Visitors to the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show will get a chance to get up close with the fifth-generation (HC) Hyundai Accent, which is one of several models that are put on display by Hyundai Malaysia. The subcompact sedan first made its global debut in February last year during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Should it ever go on sale here (this is merely a preview for now), the Accent will compete against the likes of the Toyota Vios, Honda City and Mazda 2 Sedan in the B-segment market.

As you can see, the Accent looks like a “scaled down” version of the sixth-generation (AD) Elantra, with the design of the grille, headlamps and taillights made to resemble the larger C-segment model. Dimension-wise, the Accent is 4,385 mm long, 1,729 mm wide, 1,450 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,580 mm.

This particular example is powered by a 1.4 litre Kappa MPI four-cylinder petrol engine that churns out 100 PS at 6,000 rpm and 132 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission is paired with the engine, sending drive to the front wheels.

Meanwhile, the equipment list includes 16-inch wheels, halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and start, a 3.5-inch TFT LCD colour instrument cluster display, rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, single-zone climate control, five-inch head unit and leather/fabric upholstery. On the safety side of things, the Accent comes with six airbags, ESC and Hillstart Assist Control.

What do you think of the Accent? Should it make a return and will you pick it over known nameplates like the City, Mazda 2 and Vios? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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