Hyundai U.S.A. has debut the New Accent at the Orange County Auto Show. The 2018 Hyundai Accent enters its fifth generation by building on the strengths of its predecessors with Hyundai’s modern engineering prowess.
The car features Hyundai’s cascading grille, a visual signature integral to the company’s identity. The grille is flanked by wraparound headlights and available LED signature daytime running lights.
Accent’s sweeping roof profile and sharp character lines run the length of the car. These character lines meet available slim LED wraparound taillights. Features such as 17-inch alloy wheels and side mirror LED turn signal indicators add to the upscale feel of the car. The car’s form is also functional, achieving balance between design and engineering for standout styling with aerodynamic improvements. The underside of the car is also sculpted for aerodynamics, and a new front-lip spoiler, together with a lower ride height, contributes to Accent’s efficient design. All of these attributes allow the 2018 Accent to slip through the wind with a 0.28 coefficient of drag.
Compared with the last generation, the 2018 Accent is larger and has more interior room. Furthermore, the car’s interior continues the modern, confident, sophisticated look seen on the exterior. A driver-oriented layout with intuitive controls combines with improved interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features to raise the standard for subcompacts. Premium, soft-touch materials in key points create an inviting and comfortable environment for the driver and passengers.
A wide instrument panel prominently features a standard backup camera system with a 5-inch or optional 7-inch color TFT LCD display. Beneath the screen, the control panel is laid out in a horizontal design with buttons and controls logically grouped by function. The other highlights include up-to-date connectivity options, multimedia systems and Enhanced Hyundai Blue Link Remote Start and Blue Link Integration.
The seat frame is engineered to be lightweight but extremely strong, to help keep occupants safe in collisions. For added comfort and convenience, passengers enjoy available heated front seats, while the standard rear seats fold with a 60/40 split.
For 2018, the new Accent receives an updated powertrain tuned for better fuel efficiency and drivability. The updated 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) engine produces 130 horsepower. The engine is paired to an automatic transmissions with Drive Mode Select that adjusts both powertrain performance and steering calibration.
On safety, the 2018 Accent features several improvements to the front side members and inner side sill for improved collision protection. The front crumple zones have been increased, front side airbags have been upgraded and reinforcements have been added to improve the car’s collision energy management performance, especially in small overlap crashes. A six-airbag system is standard, along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control and ABS.
New for 2018 and for the segment, Accent offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies to provide another layer of protection for passengers such as Forward Collision-avoidance Assist. The car’s safety points have gained much through the use of Advanced High Strength Steel, now up to 54.5 percent Advanced High Strength Steel; 13 percentage more than the fourth generation, while the Accent’s torsional rigidity improved by 32 percent.
Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension. Accent’s steering feel has been refined with improvements to steering efficiency, while enhancements to handling and ride comfort have been made by raising the rear roll center and increasing the leverage ratio of the rear shock absorbers. The standard Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system instantly adjusts to changing driving conditions for greater precision and steering feel while improving fuel economy.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent starts retailing in the States from this quarter.
Edited: Hyundai U.S.A.