The new Honda Accord has been officially launched at the 2019 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). The tenth-generation Accord comes in a sole 1.5T variant, priced at Rp 698 juta, which is equivalent to RM206,033. The new D-segment sedan starts from close to RM200k in Thailand, so that’s the ballpark price Malaysia should looking at.

The 1.5 litre engine is the VTEC Turbo unit with 190 PS and 260 Nm of torque available from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm. That’s our CR-V 1.5T level of tune (which is higher than the Civic), but with 17 Nm more torque. The 1.5T is essentially a replacement for the current 2.4 litre naturally aspirated engine, but unlike the outgoing generation, there’s no entry level 2.0L NA version of the new Accord.

Going out with the NA engines is the five-speed torque converter auto, replaced by a CVT with sport mode and paddle shifters. There’s an Accord Hybrid in Thailand, and it’s positioned higher than the 1.5T in the Land of Smiles.

The new 2019 Accord won’t be mistaken for the old one, as it boasts a fresh new look with a sweeping roofline. At 4,920 mm long and 1,860 mm wide, the new sedan is 10 mm shorter and 10 mm wider than before. That roofline sits 15 mm lower than before, while the 2,830 mm wheelbase is a significant 55 mm longer. The centre of gravity is 10 mm lower than before. The wheels are 18-inch blade-style items.

In Indonesia, the new Accord comes with the full Honda Sensing suite of safety features, including Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow. All exterior lights are LEDs, and there’s Auto-High Beam too.

Other safety features include six airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, VSA, Hill Start Assist, Honda LaneWatch and Driver Attention Monitor. The latter can help determine if the driver is becoming drowsy and will alert him/her to stop and take a break. Auto brake hold and a multi-angle rear view camera provide convenience.

The single spec also includes beige leather upholstery, powered front seats (memory and four-way lumbar), “boss seat” buttons, seven-inch digital instrument panel, eight-inch touchscreen head unit, remote engine start, keyless entry with push start, walk away auto lock, auto wipers, electric parking brake with auto hold, auto dimming rear view mirror and dual-zone auto air con with rear vents.

Speaking of the rear quarters, Honda says that there has been a 48 mm increase in legroom. Rear occupants also get to enjoy two USB charging ports and a larger sunshade. Honda has worked to reduce rolling noise from the tyres and underbody, and there’s Active Noise Cancellation to counter noise inside the cabin.

The all-new D-segment contender is available in four colours in Indonesia, and they are White Pearl Platinum, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic and this example’s Crystal Black Pearl. What do you think of the new Accord that’s surely coming to Malaysia next?

Yay or nay, it looks like we’re now in an era where Japanese D-segment sedans start at around RM200k (the Camry 2.5V is priced at RM197k), and the benefactors are BMW and Mercedes-Benz.