As one of most popular Hyundai models in Malaysia, the Accent now comes in its fifth-generation guise with a fresh bold design, sophisticated interior, a more efficient powertrain, and loads of safety technologies and convenience features. Having made its global debut at the Canadian Auto Show. the Hyundai Accent, including the 5-door sedan, is scheduled for worldwide markets from the third and fourth quarter of the year.
In looks, the new Hyundai Accent exhibits confidence and sophistication with sculpted body forms and contoured lines that deliver a new interpretation of Hyundai’s signature design language. The new car features Hyundai Motor’s signature cascading grille, a visual design cue that is integral to the company’s identity. The grille is flanked by wrap-around headlights and signature LED daytime running lights.
The new Accent has a sweeping roof profile, and a sharp character line running the length of the car where it meets slim and sporty rear combination lights at the rear, set above a slim and modern rear bumper. Features such as 17-inch alloy wheels and side mirror LED turn signal indicators add to the premium feel of the car. In addition, the underside of the car is sculpted for aerodynamic benefit, and a new front lip spoiler, together with reduced ground clearance of 10mm, contribute to the Accent’s efficient design.
Compared to the last generation, the Accent is 29mm wider and the overall length is increased by 15mm, yet its height remains unchanged, all of which combines to give the car a more grounded stance. The wheelbase is 10mm wider, pushing the wheels further to the corners and improving interior roominess. Like the sedan, the Accent 5-door has also grown its key measurements, notably to its length, increasing a substantial 70mm. Width and wheelbase are also up by 29mm and 10mm respectively, while height is unchanged.
Interior of the Accent is all about modernity, confidence and sophistication. A driver-oriented layout with intuitive controls adds to the improved interior roominess, high-quality materials, and premium technology features raise the standard for subcompact vehicles. With premium, soft-touch materials at key touchpoints and high-tech convenience features, drivers and passengers are welcomed in to an inviting and comfortable environment. A wide instrument panel features a reversing-camera system as standard with options of either a five- or seven-inch color TFT LCD instrument display. Beneath the color screen, the control panel is laid out in a logical, horizontal pattern boosting ergonomics and ease of use.
For added comfort and convenience, front-seat passengers may use heated seats, while the rear seat folds 60/40 in both the sedan and 5-door. The Accent also boasts total interior volume more commonly found in larger vehicles, the new car’s total passenger volume is up 36 liters, while the Accent 5-door’s passenger volume is increased by 38 liters. The trunk space also features greater space, increasing by a substantial 16 liters, partly due to the extended overall length.
In addition, an advanced infotainment system that includes a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen system and rearview camera will be available in select markets. The 7-inch display will also include both CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, app-based navigation, streaming audio and voice-controlled search capabilities, plus dual iPhone/USB and auxiliary input jacks.
For powertrain, the new Accent comes with a 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) engine (132hp and estimated 161Nm 119lb. ft. of torque). The 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder GDI engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Hyundai Accent is set to raise the segment benchmarks for driving dynamics and safety while delivering outstanding fuel efficiency. Defined by its solidity, the new Accent uses 54.5% Advanced High-Strength Steel, and has an improved torsional rigidity by 32% by using 98.5 meters of structural adhesives. In addition to the high-strength chassis, the Accent features several improvements to the front side members and inner side sill to improve collision protection. The front crumple zones have been increased, front side air bags have been upgraded, and reinforcements have been made to improve the car’s performance in small overlap crashes.
Improved ride comfort, handling, and stability are achieved through suspension developments. While the new Accent’s steering feel has been refined with improvements to steering efficiency, enhancements to handling and comfort also have been made by lifting up the rear roll center and raising 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. Additionally, the 2018 Accent, equipped with automatic transmissions, will include the company’s Drive Mode Select feature to adjust both powertrain performance and steering calibration, with two available modes Normal or Sport, accessible by simply touching a button on the center console.
An array of safety technologies reserved for the new Accent include Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear view camera with dynamic guidance, ample airbags, and a driver-friendly feature in the form of a proximity key with push button start.