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by Tim Beissmann

Honda has released a number of new images of the European-specification 2011 Honda Accord Euro following its debut at the Geneva Motor Show last week.

Honda Australia confirmed in January that the Accord Euro update was due in the second half of this year. Although the vehicles shown in the images are not exactly the same as those that will arrive in Australian showrooms, they give us a general indication of the changes and what to expect in a few months’ time.

From the outside, the headlights have a crisper appearance, and clear indicators replace the amber repeaters. In the UK, the range-topping model will feature bi-xenon headlights with active cornering for improved visibility at night.

The grille has been mildly restyled with two central slats finished in the same chrome material as the outer grille. The fog light housings and lower air intakes have been revised on all models for a more aggressive and planted appearance.

The rear reversing lights and indicators have a new pink tinge (Honda calls it “light red”), and a chrome strip has been added to the boot grab above the number plate. The bumper will also undergo a minor redesign, although the Australian range is expected to be toned down from the Type S model shown in these images.

Three new colours have also been added to the European range: Alabaster Silver, Graphite Lustre and Celestial Blue Pearl.

Interior changes will be subtle, with new seat materials, door linings and some revised surfaces and highlights to complete the mid-life cabin refresh.

Honda says the efficiency of Accord Euro models equipped with the five-speed automatic transmission will be improved thanks to engineering efforts to minimise internal frictional losses and optimise gear ratios.

Noise, vibration, hardness (NVH) levels have been improved through the use of higher density foam under the bonnet and dashboard, additional under-floor noise insulation and a 0.9mm increase in the thickness of the rear windscreen glass.

Specific European testing and engineering focused on refinements to the dampers, and according to Honda has led to improvements in high-speed stability and ride quality on rougher roads.

The new Honda Accord (as it is known in Europe) goes on sale in the UK and across Europe next month.

Honda Australia is yet to reveal specifications or a precise launch date for the 2011 Honda Accord Euro, but stay tuned as we expect more news of its local debut in the coming months.