The 2017 Hyundai Accent made its debut at the Canadian Motor Show recently before going on sale in selected markets around the world. It’s in their fifth generation now, and can be had in both sedan and hatchback forms.
Available in both hatchback and sedan variants, the new Accent’s body is 32 percent stiffer thanks to high tensile steel. Its wheelbase of 2,570mm is just 30mm shorter than the fourth-generation Honda City (2,600mm). Boot space for the sedan is 387 litres, whereas the hatchback can carry up to 616 litres of cargo with the rear seats folded down.
In terms of aesthetics, the Accent gets Hyundai’s signature cascading grille and new projector headlights with LED DRLs. It boasts a sweeping roof profile, giving it a sportier silhouette that’s tastefully squared off at the back. In short, the Accept is perhaps a shrunken version of the new Elantra.
Only one engine is offered here – the 1.6-litre Gamma four-cylinder GDI engine. This mill generates 132 hp and 166 Nm of torque, paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
One of the key features of the Accent is the Autonomous Emergency Braking, which complements other safety kits such as six airbags and a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines. It’s also equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen panel which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The first three generations of the Hyundai Accent were in fact sold in Malaysia, but Hyundai Malaysia stopped at the fourth. Perhaps now’s the right time to reintroduce this age-old model to Malaysia once again…