• Aug 26, 2010
Hyundai RB Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai has dropped its new RB concept on the crowd at this year's Moscow Motor Show, and according to our Spanish-speaking sister site, the car you see above is likely to evolve into a genuine Russian-market production model with one of two engines.

On the base side of things, buyers can opt for a 1.4-liter four-cylinder with around 109 horsepower, while those looking for a bit more grunt will be able to snap up a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with around 124 ponies. Both engines should be available with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

The mechanicals aren't the kind of hardware we typically get excited about, but we do like the compact sedan's lines. The design borrows plenty of cues from the similarly sultry Sonata, and the look wears well on a smaller craft. So far, it looks like the RB will stick to its Russian borders, but that doesn't mean we won't see a similarly handsome mug on our shores. From what we can gather, the next-generation Accent will be very similar to what you see above. Small things like fascias and tail lights may change, but the overall car is the successor to the Hyundai compact throne. Hit the jump for a look at a video of the concept as well as the full press release.



[Source: Autoblog Spanish]


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Hyundai Motor Company introduced a new sub-compact family sedan concept RB at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show (MIMS).

The RB projects a coupe-like dynamic styling that is sculpted, stately and performance-oriented.

With elegant lines that resemble a calligrapher's "orchid strokes," the concept RB continues Hyundai Motor's 'fluidic sculpture' design philosophy that injects sophistication and dynamic angles into the shape of a vehicle.

Like any timeless work of art, the fluidic essence that characterizes molding design of Hyundai's latest models is inspired by nature, realizing the harmonic coexistence of all things created.
The strong design hints of the production version are highlighted in concept RB's large hexagonal front grill, headlamps and "L"-shaped fog lamps that give luxurious and exquisite looks.

When the production sub-compact sedan arrives in Russia, it will be powered by the modern Gamma engine, 1.6L or 1.4L DOHC in-line four cylinder gasoline engine that features multiport fuel injection with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing).

By replacing the old Alpha engine with Gamma, the sedan promises more power and torque, as well as best-in-class fuel economy, in keeping with Hyundais pledge to be the industrys eco-leader. The estimated power and torque of 1.6 Gamma are respectively 124ps and 156 N.m while those of 1.4 Gamma are 107ps and 135 N.m. The powerful and fuel-efficient Gamma engine will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission or a standard five-speed manual transaxle.

Production version of this concept car is scheduled to begin at Hyundai's first full-cycle plant in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Russia(HMMR) in January 2011, and will join the Hyundai lineup in the spring of 2011.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Erm. This is the new Accent, RB is the code for the new chassis. It is essentially the Korean Verna with a new face. Who knows what final production will be like but this is maybe what NA will get as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sleek on dynamic? Huh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats the new Elantra!

      Smirnoff!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        that is the new accent ! Though it looks like it might be called the RB in Moscow ?

        I like the tail pipes on the back bumper and the fog lamp inserts on the front bumper, it gives it a more aggressive look ! Hyundai just keeps amazing me with their product line ! It seems there is nothing they can do wrong as of late! I hope hyundai never can keep up the movement of these awesome cars they and kia have been putting out
        • 4 Years Ago
        no it isn't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      omg this will be a hit on emerging markets!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Coupe-profile? Holy Batman these manufacturers are whoring the word like never before.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well what are you afraid of? Coupe sedans are hot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just once, I would love to see someone mention these new Hyundai Accent/Elantra replacements and actually mention changes that may have been made to the chassis or construction of the car. Neither the current Accent or Elantra are very good cars for road manner, ergonomics, or interior quality and people just forget this. Maybe the target market for these is supposed to be completely brainwashed by the looks and just not care about the actual car underneath it all.

      Take a look at that 2 minute video, it has almost no information about the actual car, it is simply like "Hey look, we made it purty!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        if you ever driven new sonata, you will know hyundai made a drastic improvements. new sonata handles much better than soft prevous model. my only beef with the new sonata is the hankook tire noise. it's 200% improvement in my book.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think once the cars get close to production that information will come out. Right now hyundai hasn't released any detailed specs on either car that's why you haven't heard are read any thing about the underpinnings.

        I garauntee you if the new Elantra/Accent are anything like the Sonata...toyota, honda, nissan and the big 3 have a lot to worry about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Surprisingly the new Elantra looks so much better than this concept.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet the fog lights and some side bottom moldings would change for production. The rest will most likely follow through to production.

      Seems like Hyundai is incorporating their hexagonal grille into their line up now. About freaking time.

      Tuscon, Elantra, Accent, possibly new Veloster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This cars styling reminds me more than anything of the new Focus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The headlamps are similar and very nice. Not too big and nicely tapered.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the new Accent looks more like the Verna, not this. This has the new Elantra grill, but it looks tacked on here. The Verna has a Sonata front end.

      As for interior quality, the current Accent is pretty low rent, but the current Elantra is actually pretty nice, fit and finish and quality-wise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did Hyundai do the oval + wings grille first, or Subie?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or does the front bumper look like the bumper on the hybrid Sonata ? This must be the Hybrid Accent model.

      I read Kia will get a small Rio Hybrid, This is pretty close as we will get to the new kia Rio hybrid for now , untill spy pictures of the Rio come out
      • 4 Years Ago
      John H.
      5:30PM (8/26/2010)
      Did Hyundai do the oval + wings grille first, or Subie?

      Ford probably. The 1998 Taurus had an oval with wings as does my grandmothers 2000.
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