Honda Australia has confirmed initial details for the 10th-generation Accord sedan line-up ahead of a December launch, with the headlining act to be the company's latest hybrid drivetrain.
Pairing a 2.0-litre Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors and battery pack, quoting system outputs of 158kW and 315Nm. By comparison, the Toyota Camry's 2.5-litre hybrid system claims to put out a combined 160kW – though Toyota doesn't quote a torque figure.
Further details like fuel consumption are yet to be detailed, though we know the Accord Hybrid will drive the front wheels via a hybrid-optimised e-CVT transmission.
It appears the more powerful 2.0-litre turbo and 10-speed automatic available in the US will not be offered Down Under to replace the outgoing 3.5-litre V6.
"With the exception of NSX, this is the first hybrid in our local line-up since 2016 and understandably the Australian market and consumer preferences have evolved in that time, so it’s great to be able to give Honda customers that option once again," said Stephen Collins, director for Honda Australia.
"The all-new Accord will mark the return of Honda’s hybrid technology to the mainstream Australian market, supporting the company’s ‘2030 Vision’ and playing a key role in achieving its global electrification strategy."
Full pricing and specifications will be detailed closer to the Accord's December on-sale date, though the company has previously indicated the full suite of Honda Sensing driver assists – including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop&go, lane keep assist and high-beam assist – will be standard across the range much like the current model.
Stay tuned for our coverage of the Accord's Australian launch.
Note: Overseas models shown