Hyundai Accent SR
Previously shown in concept form at the 2012 Sydney Motor Show, the Accent SR will become the third Hyundai model to benefit from the performance makeover, following the Veloster SR Turbo and the just-launched i30 SR.
Hyundai Motor Company Australia marketing director Oliver Mann made the announcement at this week's launch of the i30 SR, insisting the company was keen to exploit the market’s appetite for performance hatches.
“Warm hatches currently account for as much as 20-25 per cent of the model sales mix across other brands with similar style offerings, so it’s important that we have the right cars that appeal to this market," Mann said.
The company also confirmed that the Accent SR would swap the standard 91kW/156Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine for the more powerful 103kW/166Nm naturally aspirated version from the Veloster.
Using the uprated engine will also mean ditching the Accent’s current five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions for the Veloster’s more advanced six-speed units.