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by Tim Beissmann

The production-ready Hyundai Accent SR concept has been unveiled at the 2012 Sydney motor show, previewing a sporty addition to the Korean manufacturer’s city-sized hatchback line-up.

Destined to join the range in 2013 alongside the recently launched Veloster SR Turbo and the i30 SR that is also on display in concept form at the show, the Accent SR benefits from a more powerful engine and a number of styling and specification enhancements.

The Hyundai Accent SR hatch inherits its 103kW/167Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine from the entry-level Hyundai Veloster. The engine produces 13 per cent more power and seven per cent more torque than the base Accent’s 91kW/156Nm powerplant, promising improved performance and acceleration.

The Accent SR is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, which features one more gear than the standard car.

Based on the mid-spec Accent Elite, the Hyundai Accent SR hatch adds 16-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps with LED positioning lamps, rear spoiler, rear parking sensors, dark metallic paint finish, climate control, partial leather/leatherette upholstery with red cloth inserts, and a five-inch touchscreen with AUX/USB inputs and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.

Hyundai Australia marketing director Oliver Mann says the brand’s new SR performance line is intended to deliver sports-themed variants with extra styling flair and dynamic ability.

“Our intent would be to deliver driver enjoyment over outright speed and to offer sporty drivability and everyday practicality in an affordable package,” Mann said.

The Hyundai Accent SR is likely to be priced in the low-$20,000s when goes on sale in Australia in 2013.




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