Honda Russia releases sketches of the Euro spec 2013 Accord luxury sedan
Earlier in the day, we carried a story about Honda possibly not launching the 2013 Accord sedan in the Indian market as the Japanese automaker seeks to concentrate on its small car portfolio in India. The 2013 Accord though will certainly head to other international markets. Honda Russia has just put out two sketches of the Euro-Spec 2013 Accord, that is expected to be launched globally by the end of 2012. Usually, the American and European Honda car models differ slightly in terms of styling, features, transmission options and engines offered.
From the sketch though, the Euro-Spec Accord looks almost similar to the American version although we could have lesser chrome on the European version of the flagship luxury sedan from Honda. The sketch also makes the Accord look more lower slung and sportier than it actually is, which is usually how car sketches are. Another important change would be the diesel engine option on the European Accord, in the form of the 2.2 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine. The European Accord has featured this very engine for a couple of generations now and the latest model will carry forward the diesel legacy, albeit only in Europe though.
The rest of the world would have to make do with petrol engined variants, of which Honda offers two engines, an inline 4 and a V6. Days ago, an image depicting the dashboard of the 2013 Accord surfaced onto the interweb. The dashboard of the Accord showed a new in car entertainment center console and many other features, while looking quite similar to the dashboard that the 2013 CR-V crossover features. The 2013 Honda Accord will be pitted at the likes of the Toyota Camry, the Hyundai Sonata Fluidic, the Volkswagen Passat and the Skoda Superb.
While all of the above cars sell in the Indian car market, it would be a shame really if Honda decides to not bring the 2013 Accord to India, citing poor sales. A diesel engine is what the 2013 Accord needs to become a decent seller in the Indian luxury car market and Honda knows this best. However, it is perplexing(dirty Indian diesel apart) as to why the Japanese car giant is shying away from bringing diesel engined variants of car models like the Accord, Civic and the CR-V to India, even though all these cars in diesel guise have good potential to ride on the goodwill and faith the Honda brand enjoys in this part of the world.