2016 Honda Accord with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. unveiled the refreshed version of the ninth generation Honda Accord in Silicon Valley today.

2016 Honda Accord

Apple CarPlay

The 2016 Honda Accord is Honda’s first vehicle to offer Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto.

Although Silicon Valley seems to be an odd place to unveil a new grocery getter, there is method to this madness.

Honda chose Silicon Valley as it is world’s capital of technology and Honda used the unveiling to highlight the opening of its research and development center in Mountain View that is tasked to work on future mobility, internet connected vehicles, autonomous technology, and much more advanced techs geared towards future of automotive.

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord with LED lights and 19 inch wheels

Another reason is that the 2016 Honda Accord is Honda’s most technologically advanced vehicle to date, and this unveiling back’s tech giants’ role in future of Automotive Industry.

The 2016 Honda Accord continues to offer both 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder versions with automatic or manual transmissions.

The new Accord is adopting the Honda/Acura corporate look by integrating LED headlights and shield front grille, and for the first time Honda Accord has standard LED tail-lights on all trims.

2016 Honda Accord

Standard LED tail-lights

Honda is shaking things up with recent unveiling of the 2016 Acura NSX Supercar, mini Honda S660 / S1000 sports car and upcoming mid-engined Honda S2000 successor.

2016 Honda Accord Press Release

Honda Introduces the Highest Tech Accord Yet in High Tech’s U.S. Hub—Silicon Valley

– Upgraded 2016 Honda Accord features one of the first applications of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a volume-produced vehicle
– More dynamic styling, including first 19-inch wheels on Accord
– Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive tech available on all trims
– New 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Honda Accord

Mountain View, California, July 23, 2015 – Honda introduced a refreshed 2016 Honda Accord loaded with advanced technology in Silicon Valley today, the first time the company has launched a new vehicle in the U.S. tech hub.

Coming to market in August, the 2016 Honda Accord will be the first Honda model and among the first high-volume cars in the marketplace to feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These and other major upgrades to technology and features make it the most high-tech Accord ever.

The 2016 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe receive dynamic new styling, a new Display Audio touchscreen interface, and Honda Sensing, the most comprehensive suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies in the midsize car class. The 2016 Honda Accord also adds HD Radio, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a number of other new features and technology to be revealed in coming weeks.

Details on the 2016 Honda Accord Hybrid will be announced at a later date.

“Where else to introduce the most technologically advanced midsize sedan, the 2016 Honda Accord, than in Silicon Valley,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of the Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

“Customers want their vehicles to be more intelligently integrated with their smartphone powered lives, and we are committed to delivering that experience starting with Accord, retail car buyers’ most popular vehicle the past two years.”

2016 Honda Accord Exterior and Interior design

The 2016 Honda Accord gets a major facelift with sportier, more sophisticated styling, front and rear. In front is a more sharply creased and intricately structured bumper fascia with outside edges that tuck into intake-like meshed areas that house new LED fog lights (Sport trim and above).

A new aluminum hood features sharper character lines that meet up with a brighter, more expressive front grille. In the rear, the Accord gets restyled LED taillights and a similarly aggressive rear bumper fascia redesign.

While all models feature restyled wheels, the Accord Sedan (Sport and Touring trim) and Coupe (Touring, new for Cupe) get new, larger 19-inch wheels and tires. The Touring sedan also gets a new rear deck spoiler. All models, Coupe and Sedan, feature the expanded use of LED lighting – LED taillights for all models, LED headlights for the new Touring Coupe, and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) for Sport and above trims.

Honda Sensing

All 2016 Honda Accords also can now be equipped with Honda Sensing, among the most comprehensive suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies in the class. Honda Sensing includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and is available as a standalone option on all trims with the exception of Touring, where Honda Sensing is included as standard equipment.

Also, all 2016 Honda Accords feature a standard Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror and, for the first time, new auto high-beam headlights (Touring trim) that enhance nighttime visibility and driving convenience by defaulting to the high-beam setting and automatically switching to low beams when an oncoming vehicle is detected.

Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The Accord audio and digital experience also is significantly upgraded with the application of a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, on EX and above trims, as well as available HondaLink Assist (e911) and HD Radio. The intuitive and easy-to-use capacitive touchscreen lets users swipe, tap and pinch—just like on a tablet or smartphone to control the vehicle’s audio system, display settings and other advanced features.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are designed to support seamless smartphone integration and offer a multitude of new functions and features.

Apple CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.

To take full advantage of these new systems and features, the 2016 Honda Accord’s new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen is paired with an upper 7.7-inch high-resolution display screen and steering wheel-mounted controls. The upper screen can display audio settings, turn-by-turn directions, time and trip information, LaneWatch and Rearview Camera displays, incoming calls, SMS text messages when stopped, and parking sensor alerts.

Upgraded Features

The Accord value proposition is further bolstered by new standard and available features: Accord EX and above trims (Sedan and Coupe) with automatic transmission get remote engine start, 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen and HD Radio. SiriusXM satellite radio and Homelink remote, previously on EX-L and Touring, are now standard on EX and above trims.

Sport and above trims in the sedan lineup also get a new 60/40 split and folding rear seat, previously a one-piece folding design. The Accord Sedan in Touring trim gets heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors and new rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Advanced Powertrains

The 2016 Honda Accord will continue to be offered with two advanced Honda engines: a direct-injected (DI) 2.4-liter inline i-VTEC 4-cylinder and a 3.5-liter VTEC V6 that is the most powerful engine offered in a Honda sedan to date.

Available transmissions include a sporty and fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the 4-cylinder engines, unique 6-speed manuals for the 4-cylinder and V6 engines, and a 6-speed automatic for V6 models.

Source: mercurynews | Image Credit: Honda

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