Hyundai didn’t wait until the Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks to roll out is new Accent sedan, instead showcasing the all-new Accent light car lineup at the relatively low profile Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
While the all-new Accent goes on-sale internationally later this year, Hyundai Australia will not comment on local plans.
As the first Accent model created from a clean-sheet under the direction of Hyundai-Kia design chief Peter Schreyer, its styling steps-up with much more cohesive and contemporary look.
Most noticeable is the curvaceous roof line and full-length side character lines as well as the new-look ‘cascading’ grille, wrap-around headlights and LED DRLs. The rear sees slim light clusters and a relatively slender bumper design.
Dimensionally there are only slight changes. For the sedan, height is unchanged but width grows by 29mm, length is up by 15mm and the wheelbase in 10mm longer. Hatchback models are also unchanged for height but 70mm longer, 29mm wider and the wheelbase is 10mm longer.
The all-new Hyundai Accent sits 10mm lower than the outgoing model, a move packaged with sculpturing underneath and a front lip spoiler to enhance aerodynamics.
The interior offers more space than its predecessor and is highlighted by high-quality and soft-touch materials, much-improved dashboard and centre stack layouts and a choice (depending on variants) of either a five-inch or seven-inch colour TFT LCD display. Canadian models come standard with a reversing camera.
Cargo capacity grows by around 16-litres to 387-litres in the sedan or 616-litres in the five-door hatchback.
The current model’s 1.4-litre petrol engine has been replaced by Hyundai’s 98kW/161Nm1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ direct-injection four-cylinder powerplant driving the front wheels via either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. In Canada, Accents running the six-speed auto score a two-mode driver select system offering ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ modes which change engine and steering calibration.
On the safety front, six airbags, ESC, stability management, traction control and ABS brakes with Autonomous Emergency Braking are all standard.
Hyundai says there was considerable focus on enhanced driving dynamics and reduced NVH, as seen by increased use of high strength steel and chassis torsional rigidity which is up by 32 per-cent over the previous generation. Underneath, the rear roll centre has been raised, there have been changes to the rear shock absorbers and electric power steering.
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