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Honda Thailand has officially launched the new Honda Accord Hybrid, a few months after the refreshed model made its global debut back in April. Two variants are offered to Thai customers – 2.0 Hybrid and 2.0 Hybrid Tech – priced at 1,659,000 baht (RM192,691) and 1,849,000 baht (RM214,782), respectively.

The hybrid powertrain here consist of a revised 2.0 litre four-cylinder i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle petrol engine that develops 145 hp and 175 Nm. This is boosted by new electric motors for the car’s two-motor i-MMD hybrid system, powered by a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a maximum output of 184 hp and 315 Nm. Overall, the total system output available is 215 hp, with power sent through an E-CVT. The powertrain also comes with four operating modes.

In “Hybrid Drive” mode, the petrol engine powers a second motor/generator to recharge the more compact lithium ion battery pack, while an electric propulsion motor actually drives the wheels. “Engine Drive” mode brings the combustion engine into play, using a lock-up clutch mechanism to connect the engine and propulsion motor, the front wheels are driven by both the motor and petrol engine.

Moving on, there’s “EV Drive” mode, which allows for all-electric driving for short distances (engine switched off) up to maximum top speed of 120 km/h. For those more concerned about a sporty drive rather than fuel efficiency, there is “Sport Drive Mode.”

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Visually, the new model adopts the same exterior updates as the facelifted Accord. However, the Accord Hybrid gets model-specific badges on its body, different wheels and blue accents on the LED headlamps and tail lamps. Four colours are offered – Grey Modern Steel, Lunar Silver, White Orchid Pearl and Black Crystal Pearl, with the last two costing a little more.

Similar to the exterior, the Accord Hybrid gains the same trim and equipment upgrades as the facelifted non-hybrid Accord. Standard kit include eight-way power seats (with memory), push start, 7.7-inch multi-info display, electronic parking brake and 7-inch touchscreen audio with Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink for smartphones and WiFi hotspot.

A new addition to the cabin is the “EV Mode” button, which is located on the right side of the centre console. Customers will also have a choice of three interior colours, depending on the exterior paint chosen – beige, black and brown.

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As for safety, the Honda Sensing suite is only available on the range-topping 2.0 Hybrid Tech. The suite includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collission Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keeping Assist System.

In terms of warranty, Honda Thailand provides a 10-year warranty on the battery and a 5-year warranty on the entire Honda Hybrid system with no limit on mileage. Additionally, the company is also offering a limited-time Privilege Package to extend the warranty period of the car for an additional two years or 40,000 km, which means total coverage of five years or 140,000 km. Also provided is a five-year or 100,000 km free maintenance package for customers who buy a new Honda Accord Hybrid.

With the launch of the new Accord Hybrid in Thailand, would you want Honda Malaysia to introduce the new Accord Hybrid here as an alternative to the Toyota Camry Hybrid?