Future Models - Hyundai 2018 Accent
Hyundai’s new-gen Accent sedan uncovered
Heavily accented: Hyundai’s fifth-generation Accent light car has been revealed in Canada, but the all-new sedan is far from a shoe in for the Australian market.
New Hyundai Accent sedan revealed, but question remains over its suitability for Oz
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17 February 2017
HYUNDAI has uncovered its next-generation Accent sedan during the Canadian
international auto show in Toronto, ushering in new looks, improved refinement
and more safety equipment, but it still remains unclear if the new light car
will be offered in Australia.
Sales in the niche light sedan segment have dwindled in Australia, leading
Mitsubishi, Toyota, Kia and Ford to discontinue its Mirage, Yaris, Rio and
Fiesta sedan offerings respectively.
The only remaining players in the booted light car market are the Honda City
and Mazda2 sedan.
However, the yet-to-be-revealed fifth-generation Accent hatch could be a more
likely starter for local showrooms to supplant the ageing fourth-generation
version which launched in 2011.
The Accent was the top-selling light car in Australia last year with 18,703
units shifted, well ahead of the second-placed Mazda2 on 13,639. It became
Hyundai’s sole light-car offering when the company decided the new-gen i20 was
too expensive to import from Europe.
Front-end styling and equipment levels are likely to be interchangeable between
four-door and hatchback Accents, with a prominent trapezoid grille and sleek
headlights keeping it in line with the next-gen i30 small car range – due in
Australian showrooms by mid-year.
However, the front of the Accent sedan eschews the i30’s vertical style daytime
running lights in favour of round foglights surrounded by chrome.
At the rear, the new Accent sedan features slim wraparound tail-lights and a
sculpted rear bumper, while the 29mm wider and 15mm longer body give the light
car a squatter stance.
At each corner, Hyundai has tweaked suspension settings, along with steering
settings, for “improvements to steering efficiency, enhancements to handling
and comfort”, according to the brand.
The wheelbase has also been stretched by 10mm to give more space to occupants,
who enjoy new soft-touch materials in a bid to lift the cabin for a more
While the Accent five-door is yet to be revealed, Hyundai is also saying the
new-generation hatchback will grow to be 70mm longer, 29mm wider and with a
10mm longer wheelbase to accommodate 2576 litres of passenger volume and 616L
of cargo space.
A 5.0- or 7.0-inch colour screen is also tucked between new instrumentation
behind the steering wheel to feed information to the driver, and the new-gen
Accent will debut keyless entry and start as well as a redesigned centre
A 7.0-inch colour touchscreen crowns the new infotainment system, complete with
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, reversing camera functionality,
voice-control capabilities and a suite of USB, audio, iPhone connectivity
Under the metal, the new Accent will be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol
four-cylinder engine, outputting 98kW of power and 161Nm of torque – 24kW/28Nm
more than the 1.4-litre engine found in the current-gen Australian-spec car.
In overseas markets, the engine will be mated to either a manual or automatic
transmission, both with six gears, and is said to improve fuel efficiency by
seven per cent compared with the outgoing version.
Automatic-equipped Accents will also gain a drive select function, able to
switch powertrain and steering settings between normal and sport on the fly.
Hyundai has also upped the Accent’s crash-safety technology, with improved
front side members and inner side sills for better collision protection, as
well as a larger front crumple zone area, upgraded front side air bags and more
liberal use of high-strength steel in the body construction.
Other safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control,
vehicle stability management, traction control and autonomous emergency braking.
The new Accent sedan will roll out to global markets from the third quarter
this year, with its hatchback sibling due to go on sale before year’s end.
Australian confirmation, specification, pricing and details are still yet to be
confirmed on both sedan and hatchback Accent models.