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Accord wagon on the cards

It also gives an indication of the design direction for the next-generation Accord Euro sedan as well.

The Accord Euro is due in local showrooms late next year and Honda spokesman Mark Higgins says the wagon could also be on the cards. “We've looked at it in the past and it didn't stack up,” he says.

“However, there is strong interest in that medium-wagon segment and with the Passat wagon, Mazda6 wagon and some of the smaller European wagons gaining ground, it's worth keeping an eye on.”

The Accord Euro will be wider and lower and if the concept Tourer is a guide, signals a more sporty styling approach than the existing car.

The extra width allows for a roomier cabin, and its wider front and rear track will benefit handling. Honda says innovative new chassis technology will deliver an involving driving experience without compromising ride comfort.

However, it did not disclose what the technology would be, preferring instead to save it for the car's launch at the Geneva motor show in March. In Europe, the Accord will be powered by a range of advanced, low emission engines, with a Euro 5-compliant engine line-up.

The two petrol engines of 2.0- and 2.4-litre capacities and a 2.2-litre diesel mirror those in the existing range, but power has been increased while emissions and fuel consumption have been cut. The newcomer will also have Honda's next-generation i-DTEC clean diesel.

Like all local importers, Honda Australia is watching the rise of diesel vehicles. “They are still on our wish list,” Higgins says. “But we still have no clear timetable of when we'll get diesels, or on what vehicles they will be available.”

The i-DTEC uses world-first technology to reduce emissions to a level equal to that of a petrol engine. Using latest injection technology, more efficient exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel particulate filter, the 2.2-litre engine exceeds the Euro V emission requirements without compromising performance.