Hyundai has confirmed that its upcoming 2018 Hyundai Accent will be launched in the U.S. and Canadian markets
The decision to launch the Accent in U.S. is surprising considering it is market that is currently dominated by Crossover vehicles as well as SUVs. The decision to launch in Canada is understandable considering that Canadian buyers are including more towards smaller vehicles like sub-compact sedans as well as hatchbacks.
Despite the general attraction towards SUVs and crossovers in the U.S. Hyundai surprisingly sold nearly 80,000 Accents in the U.S. and this effectively means that there is a market segment still hot for such cars and if a successor would have not been on the cards, there would have been a gaping hole left by Hyundai, which someone else could have easily filled.
As far as the specifications are concerned, the fifth-generation Accent will again be offered to Canadian buyers as both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Hyundai will be launching the sedan first in the third quarter of 2017 followed by hatchback in the fourth quarter.
From the design aspect, the new Accent has been designed along the lines of the Elantra compact sedan including an almost identical front end. The new Accent is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model.
As far as the internals go, the new Accent is powered by 1.6-liter inline-4 producing 132 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque, which has been mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, that powers the front wheels. Fuel economy ratings aren’t out yet for the Canadian-market Accent.
While we will be eagerly waiting for the EPA-ratings, the outgoing current model is EPA-rated at 31 mpg combined for the manual and 30 mpg combined for the automatic and this effectively hints that the new model might have improved ratings, but not over the top that would leave all other cars in this segment in the shade.
Unusually, a mode selector will let drivers tailor the heft of Accent’s electronic power steering to their personal tastes—a feature generally found only in pricier cars. For the first time, Hyundai will offer automatic emergency braking on its subcompact. A 7.0-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility will be offered on certain models.