Hyundai Answers All Your Questions on the 2018 Accent at the Orange County Auto Show
Back in February, Hyundai unveiled its redesigned Accent at the Canadian International Auto Show. The lukewarm-selling sub-compact car needed a boost in popularity and appeal, so the model’s new look and added features will hopefully make it a stronger contender in the United States. Entering its fifth generation, the Hyundai Accent aims to become a heavy-hitting competitor in the sub-compact segment by first making a splash in a potentially lucrative market: the West Coast.
Earlier today, the new 2018 Accent made its first US appearance at a press conference at the 2017 Orange County International Auto Show. Running this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, the event showcases Hyundai‘s redesigned 2018 Accent and all its additions.
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The main aim of the 2018 Accent was to make the subcompact more sophisticated inside and out, by implementing design cues previously only seen in Hyundai’s higher-end models. This time, Hyundai has given us more answers on what details we’d like to know about the Accent.
- How has the Accent’s body been redesigned? The body was re-engineered from the ground up, now using 54.5% Advanced High-Strength Steel (up 13%) with torsional rigidity increased by 32%. According to Hyundai, the stiffer chassis improves noise isolation and overall driving dynamics. Rear roll center an has been raised and leverage ratio of the rear shock absorbers have been increased too. The Accent now bears the brand’s cascading grille shape.
- Is the 2018 Accent bigger than it was last year? The new Accent is larger inside and outside, adding 1.2 inches to its exterior with and .06 inches to its length; inside, total interior volume has been increased to 103.9 cubic feet, putting it well ahead of its segment competitors.
- What powertrain is included on the 2018 Accent? A highlight this year is the model’s new 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder GDI engine that achieves 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque. Previously, the Accent’s powertrain had 137 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. The automatic transmission’s weight has been decreased to improve efficiency and drivability.
- What new features are on the 2018 Accent? There’s too much to list in total, but highlights include projector headlights with LED DRLs, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and available fog lights, 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, hands-free smart trunk release and dual USB charging, rearview camera, and Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA).
- When will the 2018 Accent arrive at dealerships? The model is anticipated to be available for public purchase in fall 2017.
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