Entire Hyundai lineup is slowly growing up. And by the looks of the new design of Elantra, this South Korean manufacturer is doing a pretty good job. Next in line for a complete makeover is Accent. There were numerous spy photos of the fifth-generation sedan. In China, it is known as Verna and that’s exactly where evidence of what will 2018 Hyundai Accent look like comes. The four-door sedan is clearly visible, but the word is that five-door hatchback won’t be available in the future lineup. It is still not confirmed and if this will be the case why has this car maker decided on this move, but we’ll surely have more info later on.
2018 Hyundai Accent – Bigger Dimensions
As for the new Accent, it has somewhat bigger dimensions than before. It is longer, wider and rides on a longer wheelbase. As you can see from the table only the height hasn’t been altered.
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2018 Hyundai Accent – New Design
As for design, it is clearly visible that key items were taken from Verna Concept which was shown at 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The front fascia of new Accent now consists of the big one-chunk hexagonal grille. But instead of mesh like we can see on Concept, Accent adopts the one like on new Elantra. New headlights extend from the grille and slightly stretch across wheel arches. We can clearly see that with much larger grille also comes much larger headlights. Also, 2018 Hyundai Accent now has three different set of wheels to choose from. The rear end also brings big changes with bigger trunk lid with rear lights flowing over it. And that’s not all since the place for license plate now seats far below, on the rear bumper. The overall impression is that 2018 Hyundai Accent looks far better with daring lines and more aggressive look.
2018 Hyundai Accent – Interior Rumors
At this moment we still don’t have enough info about the interior. But we expect many upgrades. Since it’s the 21st century, and every other car maker heavily equips their models with large infotainment screens, we can also expect that for new Accent. As we saw on the table earlier that new sedan rides on a longer wheelbase, we expect slightly more legroom, at least for the rear occupants. Some rumors also suggest that arrangements of buttons on the steering wheel will be different. There were some who criticized the position of phone controls that seat on the lower center spoke of the wheel, but we really don’t see the problem here. Nevertheless, if Hyundai equips new Accent with new infotainment touchscreen, some of the physical buttons will disappear from the dashboard.
2018 Hyundai Accent – No New Powertrains
We know that 1.4-liter with variable valve timing and 1.6-liter with direct fuel injection. One produces 106 horsepower and the another one has 138 horsepower. The question is, is something new cooking in engine compartment since current engines are in use over five years now. We certainly hope so, and as for transmission options six-speed, automatic will likely stay.
As for the safety, we certainly hope that Hyundai considered crash test ratings since they weren’t so good. In famous small overlap crash test 2016 Accent received “P” (poor) rating and “A” (acceptable) for side crash test. Overall, there is certainly room for improvement.
2018 Hyundai Accent – Release Date
Expect the new 2018 Hyundai Accent to arrive somewhere in the end of 2017. By then, there will certainly be more information available. Although it’s too early to talk about price, the number on the price tag will surely be higher.