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Honda Malaysia has pulled a surprise move by previewing the facelifted Honda Accord at the Royale Chulan Hotel today. The refreshed D-segment sedan was shown in range-topping 2.4 VTi-L trim and reveals the car in full for the first time – the company has only released a front three-quarter shot so far.

The car sports quite a few exterior changes, including the new Solid Wing Face front end design – a large chrome bar links the headlights, which on this car are full-LED units. The bumper has also been redesigned for a more aggressive look, and incorporates gloss black trim and LED fog lights.

At the rear, the Accord receives new LED tail lights with triple light guides and a wider chrome rear number plate garnish, and the rear valence has been reprofiled with a full-width chrome bar. The 18-inch wheels on this car have been carried over, but have been given a new gloss black finish on the inner surfaces.

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The display car was locked and the windows heavily tinted – much like when the new Civic was previewed before its launch – but a peek through the window revealed that the minor changes found on the Thai-market cars, including new wood and gloss black trim, will be included on Malaysian-spec models.

Visible here as well is a new 7.7-inch multi-info display and a seven-inch touchscreen audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Also expected to be included are Engine Remote Start, which allows one to start the engine and air con via the key fob (also in the new Civic), A memory function for the powered driver’s seat is also available there.

No specifications have been revealed just yet, but expect the current 155 hp/190 Nm 2.0 litre SOHC and 174 hp/225 Nm 2.4 litre Earth Dreams DOHC i-VTEC naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engines and five-speed automatic transmission to be carried over.

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The car shown here is painted in Obsidian Blue Pearl, a new colour for Honda. The other new colours for the Accord here are White Orchid Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic (the latter is the hero colour for the new Civic). Other colours are the familiar Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.

Honda Malaysia says that the new model – which is now open for booking – will go on a road tour from August 12 to September 4, before its launch in the third quarter of the year. Roadshow locations can be found on the official website.

The Accord facelift made its Thai debut in February and we got up close with the handsome big sedan at the Bangkok Motor Show in March. The Accord celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and you can relive memories via this through the years video.