Is a new 11th-generation Honda Accord sedan on the horizon for Australia?

    According to recently published government approval documents, what appears to be the new-generation Honda Accord four-door sedan has been approved for sale in Australia.

    This new listing refers to the vehicle that’s approved for sale as the “Accord 4DR SED 80”, whereas the older listing for the current model was last updated in 2021 and is called the “Accord 4DR SED 70”.

    It’s not uncommon for vehicles already on sale in Australia to receive new government approval document listings, however they typically don’t have a new model code attached to them.

    At this stage it’s unclear if this is confirmation of whether the new-generation Honda Accord will be sold in Australia. Sometimes carmakers get vehicles approved for sale locally, but never actually offer them.

    We’ve contacted Honda Australia for comment.

    This latest listing follows comments from Honda Australia director Carolyn McMahon, who was coy on the Accord nameplate sticking around for some time to come.

    “The Accord has been a favourite of ours for many many years,” said Ms McMahon.

    “It’s always an opportunity for us to show new technology.

    “We see it as a flagship for us. So we’ll have to watch this space.”

    As recently reported, the 11th-generation Honda Accord is going to be built in right-hand drive.

    The Japanese carmaker recently detailed the new Accord range for the Thai market, which is where the outgoing right-hand drive model is produced and exported to markets like Australia.

    The Thai-specification 11th-generation Honda Accord range, like the Japanese-market range, is hybrid-only for now.

    This powertrain consists of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 108kW/182Nm and dual electric motors producing 135kW/335Nm for a total system output of 152kW of power.

    This is technically 6kW down on the current Australian-specification Accord hybrid.

    A base 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine is available in the US, while in China it’s also available with a 2.0-litre plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain.

    Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Google built-in, which includes embedded Google Maps, Google Play and Google Assistant.

    Google Maps can also be displayed in the 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster.

    Ahead of the driver is a 11.5-inch head-up display, while a multi-function dial in the centre stack can be used to control functions like the sound system, air-conditioning and lighting.

    That’s in contrast with the US model, which has a more conventional climate control array.

    Other equipment available in Thailand includes LED active cornering lights, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, multi-colour ambient lighting, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, dual-zone climate control, wireless phone charger, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

    A suite of active safety technology is available, including front and rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot assist, autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane-keep assist, and Traffic Jam Assist. There are also knee airbags for both front seat occupants.

    Honda has said in 2025 it will introduce its next-generation Honda Sensing 360 technology in the Accord, offering hands-off driving capabilities.

    In Thailand, the new Accord will be offered in three different trim levels – e:HEV E, e:HEV EL, and e:HEV RS.

    Honda says the new Accord is based on its enhanced global architecture and has greater chassis rigidity than before with stiffer body supports and new front brace bars.

    The four-wheel independent suspension has been retuned for a more engaging driving experience, while new front suspension damper mount bearings and ball joints are said to improve steering smoothness.

    The Accord is 71mm longer than its predecessor with a 10mm wider track, and features cleaner flanks and detailing.

    A sharp feature line runs down the side of the car, and the Accord retains a fastback-like silhouette. Honda also touts the Accord’s airy greenhouse and slim A-pillars, aiding visibility.

    Honda says it has used premium materials throughout the cabin with “close attention paid to the operation of all switchgear and controls for a premium feel”.

    Metal mesh trim extends across the dashboard, like in the Civic, and conceals the air vents. There’s also more extensive use of piano black trim.

    MORE: Everything Honda Accord

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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