The Accent is a subcompact which has been around for more than two decades now. In this time the car evolved tremendously from just a basic way of transport to a real car with actual features. The latest models is not the best equipped in its class.
However, it offers great value for money as well as quite a few features. The driving characteristics are great as well and its engines are among the more efficient out there. However, it is starting to show that it is more than five years old at this point.
Luckily though, Hyundai started working on the new model some time ago and now that the Elantra has been released, the 2018 Hyundai Accent is next.
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Like before, the new Accent should be built on a similar platform to the i20. This will likely get stretched slightly as well as widened a bit. Why?
Well, the Accent will be the slightly more expensive model out there so it will also have to offer more space. One of the largest selling points for the ongoing model was the small acquisition price and the great features offered with it.
This will most likely remain true for the new model as well. The car is still expected to start around $15,000 in the US and even less than that in some other markets.
The release date is unfortunately unknown at this point but it is safe to assume it will come in the late 2017.
Under the hood
The 2018 Hyundai Accent is expected to make use of new and old technology alike. For starters, in countries such as Russia, South America and China the car is likely going to still use the same 1.6 liter direct injected engine as before.
This is known to make between 123 and 138 horsepower so it is safe to assume it won’t change all that much. In Europe on the other hand things will get a bit more different. Here, a new 1 liter turbocharged might become available.
This engine can currently be had on the i20 where it makes 118 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque. It is not only more efficient than the old 1.4 and 1.6 liter engines but also quite a bit more powerful.
In the US on the other hand, the old 1.6 liter inline 4 unit might get replaced with a smaller 1.4 liter turbocharged inline 4. This engine has been first released on the new Elantra where it makes 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.
This should be more efficient as well as quite a bit better in terms of acceleration than the older unit. A six speed manual should be offered in most markets while an automatic should be available as well on select engines.
2018 Hyundai Accent Design
At this point not much is known about the 2018 Hyundai Accent. However, the car has been spied a few times so far and a model has been leaked. Even though it still is unclear if it is the real deal, the car looks ready for production.
In the front, instead of having a similar style to the i20, it looks a lot more like the Elantra. However, the headlights are definitely bigger and it is not as aggressive as its larger counterpart. The base car seems to get 14 inch rims but these will very likely be upgradable on the higher end models.
Inside the cabin
So far it seems that Hyundai is set on improving their entire range of cars which means that the interior of the Accent will definitely get better.
Even though at this point nothing is certain, we do expect it to share some of its parts with the new i20 which is definitely one of the better looking models in its class in terms of interior design.