An all-new Accent has just made its public debut at the recent Toronto motor show. The fifth generation of Hyundai’s smallest model will once again be available in sedan and hatchback variants. Expect the sedan to hit the dealerships in the third quarter of 2017, whereas the hatch is likely to arrive by the end of the year. Design-wise, the 2018 Hyundai Accent adopts a more mature appearance compared to the outgoing model. It also benefits greatly from a new chassis, an upgraded engine range as well as new technology. We expect the redesigned Accent to become a formidable competitor to the likes of Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris iA.
Design and Features
With its wheelbase stretched by 0.4 inches, the 2018 Accent hatchback is only marginally larger than its predecessor. However, the car now boasts a more refined look that takes its cues from the larger Elantra. Although the Accent’s proportions remain almost unchanged, its front and rear ends feature notable changes. The front grille and headlights obviously mimic those seen on the attractive Elantra sedan. The same goes for the rear end that now sports handsome wraparound taillights and a reshaped bumper.
As for the interior, it gets an even more substantial overhaul that brings this car into the 21st century. The 2018 Hyundai Accent offers a clean-looking dashboard made from new and improved materials. Thanks to its slightly larger dimensions, the next-generation model provides more passenger and cargo space than ever before. Some of the optional equipment includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. When it comes to available safety features, the new Accent makes a big step forward. Apart from a standard backup camera, it comes with optional automated emergency braking and other advanced systems.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent will have only one engine option under its hood. An updated 1.6-liter four-cylinder will generate 132 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes mated with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Official EPA estimates have yet to come but the company claims fuel efficiency should rise by seven percent. Now, the current version delivers up to 37 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city.
2018 Hyundai Accent Price
Despite receiving substantial improvements, the 2018 Hyundai Accent isn’t likely to stray far from its current price range. So, don’t expect the upcoming model to be much more expensive than the ongoing Accent which starts just under $16,000.