Accord 2.2 i-CTDi Executive

Honda’s first own designed and developed diesel will set the benchmark in the family car class

Honda’s latest Accord has quickly established itself as one of the best prospects in the "quality" family car class. Early next year there will be a diesel version to complement respected 2.0 and 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engines.

It’s an important launch for Honda since it opens up potential Accord ownership to a whole new customer segment. And significantly the new 2.2 i-CTDi engine which powers it is the first car diesel unit to be fully designed and developed in-house by the company.

As such it has a lot to live up to. Honda is the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines and has a strong tradition of innovation; its customers have come to expect the very best in all-round performance.

The Accord 2.2 i-CTDi does not disappoint. Measured across a range of criteria, the new unit delivers a blend of performance, refinement and efficiency to compete with the very best in the market. A combined fuel consumption of 52.3 (Tourer 48.7 mpg) and peak torque of 340 Nm at just 2,000 rpm, are both improvements on the benchmark Audi A4 TDi 130 and BMW 320.

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Published : 05/09/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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