Each mannequin lineup has to have an entry level, and for Hyundai’s American choices, that entry level is the Accent. Certain, it’s fundamental transportation, and certain, it competes — and even Hyundai reps will acknowledge this — with used vehicles for purchasers, not less than to an extent.
However that doesn’t imply it must be dangerous, and within the case of the upcoming 2018 Accent, the subcompact package deal truly appears fairly good. We spoke with Hyundai representatives after its debut on the Orange County Worldwide Auto Present in California to search out out what to anticipate on the completely redesigned automobile.
For one, below enticing new sheetmetal, there’s a well-known powertrain: the brand new Accent retains a 1.6-liter inline-four direct-injection gasoline engine, now good for an estimated 130 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque, plus a normal six-speed handbook or non-compulsory six-speed automated transmission. That horsepower quantity is definitely down over the outgoing mannequin’s 137, however Hyundai claims the motor’s output is extra accessible; torque supply is up roughly four.5 % at 1,500 rpm, we have been instructed. In the meantime, gas economic system will increase barely to 32 mpg mixed.
Whereas the automobile retains a fundamental twist-beam rear suspension setup, it must be somewhat extra enjoyable to drive. “This time round, we truly discovered some intelligent methods to reposition the shock mounting factors on the rear axle, so we are able to now get higher functionality by way of shock absorber tuning,” Hyundai VP of product planning Mike O’Brien instructed us. “And by elevating the roll heart, I believe you’re going to search out the automobile, whereas not a sports activities automobile by any means, is definitely going to be extra pleasing to drive.” We’ll have to attend till after we check the factor to see if the work paid off, however we admire the hassle.
Gallery: Contained in the 2018 Hyundai Accent sedan
So the place did the Accent’s hatchback choice go? North of the border, it seems; Hyundai will nonetheless promote the Accent five-door in Canada, however we anticipate U.S. consumers looking for hatchlike performance will step as much as one thing just like the upcoming Hyundai Kona CUV. We all know these ute-lettes are simply barely jacked-up hatches, you understand they’re simply jacked-up hatches and heck, the automakers know they’re simply jacked-up hatches … however the market is what it’s.
In any occasion, the non-sedan Accents weren’t large sellers within the States. The handbook transmission/five-door combo has a sure fanatic enchantment — in concept. In observe, nearly no person purchased them, particularly with choices just like the Elantra hatch hovering only a quick step above pricewise. Final 12 months, Hyundai says, the Accent sedan/hatchback combine was roughly 80/20. The automated/handbook transmission combine was much more lopsided than that. These six-speed handbook hatchbacks? Virtually unicorns.
A fundamental 2017 Accent SE sedan begins at $14,745. Hyundai hasn’t revealed pricing for the 2018 mannequin, however it must be within the neighborhood of the outgoing automobile. We’ll deliver you extra data and drive impressions because it turns into accessible.