Images of what might be the next-generation Hyundai Accent surfaced online overnight.
The new Verna/Accent features more mature styling than the model currently in showrooms. The design is similar to a concept car unveiled at this year's Beijing motor show, and is patterned along the lines of the current Sonata and Elantra.
It should be noted that while the current Verna sold in China and India is mechanically similar to the Accent available in the down under, the Verna received a facelift in 2015 that bears a striking resemblance to the much larger Grandeur/Azera sedan.
One possibility is that the car seen here is indeed the new Accent that we'll receive in Australia. At the other end of the spectrum, this new Verna could be a China-only model or one specifically targeted at emerging markets around the world.
Or Hyundai may have chosen to employ the same tactics used by Toyota with the Corolla, keeping the core of the vehicle the same, but applying different front- and rear-end treatments for various markets.
Above: The current-generation Hyundai Verna sold in India and China.
According to the Chinese website, the next-generation Verna will grow marginally in every dimension except height. If correct, the new car will be 4380mm long, 1728mm wide, 1460mm tall, and ride on a 2600mm wheelbase.
That works out to be 5mm longer, 28mm wider and have a 30mm longer wheelbase than the current-generation vehicle.
For the Chinese market, the next-generation Verna will be powered by a pair of naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engines: a 74kW 1.4-litre and a 90kW 1.6-litre.
The current-generation Verna/Accent went into production in 2010, and is due for an overhaul.