Hyundai’s 2012 Accent subcompact sedan made its reveal at the New York International Auto Show today. Introducing their fourth generation Accent, the company is confident that the updated vehicle will perform "what the game-changing Sonata and Elantra have done in their categories."
"Accent’s class-leading standard fuel economy is another showcase of Hyundai’s dedication to improving fuel efficiency with advancements to traditional gasoline powered vehicles and is the fourth nameplate in Hyundai’s lineup delivering 40 mpg on the highway," noted Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America.
For the 2010 calendar year, Hyundai Motor America registered a sales growth of 24 per cent, with 538,228 new Hyundai cars finding US buyers. However, sales of the Accent decreased from 68,086 in 2009 to 51,975 in 2010.
But, it appears that the 2012 all-new fourth generation Accent is poised to compete. The subcompact sedan is loaded with updated technology, more safety features, more interior room and a new 1.6-liter GDI "Gamma" engine. And perhaps the most impressive news is that Hyundai is holding firm with its pricing from the previous generation Accent.
So, what does one get for the same amount of money? First on the list is the Accent’s all-aluminum 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine, which delivers best- in-class 138 horsepower with 123 lb-ft of torque along with best-in-class 30-mpg city and 40-mpg highway fuel economy. The green quotient is fulfilled with ULEV certified low emissions.
Size-wise, this subcompact sedan is more like a compact. The dimensions have expanded. The Accent 4-doors’ overall length has increased by 3.5 inches to 172 inches and total length of the new five-door version is 162 inches. The result is more interior volume, passenger room and cargo space. In fact, the Accent five-door has best-in-class cargo volume.
And as part of Hyundai’s design initiative -"Fluidic Sculpture" – the Accent’s look has evolved into a more futuristic and lean shape. The slimming dynamics have also resulted in a lowered drag coefficient – 0.30 CD for Accent sedan and 0.31 CD for Accent five-door.
The 2012 Accent will be offered in three trim levels–the more-affordable four-door GLS, the well-equipped five-door GS and the sporty five-door SE. The five-door SE models include a sporty roof-mounted spoiler and vertical taillights. Sixteen inch alloy wheels are available on GLS and standard on SE.
The 2012 Accent comes to dealers this summer.
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