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Turns out the banner from yesterday’s post was spot on – the ninth-gen Honda Accord will be in showrooms on September 5, a day after the car is officially launched. Honda Malaysia will be introducing the car here in three variants – 2.0 VTi, 2.0 VTi-L and 2.4 VTi-L.

UPDATE: The Honda Accord has been officially launched, click here for the full launch report. Click here to read our review of the car.

As mentioned previously, the 2.4 litre version is powered by an ‘Earth Dreams‘ DOHC i-VTEC mill, good for 175 hp at 6,200 rpm and 225 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The 155 hp and 190 Nm 2.0 litre SOHC i-VTEC lump continues on from the outgoing eight-gen Accord, but has been given some minor revisions to offer better fuel efficiency.

Quite a bit on the kit list for the sedan, which is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, but with a roomier cabin and improved rear legroom (by 35.5 mm) as well as a larger boot (by 23 litres).

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All three variants are fitted with ECON Mode as standard, LED daytime running lights as well as a multi-angle rearview camera offering a 180-degree view for better visibility and an expanded view driver’s mirror, so that drivers can see more of what’s around the vehicle. Also on, a smart key system and push-button ignition for the 2.0 VTi-L and 2.4 VTi-L; the base 2.0 VTi continues with the traditional keyed ignition.

Both 2.0 and 2.4 litre models also feature improved NVH performance, courtesy of efficient noise insulation hardware, Active Noise Control (ANC) and Active Sound Control – the ANC uses the audio system to generate out-of-phase sound waves to reduce engine noise inside the cabin.

As expected, the 2.4 litre variant gets the bells and whistles – there’s a Lane Watch Camera, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side of the road, up to two lanes wide. The blind spot information is displayed on an eight-inch full-LED backlit VGA intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) screen.

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Other bits on the 2.4 are LED headlamps, making their debut on a Honda in Malaysia, as well as Active Cornering Lights, which come on when the indicators are activated or when the steering wheel is turned more than 90 degrees to assist the driver in low visibility conditions.

As for safety kit, standard kit includes the usual fare of ABS, EBD, brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control and Isofix mount points. The 2.0 litre models feature dual front airbags, while the 2.4 variant adds on i-Side Airbags with (OPDS) Occupant Position Detection System to make it four.

No pricing details, though ads for the car on oto.my offered an indicative pricing of RM149,800 for the 2.0 litre and RM175,500 for the 2.4 version. Still, this isn’t confirmed, so we’ll have to wait till next week to get the full lowdown on the car.

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