The all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent sedan has been revealed this week at the Canadian motor show in Toronto.
Like the current car, the Accent will be offered in both hatchback and sedan bodies, though the new model is longer and wider than its predecessor in both forms, while also offering more space between the axles.
Only the sedan has been revealed so far, which draws much inspiration from the larger Elantra in terms of its design, sporting a ‘mini-me’ look at both the front and rear ends.
Inside, the Accent has also seen a major overhaul, with a new driver-oriented centre stack with either a 5.0-inch or 7.0-inch infotainment system.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been confirmed for the higher-spec system, while dual USB and auxiliary inputs will also be offered.
Hyundai says the new Accent features more interior space, higher-quality materials and premium technology features compared to the outgoing model.
Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ direct-injection petrol engine producing 98kW of power and 161Nm of torque – 24kW and 28Nm up on the 1.4-litre unit used in the base Active here but 5kW and 6Nm down on the ‘Gamma’ 1.6-litre petrol used in the SR.
The Accent sends drive to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic.
In terms of safety, the Accent will offer six airbags, along with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), and a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines.
Hyundai’s local arm has confirmed the Accent revealed in Toronto is currently only available for left-hand drive markets, ruling it out for Australia.
The company had no further comment regarding local plans for the Accent.
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