The Accord range is being expanded, this time with a more efficient offering to rival the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

AJAC’s 2013 Car of the Year is getting a more fuel efficient option added to the list of model offerings. Honda will start rolling out Accord Hybrid models this fall in Canada.

The new model will feature Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system in the same vein as the old Accord Hybrid and its impressive performance. It will also see improved mileage, with numbers coming in at 4.1 L/100km city, 4.2 L/100km highway.

Expect the new model to be fairly tech laden and prices to reflect that. No pricing has been announced.

Press release below.

Honda Expands Accord Lineup this Fall with 2014 Accord Hybrid Featuring Class-Leading Fuel Economy Ratings and Exclusive Styling

· One of the Class-leading Fuel Economy (city and combined) 4.0/4.1L/100Km anticipated
· Accord Hybrid shares Accord Sedan’s sophisticated design highlighted with exclusive hybrid styling accents
· Honda’s first hybrid to be assembled in Marysville, Ohio
· Accord Hybrid to go on-sale nationwide in October 2013

MARKHAM, Ont. – The Accord Hybrid features the same sophisticated styling found on the Accord Sedan, plus upscale detailing with unique hybrid badging and blue-accented grille and light lenses, LED lighting, a unique wheel design and a decklid spoiler. The Accord Hybrid joins an award-winning family, including the Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid will use Honda’s new two-motor hybrid powertrain along with two-motor SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Multi Mode Drive powertrain. This will enable the Accord Hybrid to move through three different driving modes, EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive to optimize efficiency and fuel economy.

In ‘EV Drive’, the Accord Hybrid uses the lithium-ion battery to run in electric-only mode at lower speeds and in medium to high speed cruising, “Engine Drive” sends the engine power directly to the front wheels. In “Hybrid Drive’ the powerful 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor and the all-new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine blend together for powerful acceleration while allowing for efficient driving in stop and go traffic situations. The Accord Hybrid is anticipated to deliver fuel economy1 of 4.0/4.2/4.1 (City/Hwy/Combined) L/100Km.

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be the first Honda hybrid vehicle assembled in Ohio and the second built in North America. The Accord Hybrid joins the diverse Accord lineup, which includes the four-cylinder and V-6 powered Accord Sedan and sporty Accord Coupe.

Inside, the Accord Hybrid’s intuitive layout provides the driver with instant fuel economy and energy flow information for optimal driving performance. Along with innovative new features such Honda’s LaneWatch™ blind-spot monitoring system, an industry-first which debuted on the Accord last fall, other available features on the 2014 Accord Hybrid include Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), an 8-inch colour i-MID display, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, cloud-based HondaLink™ featuring Aha™, 360-watt seven-speaker audio system with Bluetooth® streaming audio, XM® Radio, and a multi-angle rear-view camera with guidelines.

The 2014 Accord Hybrid features the same next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure as the 2013 Accord, along with Honda’s new SmartVent™ front-side airbags. Like the 2013 Accord, the 2014 Accord Hybrid is expected to earn similar top safety ratings including an NCAP 5-Star safety ratings and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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