2018 Honda Accord and Honda Gold Wing bike launched in UAE & GCC
The all-new 2018 versions of the Honda Accord sedan and the Honda Goldwing touring motorcycle have been launched in the GCC, at an event held in the UAE.
The big news for the 2018 Honda Accord is the switch to exclusively turbo 4-cylinder engines, even as the all-new Toyota Camry continues to offer the same old engines.
Other features of the Accord include more use of ultra-high strength steel and use of new building techniques such as structural adhesives and acoustic spray foam, while being lighter and more rigid. It also gets aluminium-intensive front suspension, variable-ratio electronic power steering, electric parking brake, standard LED headlights and three new alloy wheel designs in 17-inch and 18-inch.
The base powertrain is the 198 hp 1.5-litre direct-injected VTEC Turbo with CVT automatic in three trim levels (two offered in UAE), and a 2.0-litre direct-injected VTEC Turbo with a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic.
The trim levels are LX, Sport, EX and EX-L in 1.5T versions, and only a fully-loaded Sport in 2.0T form. All models get LED headlights and 8 airbags, while an 8-inch touchscreen audio system is available on EX and higher trims (7-inch screen on lower trims). The Sport models get 18-inch wheels and darker chrome grille as well as a heads-up display, 10-speaker premium audio and more. EX-L and 2.0T Sport trims come with the Honda Sensing suite of active-safety technologies such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, among others.
For prices and specs, visit the Honda buyer guide.
Meanwhile, the Honda Gold Wing motorcycle is now available as the base model GL1800 Gold Wing, and as a ‘Tour’ edition with top box, which will also offer a version equipped with a 6-speed manual (with hill-start assist) or a 7-speed DCT automatic (with 1.8 kph front walking mode and 1.2 kph reverse). Power comes from a 125 hp 1.8-litre flat-6 engine with 170 Nm of torque.
New features include a smart key system, airbag, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth connectivity, windscreen angle and height adjustment, all-LED lighting and more. The 7-inch full-colour TFT liquid crystal display screen provides infotainment-related information (for the audio systems) as well as managing the HSTC and suspension adjustment. The rear top box of the ‘Tour’ versions will hold 2 full-face helmets.