Honda released today the official details and first photos of the 2011 Accord, which will be officially unveiled in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As you can see from the photos, the new car comes with a revised exterior styling, an enhanced interior as well as new engines. Regarding the new exterior design, this includes changes to the headlights (featuring Active Cornering Lights) and bumpers, a new front grille and new cooling duct and fog lights.
Furthermore, the rear of the car has new rear lights with light red finish for the revers light. As expected, the 2011 Accord also comes with three new colors: Alabaster Silver, Graphite Lustre and Celestial Blue Pear. Inside, the vehicle features new seat materials and door linings, while Type S models now have exclusive half leather, seats in a dark grey finish and a black head lining to further distinguish the top grade.
The few, slight modifications in the interior such as changing the door linings and seat materials of most grades complement the styling changes done to the exterior. These, in turn, have changed the cabin’s ambience. Type S models have exclusive dark grey half- leather seats as well as a black head lining to easily recognize which is top grade.
They include a hand brake covered with metal-look finish inner trim, steering wheel accents, gear lever surround and door inlays with red background that expand across the center of the dash, which comes in a darker shade to match the fabrics of the interior.
The footwells of most models light up in blue whenever the headlights are on but they illuminate red on the Type S models. To further boost fuel economy and improve emissions, the advanced 2.2 liter 150 Psi-DETC has reduced inner frictional losses. As a result, there has been a 9g/km decline in CO2 emissions for the sedan that has a 6-speed manual transmission while an 11g/km drop was recorded for the automatic model.
These internal modifications have been combined with a multitude of underbody aerodynamic aids such as a bigger front air dam, underfloor as well as a rear subframe cover. The engineers at Honda have exerted a lot of effort to also reduce frictional losses in the tires and wheels by using reduced rolling resistance tires and low friction wheel bearings. Accords with Automatic transmission have also benefitted from reduced frictional losses in the gearbox and optimized ratios for improving fuel economy and emissions.
The NVH performance of the latest Accord is impressive enough yet it has been further enhanced by adopting a higher density foam in the dashboard and under the bonnet. Moreover, the underfloor noise insulation has been changed and combined with more sound dampening shields on the DPF and the diesel engine’s exhaust manifold cover.
To complete the set of noise reduction techniques, the rear window glass thickness has been increased by 0.9 mm. so that the rear passengers will have an improved riding experience. Japanese engineers worked with their German and UK counterparts to further improve the dampers of Honda Accord Tourer and sedan to cope with the different road conditions present in Europe.
Comprehensive modification of the dual mode dampers has upgraded high speed stability for driving along the highway and has significantly improved ride quality, even along poor or rough roads. Adding Active Cornering lights to improve illumination every time the vehicle turns is one of the most noticeable changes that the top of the line Accords have gone through.
More lights have been subtly included in the existing units, directing the light to the vehicle’s sides to guide the driver during low visibility situations. The lights on the relevant side will light up whenever the driver turns on the indicators towards that particular direction or whenever he turns the steering wheel beyond 90 degrees.
If the vehicle turns around, both lights will be activated so that the driver can have a clear view of either side. One more new lighting technology that Honda is now using is the High Beam Support system. This is included in vehicles that have the bi-HID (xenon high and low beam) headlights.
A CMOS camera controls this system. This is incorporated in the windscreen in the driver’s rear view mirror. This camera has the ability to detect approaching headlights or taillights of vehicles in front. Then, it automatically lowers the headlights to their normal setting when they are on high-beam. This allows the driver to fully focus on the road, without the need to manually change the light settings.