The new Hyundai Verna (Accent to us) made its world debut at the Beijing show back in April, and now it’s Guangzhou’s turn to host the premiere of the hatchback version of the Verna. Hyundai says that this five-door hatch is exclusively for the Chinese market, although we don’t see why shouldn’t they sell it elsewhere too.

To go on sale in January, this Beijing built Verna is powered by 1.4 and 1.6-litre Gamma CVVT engines. The 1.4 delivers 108 PS and 135 Nm while the bigger unit produces 124 PS and 155 Nm. Chinese customers get to choose from a five-speed manual or four-speed auto. There’s a “fuel economy package” for the base engine that extends fuel economy to 16.1 km/l. This package includes a tweaked CVVT system, smart alternator/air con compressor plus motor-driven power steering.

Looking a lot like a smaller and sportier i30, the Verna hatch is shorter than the sedan by 255 mm at 4,085 mm. The wheelbase of 2,570 mm is of course unchanged, and is shorter than the C-segment i30 by 80 mm. As a recap, click here for a gallery of the sedan – notice that the hatch’s grille does without the chrome strip on the top and has a single bar, not two. The dashboard is unchanged.

Live gallery from Guangzhou and official pics after the jump. Like what you see?

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