Honda refreshes the hot-selling Accord for 2016 with styling changes, Apple …

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2016 Honda Accord gets a new look, loads more tech.

A new Accord isn’t normally reason for excitement but the latest 2016 model is certainly worth a close look at, even for those buyers considering a near-premium sedan or perhaps even a model from Honda’s upmarket division Acura. The 2016 Accord is an updated version of the model on sale since the 2013 model year, and key among the changes are the sharp new look and expanded tech. So it was only fitting that Honda unveiled its mid-cycle refresh for the Accord Thursday at its newly expanded Silicon Valley research and development facility.

Last year, “it was outright the best-selling car in California and also the No. 1 selling car to customers under 35, so it’s important to attract the car to millennials.” What better place to start than at the millennial mecca? The front and rear fascia is new, the hood has been redesigned, and the Accord now features 19-inch wheels, all working together to give it a more aggressive look. Today’s rededication of sorts—in an expanded R&D facility—symbolizes Honda’s renewed interest toward integrating some of the best aspects of today’s technological landscape into its increasingly sensor-friendly (and sophisticated) vehicles. “Much of the fundamental technological progress we all hope to achieve requires both a strong cooperative and competitive spirit.

Mix in new LED headlights, LED taillights and LED fog lights along with a new, “more expressive” grille and presto! — “Honda’s signature look,” as Marie called it, is ready to roll. There’s tremendous opportunity for everyone in this space, be it Honda, or Ford, or Tesla, or Apple,” said Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas. Honda didn’t unveil pricing for the new 2016 Accord, but it will be the very first Honda vehicle to support both Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. It works together with the existing center stack display and includes compatibility with the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems. Honda Sensing includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

There’s been no changes made to the powertrain offerings, which means the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine still outputs 185 horsepower, and the available 3.5-liter V-6 is still delivering 278 hp. Honda officials said changes here would be minimal and, as such, the Accord will still feature a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or a CVT transmission and a 3.5-litre V-6 paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. By performing various gestures overtop a Leap Motion sensor, a driver could select a device—like a side mirror—and change its position by moving a hand around in mid-air. Pointing to a nearby fan and twirling a finger also let a driver or passenger adjust its speed. (Insert your own Minority Report joke here.) Honda also ran live demonstrations of its work on pedestrian-sensing technologies. Though a lot of this driver-assisted technology could be used in self-driving vehicles, Honda executives were quick to note that the company isn’t necessarily trying to push its cars to drive themselves. “Although a self-driving vehicle is one potential outcome of this technological revolution, the real value is the ability of technology to reduce and ultimately eliminate vehicle collisions, injuries, and fatalities,” Paluch said.

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