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Satish Kalepu Satish Kalepu Saturday 29 March 2008

The new Eighth generation Honda Accord has been unveiled! But hold on! It is still for the American markets, Indian auto lovers still have to wait. With the new contours and new look, it is nearing the E-class proportions. You can expect a commanding presence that is sure to attract from furtive glances to dazzled stares from the onlookers. The new Honda Accord is actually on the roads to compete the Toyota Camry.

Honda has always marked success stories in India and Honda Accord has also delighted those who have owned this sedan ever since 2003 when it was launched in India. On the other hand, in the US markets, these two Japanese giants have been exchanging punches since many years. The new Honda Accord still awaits final feedback from the consumers.

Under the Hood

The powerful engines have always amazed Honda car lovers.  New Honda Accord would be accompanied with two engines - 2.4L 4-cylinder and a 3.5L V6. The 2.4L petrol produces 180bhp and the 3.5L with a kick ass 270Bhp, and also can be operated with 3, 4, or 6 cylinders. It also promises better fuel economy with Honda`s Variable Cylinder Management Technology. Turbo-charged versions of the model are still reserved for the western world and Indian customers would not have a chance to experience them. However, you can experience the 5 speed manual as well as automatic transmission in the Indian version of the car.

Under the Roof and Above

As rightly said, the new looks of Honda Accord 2008 in India is geared towards the E-class proportions. The exteriors are far better than its earlier version and you can be proud of its smooth contours. The long stretched headlights with bold tough lines along the hood. The Honda logo in chrome proudly sits in the middle that boasts of "Quality Brand" for an Indian customer.

Interiors are as luxurious as ever. 5 large adults can easily sit in the car with their legs stretched. Does it mean enough room and leg space? It sure does! The smooth interiors and stunning contours of the dashboard gives a rich experience. The upholstery is also of good quality and speaks for those who have a lifestyle. Steering wheel has full audio video controls as well as cruise controls.

Back seats are foldable with large boot space that competes with Toyota Camry. It can easily hold extra cargo at the back. However, its lacks the blue light in the cockpit present in Camry.

On the Pocket

The New Honda Accord 2008 is expected to mark another success story like its predecessors, if priced appropriately. According to the company sources, it is expected to be priced approximately Rs 2 lac higher than its earlier versions but would be equipped with more luxuries and better performing gears.

Thus, the skepticism continues if the Indian consumers would welcome the price hike for more luxury! All we have to do is to wait for a better sedan with more commanding presence and performance.

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