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Hyundai Unwraps New 2012 Accent

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author photo by Autotrader January 2011

Hyundai has pulled the cover off its all-new Accent, skipping the major media coverage of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in favor of a low-key debut at this week’s Montreal Auto Show. More power, updated styling, and new features highlight changes the 2012 Accent – the fourth generation of Hyundai’s smallest model.

Like many of Hyundai’s new models, the Accent will receive a new exterior treatment, described by the South Korean automaker as its “fluidic sculpture” design. The revised styling gives the Accent a crisper, more aggressive look, similar to the larger Sonata and Elantra. Long, flowing lines sweep across the new Accent’s body, while the front and rear end incorporate distinctive creases intended to help distinguish the Accent from other cars in its class.

While the Accent retains the prior model’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder powerplant, direct-injection gives the compact Hyundai a power boost from last year’s unexceptional 110 horsepower to a class-leading 138. The new Accent also ditches the outgoing model’s anachronous transmissions – a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic – in favor of 6-speed versions of both. The upgrades will result in stronger acceleration and better fuel economy, with Hyundai estimating gas mileage gains of 10 to 15 percent.

Potentially big news for the new Accent is the addition of a five-door hatchback body style, which would replace the outgoing model’s three-door variant. Although not yet confirmed for the U.S. market, the five-door model would be sold alongside a traditional four-door sedan, a mainstay of the Accent lineup.

Other changes to the 2012 Accent come in the form of increased levels of equipment. Anti-lock brakes – formerly optional on just the top-end Accent GLS – now come standard, along with formerly unavailable traction control. Power door locks and fuel-saving low-rolling resistance tires also now come free of charge. New options include iPod, USB, and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Hyundai has yet to announce an on-sale date or pricing for the 2012 Accent, although more details will likely emerge at next month’s Chicago Auto Show.

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Hyundai Unwraps New 2012 Accent - Autotrader