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2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback – Click above for high-res image gallery

Eagle-eyed Autoblog reader James spotted a camouflaged compact hatchback sitting in a parking lot in South Korea the other day, and fortunately for us, he had a camera with him. At first glance, this is obviously a new Hyundai based on the upward sweeping crease along the side that is characteristic of Hyundai's new 'fluidic sculpture' design language.

Closer examination indicates that this is almost certainly the five-door hatchback version of the new Verna/Accent that debuted at the Beijing Motor Show in April. The wheels are the same as the ones we saw on the Verna and the side crease extends ahead of the door cut-line which differs from the Elantra that debuted a week later at the Busan show in Korea.

Also somewhat visible is the rocker panel indentation ahead of the rear wheels that is characteristic of the Accent. We expect the North American market Accent to debut some time this Fall, perhaps at the Los Angeles or Detroit Auto Show.

Photos by James Jang

Auto Show Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to say, i'm not a big fan of Hyundai's new styling direction. It's like they're modeling everything in taffy instead of clay. Everything's looking very gooey and stretched, like it's been left out in the sun too long.

      Kia is doing much more contemporary stuff lately.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll be interested to see if the U.S. gets this, the Veloster, both, or neither.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We will get both. Unless they also do a 3-door hatch, but I think they're gonna finally say goodbye to that body style.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Even with its covers on i already kno what it will look like....and FYI I see the new sonata all the time its not this great looker some of you make it out to be....IMO i see alot of camry in its design the more I see it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like their new direction. This is leaps and bounds over the old Accent. On another note, the new Sonata is really a nice car (rented one recently for a trip to NYC) I was impressed with the power and ride of it. I'd buy this over an Accord or Camry any day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My guess is we'll get an Accent 4-door sedan, Accent 5-door hatch, and a 3-door Veloster.

      This will allow Hyundai to branch out and do a sporty hatch--the truth is, the Accent name just doesn't have any cred as far as sportiness. It makes sense that they'd want to keep the name around in some capacity though--in the same way that Honda gets to say that this is the Xth generation Civic or Toyota can say its the xth generation Corolla, etc.

      I currently own a 2009 Hyundai Accent SE. Its a good little hatchback, agile enough etc etc. I have definitely enjoyed my time with the car, and it'll be giving me several years more of reliable transportation. In June me and my girlfriend drove from Upstate New York, where we go to college, to Santa Monica. It easily held everything we wanted to bring (my girlfriend packed probably 5 times what I brought) and kept up with everything on the highway just fine. Plus, averaged 39 MPG for the trip. NICEY nice.

      If they'd just thrown...I dunno, 15 or 20 more horses underneath that hood, I'm sure this could have been a big seller for Hyundai--this car has always been inexpensive, its pretty light and with the SE suspension I have to say its surprisingly good at cornering, etc. I'll be honest--the ride quality is ROUGH with the SE suspension.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the new Accent will move "upmarket" to compete with $15k-17k cars like the Fiesta, Fit, and SX4, or if it will stay in its current slot and compete with the Yaris, Aveo, and Mazda2. I'd imagine the latter would be true, but knowing Hyundai it'll probably cost as much as a Mazda2 but be competitive with the Fiesta. Especially if it gets a DI engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is this just the small version of the Sonata? And the Elantra will be medium? I'm not sure I like it scaled down.

      This is what Audi does with its design....different sizes of the same shape. It doesn't always work for them, either (the last A6, for instance.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        This New Accent/Verna (and esp the New Elantra/Avante) looks somewhat better and more proportionate than the Sonata...can't wait for the Kia version (Rio) of the Accent, probably a mini version of the hit New Optima/K5.
        • 4 Years Ago
        While they share the Hyundai "fluidic sculpture" design language, the Sonata, Elantra and Accent each have their own individual look (the most successful being the Elantra and the least successful, the 4 door Accent).
        • 4 Years Ago
        New Elantra looks very different from Sonata. it actually looks much better than sonata.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't get why the Sonata is so honored, but the 2nd generation Toyota Solara was not. How different are they other than the number of doors? Truly, the new Sonata could pass as a 3rd generation Solara....with two extra doors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with Doug. The Accent is the baby Sonata, yes, but the Elantra doesn't follow suit. And yeah, I think the Sonata looks the frumpiest. Go figure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Err, rather, I agree with michiganboy.

        From the front, I figured this was the new Elantra hatch. It looks wide! But from the side, you can tell it's a subcompact. I'm very curious to see how that rear end is gonna look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Accent vs Fiesta battle will be interesting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope this comes to the states (as a 5 door). I am going to buy a more family friendly vehicle probably in the next year or two, but I don't want a 3 door. I am glad that more and more small hatchbacks are being updated and/or released here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The fluidic design language Hyundai is putting out these days is pretty good IMO. And H is serving to unify the look across the brand; also good. But, each particular iteration has its pros & cons. Personally, (and it seems other agree...) I like the way it works on the upcoming new Elantra the best...all the elements seem more perfectly in balance than on the other two, i.e., larger Sonata, and smaller Accent/Verna.
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