Still on Honda news, Honda will revealed the first photo of the next generation Accord model on 8th August 2012, with full details coming a month later on September 5th, according to Vtec forum. Since traditionally we've been getting the larger US model (instead of the smaller and sportier JDM and Euro model), this is going to be the first indication of the Malaysian too. Add in a lens or two, we could be having a Malaysian version in the making.
We've heard that the new Accord will debut the Earth Dream engine technology. The engine will be enhanced with the direct injection system, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), high tumble port design, Idle Stop technology and various measures of friction reduction technology. The 2.0L and 2.4L engine will be paired with the CVT gearbox (or 6 speed manual) while the 3.5L V6 will be paired with the new 6 speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L Earth Dream engine was revealed to the motoring journalist sometimes some months back and it is tipped to produce 181bhp and 240Nm. The Hybrid version will be available too, this time paired to the 2.0L petrol engine. Honda has also announced that i-MID, SMS Texting capability and Pandora Internet radio interface will be featured too.
According to the Honda news, the new Accord adopts a single piece soft touch dashboard instead of 16 pieces as they are now. It is going to a seamless one piece panel with integrated airbag lid. The current Accord dashboard is assembled from four module from the aforementioned 16 pieces. However, if you want to know, the two-tone door trim of Honda Brio also is a single piece item. While naturally it appears as a two-piece item with contrasting color, it turns out to be a single piece and coated upper pieces with a fine masking tape applied at the mating color line. It is what Honda has invented for its latest crop of model and naturally it will appears elsewhere too.