• Apr 17, 2010
2011 Hyundai Accent spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Looks like we were spot on in our assessment of what we happened to catch out testing near Disneyland in California. As we suspected, the car in question is the next-generation Hyundai Accent, a fact you can clearly discern by comparing our spy shots and an earlier Korean "naked" shot with the two images in our gallery below from auto.ifeng.com.

As you can see, the next-gen Accent takes on a mini-Sonata look, with a heavily-rounded, arcing greenhouse, a prominent chrome-topped grille, and deeply-sculpted sheetmetal everywhere in between. Note also the absolutely massive headlights situated above squared-off fog lamps.

Still second-guessing what you may be gazing at? Take a closer look at the decklid. From what we can tell, the badge on the right reads Verna - that's the Accent's moniker in some foreign markets (including South Korea). See for yourself in our image gallery below. Thanks for the tip, Rudy!



[Source: auto.ifeng.com via GenCoupe Forums]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Will be a nice competitor to the Fiesta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha, right!

        I'm sure it'll have stellar maple-syrup steering!
        • 4 Years Ago
        yup, and there's a bit of fiesta in the nose too. very nicely done!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure its the Accent, and I have no doubt that it will be solid, reliable, with good ergonomics.
      I own an '09 hatch, and its a little gem, so this car will be on my shopping list in a few years.....once they release a hatchback version that is. Even in sedan form it is a big improvement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, the Hyundai architecture has improved immensely. I just finished looking at the new Sonata and it is one great car. Price wise, you can't beat it. I do believe I'll get one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ... like the rest of the Hyundai lineup, the land of the rising sun...keep your eyes peeled!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like the new Elantra. If you look closely at the previous Orange County spyshots, you can see that the Accent has a trapezoidal grille and different shaped headlights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well then why doesn't it say Avante instead of Verna?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks disgusting. Hate that front end.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What exactly do you think it *should* look like? I'd be interested in hearing so that I can confirm you just have either 1.) Problems dealing with change or 2.) just have bad taste.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Me likey!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great so far, though I really hope they keep the 3-door hatch in their lineup. If they do, I'll seriously take a look at it since all the other makers seem to have shunned the 3-door market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks hideous... Probably a Chinese market only model ....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm certainly no fan of Huyndai, but their cars are certainly looking more distinctive. They're not unattractive cars, but I find little cohesion in their design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad for Hyundai's cheapest car...

      I like the design (compared to every other car manufacturer's cheapest cars...)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Fiesta and Mazda2 are pretty nice looking IMO. This will definitely compare well to them now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The current Accent has been a massive success for Hyundai, and from my personal observations, the 5-door hatch (which is gorgeous -- still) vastly out-sells the sedan variant (which is a bit silly-looking).

      Newsflash to Canadians: Yes, in AMERICA, the Accent Hatch is preferred. I'll go grab the smelling salts so that you can get over the shock.

      I hope this photo is in no way suggesting that there won't be a hatch variant. That would be quite stupid of Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's no such thing as a 5-door accent in the US, nor is there in Canada.

        That's the Rio, and Kia's selling it.

        There is a 3-door Accent, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Canadians prefer Hatchbacks to sedans. that news is so old it farts dust.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say the hatch is preferred, it just happens to start at approximately $3500 less than the sedan.
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