While the Accent called quits in India long back, the moniker is still prevalent in North America. The all-new, fifth-generation Hyundai Accent just debuted at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
It does look familiar though, because it is essentially the new Solaris with a different name and subtle tweaks. And the Solaris is essentially the new Verna with with a different name and subtle tweaks. Let’s get this clear – the Verna is sold as the Solaris in Russia and as the Accent in North America.
So the new Accent is essentially the new, India-bound Verna that debuted in China last year; with a bit of tweaking for the North American market of course. The new Accent gets Hyundai’s a sharper front fascia, tauter bodywork, thoroughly updated interiors, a strengthened chassis and a revised engine.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine gets updates that sees it deliver 132 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the outgoing model, this results in a 4.5 per cent increase in torque from 1,500 rpm while cutting the 40-80 km/h time by 0.2 seconds and 80-120 km/h by 1.3 seconds.
This engine can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission, while the combination of low-friction piston rings, an upgraded ECU and variable fuel pressure module enable the updated engine to be 7 per cent more fuel efficient.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent features a strengthened chassis that includes a better front crumple zone, upgraded front side airbags and more resilient front side members. The car also comes with Autonomous Emergency Braking and a rear view camera.
Inside, the new Accent comes with a completely new dashboard that receives a 7-inch touchscreen equipped infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while also including voice-controlled search capabilities, dual USB and auxiliary input jacks.
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