Oriental-Hyundai Sdn Bhd and Hyundai Motor Company signed a Technical License Assistance Agreement last Monday for the local assembly of the new generation Hyundai Accent MC. The Hyundai Accent MC will be assembled at Oriental Assembler’s plant. The new Hyundai Accent MC will succeed the current Hyundai Accent LC available in sedan and hatch form that has been so popular with the Malaysian car buyers since it’s introduction, thanks to it’s Proton-rivalling price.
The new Hyundai Accent MC is expected to be a popular choice with the Malaysian buyers if it maintains a similiar price bracket to the Accent LC. It doesn’t look too bad at all, and has a pretty nice interior very similiar to the Kia Rio’s. It was first introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, and is the first Accent available with a CVVT variable valve timing engine.
It is also marketed in Mexico as a Dodge, with two engine options – a 1.4 litre (96hp at 6,000rpm, 124Nm torque at 4,700rpm) and a 1.6 litre (110hp @ 6,000rpm, 143Nm torque at 4,500rpm). The US market Accent has a 1.6 litre CVVT with 112ps at 6,000rpm and 146Nm of torque at 4,500rpm.
Looking at the product planning choices of most B-segment cars in Malaysia, we will likely get the 1.4 litre model (Kia Rio 1.4, Naza Bestari 1.4, Inokom Getz 1.4), but then again nothing wrong with crossing our fingers for the 1.6 litre or the 1.6 litre CVVT.
More photos after the jump.