. Its new shape helps a lot improve the fuel economy.
On the outside it receives a special front end with blue accents in the headlights, lower fascia and a specially made grille. At the back we can see a rather new rear bumper cap that improves aerodynamics. The new Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle receives LED headlights which are otherwise available on the Touring and V6 trims in the gas version. For the outside, the specialists offer three colors. On the inside it features an exclusive hybrid cluster and grey biofabric. Each Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid features adaptive cruise control, but now, the center of attention is the new LaneWatch system. What is this? Well, it is a small camera that shows you the scene in the blind spot of the driver on the upper central info screen and it is built into the passenger side mirror. Thanks to the thin pillars in the cabin, visibility is great.
This model is the first Honda to use two-motor hybrid system that uses a 2.0-liter iVTEC Atkinson cycle engine electrically mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission. The engine develops 196 horsepower and 226 lb. ft. of torque and it provides a 10% better fuel economy. It offers three different drives: EV, Hybrid and Engine. In the Engine Drive the only energy comes from the battery and the model can accelerate reaching an 80 mph to speed. In the Hybrid Drive the battery is still used, but mostly the Hybrid Drive enables the engine to run in order to send electricity to the electric traction motor. In the Engine Drive the gasoline engine provides direct drive of the wheels. The carmaker expects to sell around 350.000 units annually.
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