Hyundai has revealed the production version of the 2012 Solaris for the Russian market, which pretty much is a Hyundai Accent. The renamed Accent will be produced in St. Petersburg and is based on the RB Concept, first seen at the 2010 Moscow Motor Show.
As previously reported, Hyundai will be sticking to the 1.4 litre Gamma CVVT and the 1.6 litre Gamma CVVT, mated to a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. The 1.4-litre engine generates 105hp and 136Nm of torque while the larger 1.6 gives you 121hp and 155Nm of torque.
Accommodating the Russian weather, the Solaris has special add-ons such as rear heating ducts, a 4.0 litre washer fluid reservoir with a fluid level sensor, a 60Ah battery for higher cold start performance, wiper deicer, front seat warmers as well as heated outside mirrors.
All these look like luxury trim to you and I, but these features are live savers in the harsh Russian climate. In terms of exterior design, we also see the use of Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture’ design language. The company says that it is supposed to resemble a calligrapher’s “orchid strokes”.
The Solaris will hit Russian streets sometime next year and will include a hatchback variant later that year. Hyundai are expecting to sell up to 85,000 units per year. Continue reading to view more initial images of the Hyundai Solaris.
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