• Mar 27, 2010
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is more stylish, more spacious, and flat out better than its predecessor. This seems to be the M.O. for Hyundai nowadays, as it rolls out a continual stream of new and/or revised vehicles that leave any old brand preconceptions in the dust. Vehicles like the new Sonata, Tucson, and the Genesis models are casting Hyundai in a totally different, much more positive light than ever before. It won't end there, either. For instance, the 2011 Hyundai Equus will slot above the Genesis sedan and target bigger, pricier game.

But what about the folks with tighter budgets, shopping at an entry price point well below the Sonata? Well, as you see above, it looks like they won't need to sacrifice style for value much longer. This photo, posted to a Korean forum, apparently reveals the next-generation Hyundai Accent, caught buck naked in its homeland. (Earlier spy photos call this same car the Accent, and the forum where this shot came from is calling it the Verna - the Accent's name in Korea.) At the same time, it appears to be nearly identical to this vehicle, caught by spies in January and presumed to be the Elantra.

As you can plainly see, the new car, whether it be the Elantra or the Accent, shares the Sonata's "fluidic sculpture" design language - no bad thing. In fact, it's a really good thing, seeing as how the current Accent is about as generic-looking as cars get, and the current Elantra doesn't exactly set hearts racing either. Hyundai doesn't do generic anymore, and that now seems to apply to the lower-grade models, too. This looks quite promising, and we're keen to see more. Thanks to Foo for the tip!

UPDATE:
As it happens, there's evidence to suggest this could instead perhaps be the next Elantra. The original post text has now been modified to reflect this possibility.

[Source: PPOMPPU.co.kr]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      A MEMBER OF THE HALL OF FAME OF AUTOMOBILE DESIGN.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The C-pillar area looks quite similar to current Elantra from this angle. If it's really an Accent, then they must be trying to target Ford Fiesta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I REALLY like it. (Let me go wash my mouth out for saying that about a Hyundai!) I rented a current generation Accent sedan last week when my 99 Metro was in the shop (getting a new engine after 244,000 miles), and I was VERY impressed with everything other than the crappy gas mileage. I was only getting about 32 mpg highway out of an automatic- but otherwise, yeah, I could see myself commuting in that thing. Of course, my standards are pretty low after putting that many miles on a 3 banger Metro over the past 5 years- the Accent felt like a BMW 7 series in comparison- but it WAS a nice piece.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what that would look like as a hatchback.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is accent, but it looks better than corolla, mazda3, and civic.. how dare they make accent look better than a civic?

        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't worry about it too much if I were Honda. I'd worry more about what the Kia Rio is going to look like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks pretty nice. But I still can't stand the weird zig zag thing in the middle of the grille. It's like someone accidentally dragged a layer in Photoshop with their mouse causing a discontinuous line.
        • 4 Years Ago
        THAT is a pretty good description. Got a laugh out of me, at least. But personally I really like their new grille scheme. One man's poison is another man's medicine I guess.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for Hyundai. That little car will turn up the heat on Honda and Toyota, if they want to keep up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet This thing will outsell the civic and corolla no problemo...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is the best small small car I have ever since.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang, that is a sexy compact car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's that black car in the background?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Thanks to Foo for the tip!"

      I pity the Foo who doesn't send in tips!

      Someone had to do it...
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