Honda Accord Tourer (2008–2015)
Honda presented the Accord Tourer Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2007 - essentially the production version of the Accord Tourer. Its wider, lower look signals a more sporty styling approach while an innovative chassis technology will deliver an involving driving experience without compromising ride comfort.
The new model has smarter, sleeker proportions than its predecessor, yet greater width, which makes for a more spacious cabin and also allows for an increase in the track to help give superb handling. It will be powered by a range of advanced, low emissions engines, making it one of the first cars to offer an entirely Euro 5-compliant engine line-up. Two petrol engines of 2.0 and 2.4-litre capacities and a 2.2-litre diesel engine mirror those in the current Accord range, but power output will be boosted and emissions and fuel economy significantly improved.
4,740mm long (15' 7") long x 1,840mm (6' 0") wide.
Honda's all-new Accord will provide a strong challenge to the traditional premium manufacturers with sporty styling, greater refinement and excellent driving dynamics. All engines in the line up will be Euro 5 emissions compliant, and the model will feature a sector-leading package of safety systems.
Making its debut in Accord is Honda's second-generation diesel engine - the i-DTEC - which builds on the outstanding qualities of the award-winning i-CTDi unit. Not only is the new diesel more powerful - offering 150bhp at 4,000rpm - it also offers cleaner emissions and is smoother to drive.
Like its predecessor, the new i-DTEC engine is compact, lightweight, refined and quiet in operation. It employs the latest piezoelectric multi-stage fuel injection technology, more efficient exhaust gas recirculation and a particulate filter for significantly reduced emissions. Peak torque is now 350Nm at 2000 rpm.
The 2.0-litre petrol i-VTEC offers 156bhp at 6300 rpm, and improves on its class-leading fuel economy. Key technological changes include increased diameter intake valves, further optimised valve lift and timing and increased inlet and exhaust air flow volumes.
Meanwhile, the 2.4-litre i-VTEC engine is more powerful, delivering a respectable 200bhp at 7000 rpm and peak torque of 233Nm at 4,500 rpm. Behind the figures are a compression ratio increased from 10.5 to 11.0:1, larger valves, revised valve timing, and reduced exhaust system pressures. All three engines are matched to a 6-speed manual transmission, while both petrol engines have the option of a 5-speed automatic. An automatic gearbox for the i-DTEC engine will be launched in early 2009.
Manual models feature a Shift Indicator Light which appears in the centre of the rev counter. 'UP' or 'DOWN' graphics are displayed to advise the driver of the optimum point (in terms of best fuel economy) at which to change gear; Honda tests have demonstrated fuel savings of as much as five per cent by following these commands.
To create a more involving, communicative drive, the Accord development team used the highly-rated BMW 3 Series as a benchmark, and enthusiastic drivers will appreciate the new car's greater agility. A lowered centre of gravity, a wider track and the all-new front double wishbone and rear multilink suspension with variable rate dampers, plus greater body rigidity mean that the Accord more readily reacts to driver input. Handling is more responsive and confidence-inspiring and body roll has been reduced.
Speed sensitive electric power steering is standard on all models and the new axial system features a high output, low inertia brushless motor which provides excellent steering feel at higher speeds for a sense of stability and confidence. A quicker steering ratio has also been adopted in keeping with the Accord's more agile chassis characteristics.
As well as a host of passive safety features, the new Accord boasts an outstanding array of dynamic systems delivering even greater security. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is standard across the range and is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres by applying braking to the right or left hand wheels as necessary and modulating the engine torque output as required.
The new Accord also features an innovative system that utilises both VSA and the car's Electric Power Steering. Called Motion Adaptive EPS, it detects instability in slippery conditions both during cornering and under braking and automatically initiates steering inputs aimed to prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction.
Another important feature of Honda's VSA is Trailer Stability Assist which ensures, by using a combination of reduced engine torque and selective braking, that the vehicle is slowed to a safe and stable speed if snaking should occur while towing.
Honda continues to bring its latest safety technology to more drivers by offering an updated version of ADAS (Advanced Driving Assist System) as an option - and for the first time this will feature CMBS (Collision Mitigation Braking System). CMBS monitors the distance and closing rate between the Accord and the car directly in front of it, warning the driver of a likely collision with alarms and seatbelt 'tugs'. If the system detects that a collision is unavoidable, it automatically applies braking to reduce the effects of an impact.
ADAS also includes Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) which uses a camera to detect the car deviating from a traffic lane and provides steering torque when necessary, thereby reducing the burden of motorway driving while at the same time enhancing safety.
The Accord's passive safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters, dual stage front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, full-length curtain airbags and ISOFIX fittings and tether anchor points for secure childseat fixture on all models. There are also front seat active headrests which are triggered when the occupant is pushed into the seat in the event of a rear impact, so causing a rigid plate to activate a link to the headrest which pushes it forward to support the head.
Accord Tourer went on sale 1 Sept 2008.
Honda will launch its first automatic transmission for a diesel engine with the new gearbox debuting in the latest Accord. The eagerly-awaited auto ‘box for Honda's i-DTEC engine means the Accord will appeal to a new segment of customers, particularly in the corporate market, where high mileage user choosers often will only consider an automatic transmission.
The result is a responsive ‘box that's smooth and sporty with practically zero lag between kick-down and gear shift - especially when using the steering-wheel mounted paddles. In the saloon, top speed is 129mph with 150bhp at 4000rpm and torque of 350Nm at 2000rpm. By comparison, the Tourer manages a top speed of 126mph.
The new 5-speed unit uses the same straight gate layout and paddle shift system as seen on the Accord petrol automatic earlier this year. CO2 emissions are 173-174g/km depending on model grade, while claimed fuel economy is 42.8mpg (combined). The Accord i-DTEC automatic is available on all Accord model grades from January 2009. All engines in the Accord line up are designed to meet Euro 5 legislation.