Markham, Ontario., April 21, 2016 – Honda will bolster its Accord lineup with the launch of the 2017 Accord Hybrid this summer, featuring a more powerful and efficient second-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain that has top class fuel economy ratings of any midsize hybrid sedan and delivers the most power.
“The new Honda Accord Hybrid is the ultimate Accord – the most refined, technologically advanced and, of course, most fuel efficient in the lineup,” said Dave Gardner, Senior Vice President of Operations, Honda Canada Inc. With the addition of this new hybrid model, we are pleased to offer more options for our customers.”
In addition to its more powerful and fuel efficient hybrid powertrain, the 2017 Accord Hybrid carries the substantial upgrades made to the entire Accord lineup for model year 2016. This includes the latest technology Honda has to offer, including the Display Audio with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™and the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, to be offered as standard equipment on all new 2017 Accord Hybrids. Hybrid-exclusive design features include a special aluminum hood and wheels, blue highlighted LED headlights and taillights and “Hybrid” exterior badging. A more compact hybrid battery pack increases trunk capacity to 382L.
Combining the next generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system with an ultra-efficient 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson Cycle engine, the 2017 Accord Hybrid powertrain will achieve peak combined output of 212 horsepower, the highest of any midsize hybrid sedan and up 16 horsepower over the 2015 Accord Hybrid. Anticipated NRCan fuel economy ratings of 4.9/5.1/5.0 L/100kms(city/highway/combined) put the Accord Hybrid at the top of the class for ratings, making it the most powerful and fuel efficient midsize hybrid sedan in Canada.
The Accord Hybrid’s two-motor hybrid powertrain takes an elegant and innovative approach to hybrid power, eliminating the need for a conventional mechanical transmission. The Accord Hybrid’s powertrain seamlessly transitions between three operations:
• EV Drive – using its electric propulsion motor and lithium ion battery pack drives the front wheels for short distances under light loads (with the engine turned off)
• Hybrid Drive – the electric propulsion motor drives the front wheels while the gasoline engine powers a second motor/generator to supplement electrical current drawn from the battery pack
• Engine Drive – using a lock-up clutch mechanism to connect the engine and propulsion motor, the front wheels are driven by both the motor and gasoline engine.
With its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and Honda Sensing™ technology, the 2017 Accord is anticipated to receive the highest available crash safety rating from the U.S. government – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA – and a similar top rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2017 Accord Hybrid will be available in two trims – Hybrid and Hybrid Touring – and both grades will feature increased levels of standard and available equipment. New standard features include , 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay compatibility, remote engine start, LED fog lights and Honda Sensing™, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Available new features on Hybrid Touring include wireless charger, Auto high beam headlights, rain sensing wipers and front and rear parking sensors.
The Accord has been named a Car and Driver magazine “10Best” an unprecedented 30 times and has been the most popular intermediate car in Canada with retail car buyers for three consecutive years.