Honda Accord Type S Diesel to be unveiled in Geneva

Tom Ludwick

The Type S designation is what Honda uses to brand its higher performance models. Although the badge once marked the 8000-rpm Acura RSX Type S, it will grace the hatch of the much-lower-revving European Accord Type diesel at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

Under the hood of the Type S is a 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel engine, the same engine that's standard in the Euro Accord. In this model, power is up to 178 hp and 280 lb-ft. That's an increase of 30 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque over the basic diesel. The bump in power comes from a revised turbocharger, a new cylinder head, and a larger intercooler.

In addition to the added power, the Type S will be distinguished by 18-inch aluminum wheels and clear indicator covers. Two new paint colors will also be offered: premium white pearl and Basque red.

Both sedan and wagon body styles of the Type S will be available with only a manual transmission. Performance, fuel economy, and emissions numbers are in the works, and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date, which is later this year.

When will we see a clean burning diesel Honda Accord in the United States? I have heard rumors of this coming out in the 2010 model, but the dealerships will not confirm this. It is time that the U.S. get over their distaste for diesel and realize that it is cleaner burning now, but as refineries start producing more diesel, with less demand for gasoline, the price per gallon would come down. For one thing, it cost less to produce diesel & there isn't as many different formulas to cater to as most states require many unique blends of gasoline depending on the time of year and where they are located.
Any effort to sell wagons in america will face failure in the mid-side segment. Look at Mazda6 wagon of 04-07 model years. American are not used to wagons, they are hugely in love with SUVs. However, small car segment wagons seems to be gaining ground, XD, XB, Mazda3, Fit, WRX wagon, etc. Just not in the mid-size segment.
Two reasons: 1. Wagons don't sell as well as Minivans. Crossovers, or SUVs in north America.2. This wagon is based on the smaller JDM/Euro Accord (think Acura TSX). Premium brand cars do seem to sell wagons fairly well (Audi, Volvo, BMW etc) so maybe Honda will see fit to add it to the Acura line up. It is a handsome wagon, especially in S-Type kit.
Now why dont we get the accord wagon?

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