All next-generation model lines to get Honda Sensing as standard
Honda Australia has confirmed it will rollout its Honda Sensing active safety suite across its entire line-up of next-generation models, starting with the all-new Accord range confirmed for late-2019.
The local arm's director, Stephen Collins, confirmed the news this week, while also noting the growing awareness and demand for the latest safety features in the Australian market.
"Honda is committed to bringing cars to the Australian market that are competitively priced and value-packed as possible, and having the very best in safety technology is one of our highest priorities," he said.
"While we are not first to market with this technology, we strive to ensure we are best to market. I'm confident that our Honda Sensing package will provide Australian customers with a system that is intuitive and effective in its role of driver assistance."
Currently, the Honda Sensing suite is offered on top-spec versions of a handful of models, including the Accord, Civic, CR-V, and Odyssey – which make up 20 per cent of all Honda model variants offered in Australia.
Features included in the safety tech package include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, road departure mitigation, along with adaptive cruise control and 'Low Speed Follow' – essentially a stop/go function.
It's unclear whether Honda Australia will make the safety suite more widely available across existing model lines with the technology available, and the company was unable to offer an official comment on the topic.
That also means that the updated HR-V (above) due in the third quarter likely won't bring Honda Sensing Down Under like it has in its home market of Japan – though this could have something to do with our version's Thai production schedule.
However, the brand has promised improvements in safety for its popular crossover, meaning features from the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) package offered on the flagship VTi-L grade could still trickle down the range as part of the update – namely autonomous emergency braking, though it's yet to be confirmed officially.
In addition to the next-generation Accord, an all-new Jazz has been scheduled for 2020 – meaning the first Hondas to get the safety tech range-wide will also be the brand's flagship and entry-level offerings.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates over the coming months.