• Feb 26, 2010
2012 Hyundai Accent – Click above for high-res image gallery

With all the new product coming out of Hyundai, the Azera and Accent are beginning to stand out like the proverbial sore thumbs. To rectify the latter, Hyundai has begun testing the next Accent in the Great White North.

Since the upcoming Veloster will fill the hatch-sized space in Hyundai's line-up, there's a good chance that the next Accent will only be available in sedan form when it hits the market in the next two years. In four-door form, the Accent employs the now-standard sweeping roofline of its bigger Sonata sibling, and underneath the camouflage we expect a similar fascia and liberal application of chrome.

Early indications suggest that the i20's platform will be used to underpin the new Accent, with power supplied Hyundai's next generation 1.6-liter inline four, capable of producing around 140 horsepower. If all goes according to plan, we suspect the all-new Accent will make an appearance later this year or early next, with sales beginning in the middle of 2011.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      @pdxghr

      I dont think it will be better then the aveo, because i would much rather drive an aveo than an accent now. And ive seen the Aveo RS in person and i know its a nice vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All i know is that im judging of current cars. and taking that with what im seeing in the spy pictures and what has been revealed thus far. but if you cant do that logic that then i pitty you. i said "i dont think"... meaning my opinion. thats all it is. why cant we respect each others opinion with out calling names?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Without having seen the new accent how can logically conclude that the Aveo is better. I hate all this armchair auto journalism; if you see both in person then you can write one or the other off.

        It's like saying "well I'd rather spend my week in Detroit than in the French Riviera since I have seen Detroit in person."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Proportions look a little better than the current one, which is awfully eggy. Still not sure about this trend towards small cars with chin-height trunklids, though. I think it's what makes subcompact sedans look so silly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding! The trunks have the same volume as an old Cadillac, just that it's all VERTICAL storage! (=
      • 4 Years Ago
      I must say... I am becoming very impressed with hyundai. They are developing their own distinct style.... I like it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An inexpensive subcompact car with 140bhp? ohhee! That's gonna be an interesting thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ughh I think they should've replaced this car a year or two ago. I am driving one right now as a rental car. This is a terrible car. I don't know what they charge the rental car companies but a 4-door with automatic hits 13-14k MSRP. That is ridiculous for a car that still has manual windows and manual locks. The door lock design of this car is truly awful. I've driven and been in a lot of older cars without an alarm/remote lock, and all of them let you open all 4 doors by unlocking the driver or passenger door twice. With this car you have to open each door manually. Engine is weak, yet fuel economy isn't that great. My VW Rabbit MkV gets 24-25 with enthused driving and a 2.5l. The Accent gets 27-28 with "Eco" driving. That light that tells you when you are driving environmentally friendly also seems like a gimmick.

      I just don't understand the value in the Accent as it is right now. For 14k I could get Nissan versa or Kia Forte, etc. and have considerably more comfort and safety features.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can understand the fuel economy complaint, but to call it terrible because it lacks power amenities? That's not the car's fault your car rental company it too bloody cheap!

        The last time I had a rental, it too only had manual windows and locks ... and that was in a $16k+ Mazda 3. Yet, I wasn't complaining because it lacked them. Afterall, what would you choose for a rental ... a barebones 3 with 2k miles on it, or a 2-year old Taurus with 33k "beaten to hell and back" miles?

        • 4 Years Ago
        I drove an 02 Accent (not mine a friends) with power locks and windows with an automatic, and for what it was I thought it was a fine car. It's gas mileage wasn't the best though you are right on that. I think you just got too used to your Golf 2.5
        • 4 Years Ago
        What did you expect, it's the sedan....in base trim. Your story doesn't add up anyway. I don't think a $14,000 Accent comes with crank windows and manual door locks. The base version does, but it starts around $10,000. The SE is a much nicer car, and looks nicer too in the 3-door configuration. I test drove the Versa last year....I wasn't impressed. The Accent has been out-selling eveything else in it's class for the last year...for a reason. Maybe you work for Nissan and already know that? Where is your VW....in the shop?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Use 1.4 GDI with about 110hp for reg versions. It should hit 45mpg no problem. The 1.6GDI with 140hp would be good for sport models. If it is anything like the new Sonata and upcoming Elantra..It will be a winner and so much superior to the horrid looking Fit and Yaris.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice the mismatching wheels?
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like Hyundai is changing their whole line.

      not a bad thing at all in my opinion..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how Hyundai is introducing their new design language gradually rather than overhauling the whole lineup at once.
      • 4 Years Ago
      a 1.6 making 140 horse power is amazing! GO HYUNDAI!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        at 8000rpm? The way the B16 engine was set up wasn't really practical by today's eyes/standards. It gets both maximum HP + Torque at 7500-8000RPM, having a pathetic power-torque curve in between. Just pointing it out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, in the webcast, Hyundai said the Velistar will use a direct injection 140hp 1.6, it is likely that this would too.

        anyway, that is about 20hp more than the Honda R16, which is a large bore 1.6, 81mm.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Direct injection, in an entry level car, not likely.
        More than likely it is an oversquare 1.6, 82 x 75.7 mm
        or a highly optimized version of the 1.6 in the KIA soul (electric power steering, etc.) 77.0 x 85.4 mm
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol, not really.. the honda b16 made 160hp with DOHC VTEC back in '96.

        I suspect they just added DI to the 1.6 motor, which was already producing some 110-120hp
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking forward to seeing this thing, but I hope they don't drop that hatch!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know about the rest of the country, but here the hatchback far out sells the 4 door sedan. I think the current accent in 3 door SE with the body kit is very good looking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm with you iRoll, I have an '09 SE hatch, and love it. But I would like to see what Hyundai can do with a new version.....maybe 130 ponies and a six-speed? Waddaya think Hyundai? Hmmm?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Word, same here. The previous generation hatch was not bad at all.. quite roomy.. 1.6 had good power.. nice car for 10k!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They, Hyundai should shot themselves in the foot for the bucket they have for the accent now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Compare the current generation of Accent to the previous generation of Accent and you will see that it is a substantial improvement in every area without a substantial increase in price. I suspect the next Accent will be vastly improved once again and be a better vehicle than the Versa, Aveo, or Yaris.
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