Honda Malaysia has introduced the facelifted Accord for 2011, with some minor cosmetic enhancements leading the way – the car gets a new chrome front grille, front bumper, a rear chrome trunk lid and a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, the latter to be found on the 2.4 litre variant.
Other revisions and refinements come in the form of front corner sensors, an enhanced interior cabin, and though push-button start ignition still isn’t to be found, there’s a new jack-knife ignition key.
The interior remains very much unchanged – everything, for example, is retained on the dashboard (instrument, switchgear etc) as it was on the pre-facelift model – but there are some refinements, if you like. These consist of a thicker floor mat to reduce the effect of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), one of the areas which the old car was perhaps lagging behind on, and both 2.0 litre VTi-L and VTi variants now come with a new leather steering wheel, with the latter also getting a leather-wrapped gear knob. No changes mechanically speaking, so the 2.0 and 2.4 litre four-pot units continue as is, with the same numbers.
The nicest news is that Honda Malaysia hasn’t bumped up the price for any of the facelifted variants, so the three Accord versions continue to sail on as such: RM142,800 for the 2.0 litre VTi, RM149,800 for the 2.0 litre VTi-L model and RM172,800 for the 2.4 litre VTi-L model, all on-the-road with insurance.
Five colours are available, these being Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl, joined by a new shade called Celestial Blue Metallic. The car’s already in the showrooms, so all you need is to haul on over.
As an aside, Honda Malaysia is presenting a photography exhibition tour in conjuction with the introduction of the facelifted car. The Journey of Ambition will showcase the legacy of the Accord, driven by Honda’s engineering spirit and boundless ambitions.
The exhibition starts off at Queensbay Mall, Penang from April 13-17, then heads on to One Utama Shopping Centre, PJ from April 20-24 and Empire Gallery, Subang from May 25-29 before ending in Tebrau City in Johor Bahru from June 21-26.