• Feb 11, 2008
click above for more high-res images of the 2009 Honda Accord for Europe

Not long after Honda showed off a single image of the new 2009 Acura TSX for the U.S. market, its doppelgänger was unveiled today as the 2009 Honda Accord and Accord Touring (wagon) for Europe. Set to debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show in early March, the new Euro Accord and its sporty wagon variant look much like our new TSX, save for a cleaner face with a traditional grille in place of the shield treatment given to Acura's new sport sedan. We particularly like the character line that bisects each door handle and meets the flared out front fender. Out back we see a new rear end that should be identical to the hind quarters of the new TSX.

The Euro Accord will be offered with three high-tech engines, all of which are compliant with stricter Euro 5 emissions regulations. The first is the second-gen i-DTEC diesel producing around 148 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque at just 2,000 rpm. This will be the same motor that Honda introduces as its first diesel for the U.S. market in the Acura TSX, and we can't wait. Europeans also get their choice of a 2.0L i-VTEC producing 154 horsepower and a 2.4L four-cylinder producing nearly 200 hp and 172 foot pounds of torque. All three engines can be mated to a 6-speed manual, while the gas engines get optional 5-speed automatics, as well.

The interior is also all new and combines the elegant design and expensive materials that we expect in a Honda with the button overload of more expensive luxury cars. The gauges are now of the "floating" backlit variety and flank an addition LCD screen that augments the deeply recessed nav system atop the center console.

The new European Accord looks sharp, is filled with new technology and will go on sale in Europe before we get the new 2009 Acura TSX.

[Source: Honda]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      well done i'd say

      not the best at anything, but if they do bring that wagon stateside with the SH-AWD and the RDx's turbo 4 with 250HP - they might have a competior to the A4 2.0 Turbo, which the Acura will smoke in straight line and handling, not to mention VW reliability
      • 6 Years Ago
      Never going to happen, but I'd love the wagon. (Canadian-only TSX Wag please?) :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      crap, they get the non fugly grille treatment...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks a lot better with the Euro grille than the US one. That wagon is nice too! It's too bad Acura is putting that big chrome schnoz on everything now....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sure, I'll buy that Sebring anytime (sarcasm).
      • 6 Years Ago
      The wagon is hot. If I bought the TSX, I'd be tempted to get a European grille.
      • 6 Years Ago
      go get your eyes checked
      i think you might be dreaming with your eyes open
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, I would do anything for an Accord Wagon with a diesel and a 6spd manual.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The more I see of Honda's new vehicles, the more I realize they're human and vulnerable just like the rest of the car companies.

      Nothing they've come out with in the last several months has wowed many people.

      They may be giants, but they're not 12 feet tall - they're only 9 feet tall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The thing I love most about my TSX and Acura's in general are the interiors. Simply beautiful. I imagine the US version will get some blue/white gauges as opposed to the red/blue we see here...

      Anyone else see the heavy BMW influence in the interior design? The silver-lined gauges, the recessed navi screen, the understated center cluster with the central joystick... In my opinion it looks much nicer than the BMW.

      Also, I don't mind the grille here. The RL redesign is hideous, but the grille works for me here and on the MDX. I realize I'm the minority on this one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Attention all Americans:

      Gigantic SUVs will give your children cancer. Tastefully designed wagons are healthier.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey guys,calm down,like every other new car it has physically to appear on road for few months before we get to judge the vehicle.just think this way, the American honda engineering is the best technological advance in the world.
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