Honda Accord 2013 launched in UAE & GCC
The 2013 Honda Accord just had its GCC launch at an event in Dubai. The UAE played host to the debut of both the sedan and coupe models, and it was interesting to see that the Middle East version actually got its own unique mechanical specifications, based on consumer sensibilities here.
There are two engines available for this American-built model. The first one is a mildly-updated 173 hp 2.4-litre 4-cylinder, mated to a 5-speed automatic rather than the CVT that the U.S. gets. The second is a 276 hp 3.5-litre V6, mated to a 6-speed automatic. Whether sedan or coupe, all models gets active noise cancellation, to reduce engine noise.
The basic 2.4 DX sedan gets halogen headlights with standard LED front running lamps and tail lights, 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, basic power accessories, manual a/c, 6-speaker CD/MP3 stereo, “i-MID” LCD info display, cloth upholstery, ABS and two front airbags.
The 2.4 LX sedan adds floor mats, side and curtain airbags, stability control and hill-start assist, as does all other trim levels. In certain markets, it is additionally offered with a sunroof, 17-inch aluminium wheels, and a touchscreen control panel for multimedia functions.
The 2.4 EX sedan further adds front fog lights, power-folding mirrors, Bluetooth, dual-zone a/c, leather seats, leather steering wheel, power rear sunshade, smart keyless entry and start, auto-dimming mirror, rear parking sensors and a power driver’s seat.
The 2.4 EX sedan can be upgraded with navigation, rear camera, “i-Dual” a/c, 7-speaker stereo with subwoofer, USB/AUX ports, and a power-adjustable passenger seat.
The 3.5 EX sedan adds the V6 engine and transmission, dual exhaust tips, wooden steering wheel, rear-side window sunshades, and a new feature called “LaneWatch” that adds a camera under the right-side mirror to visually monitor your right blindspot. It also becomes the only midsize sedan in its class to get LED headlights, although it looks a lot like regular HIDs in person.
The 3.5 Sport sedan additionally gets 18-inch alloys, little paddle-shifters, and leather steering. It should be noted that the Sport does not get sportier suspension tuning like it does in the States.
The 2.4 EX coupe comes with halogen headlights with LEDs, 17-inch alloys, fog lights, sunroof, smart keyless entry and start, power-folding mirrors, cloth upholstery, leather steering wheel, dual-zone auto a/c, rear camera, 7-speaker stereo with touchscreen panel and USB/AUX ports, Bluetooth, power driver’s seat, auto-dimming mirror, floor mats and all safety features.
The 3.5 EX adds the V6 engine, LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, dual exhaust tips, paddle-shifters, navigation, LaneWatch camera, “i-Dual” a/c and leather upholstery.
There are further options for both the sedan and the coupe, such as a complete body kit with lip spoiler, LED door-sill plates and footwell lights, and external chrome strips.
For full specs, visit the Honda Accord buyer guide.