This is the all new Hyundai Accent or Verna as it is known in other markets. It made its debut at the 2010 Beijing Automotive Exhibition and will be first sold in China before being introduced in other markets.
The new Accent is built on a new platform and its being manufactured at the company’s plant in Beijing. The compact is powered by a new Gamma petrol unit with multiport fuel injection. The 1.6 litre all-aluminum DOHC engine makes 121hp at 6300 revs and 155Nm of peak torque at 4200 revs. This engine is linked to a 4-speed automatic slush box.
There is also a 1.4 litre unit that produces 106hp at 6300 revs and 135Nm of torque at 5000 revs. Buyers in China can select between a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed auto. With the former the 1.4 litre version delivers 100 kilometers with 5.7 litres of fuel. The company revealed that the engine has an enhanced Continuously Variable Valve Timing as well as a smart alternator and air conditioning compressor. There is also a motor-driven power steering.
The Accent’s design is inspired by Hyundai’s new design language. The front end looks a lot like the front end featured on the new Sonata. As a whole it looks better than outgoing model but I feel that the front end looks too big for a rather small-sized vehicle. What do you think?
More images are available after the jump.
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