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Honda Accord plug-in hybrid a chance for Australia

Honda Australia says it is considering adding the all-new Honda Accord plug-in hybrid sedan to its local line-up following the unveiling of the fuel-efficient family car in the US.

2014 Accord PHEV

The Honda Accord PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is based on the ninth-generation Accord sedan, which was revealed last month and goes on sale next week in North America.

The Accord plug-in is set to follow early in 2013, giving customers another green alternative in the medium/large car segment.

The petrol-powered Honda Accord sedan is set to reach local showrooms in mid-2013, and while Honda Australia says the plug-in version is under consideration for out market, it has no indication of when it could arrive at this stage.

The Honda Accord PHEV teams a 102kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a 124kW electric motor and a 6.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack, creating a combined peak power output of 147kW.

Honda anticipates the Accord PHEV will boast equivalent combined cycle fuel consumption of better than 2.4 litres per 100km. The battery, which can be fully recharged from a 120-volt wall socket in less than three hours and from a 240-volt point in less than 60 minutes, is positioned over the rear axle to limit its impact on cabin and boot space.

Owners will be able to keep track of the charge status and driving range, and allow them to locate charging stations and schedule recharges, receive charge completion notifications and pre-condition the vehicle’s climate control.

Outside, the Accord PHEV is distinguished from the non-hybrid sedan by its deep grille with signature blue inserts, a more muscular front bumper, charging port over the left front guard, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, and tweaks to the lower rear bumper with a redesign of the tailpipes.

Less obvious is the lightweight aluminium front sub-frame, bonnet, rear bumper beam and brake pedal, as well as low rolling-resistance tyres, low-friction wheel bearings and aerodynamic enhancements to the underbody, wheel covers and spoiler.

The Accord PHEV boasts an extensive standard features list, including LED headlights, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, satellite navigation with voice recognition, dual-zone climate control, internet radio and Bluetooth connectivity, and a number of other comfort and convenience features.

The Honda Accord plug-in hybrid will be manufactured in Sayama, Japan.