Hyundai's B-segment stalwart is all-new for the 2018 model year after the automaker held the world premiere of the next-generation Accent at this year's Canandian International Auto Show. According to Hyundai, the 2018 Accent is built on the success of its predecessors and gets a more sophisticated finish both inside and out, as well as new high-tech features.
For starters, the 2018 Accent now uses 54.5-perecent Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS), a 41.5-percent increase over the previous generation. The use of more AHSS throughout the body improves collision performance and reduce overall weight for better fuel efficiency. The new chassis, on the other hand, has better torsional rigidity at 32-percent. This results in better noise isolation and driving dynamics as claimed by Hyundai.
Design-wise, the 2018 Accent has a more striking exterior and takes styling cues from its C-segment sibling, the Elantra. Up front, the signature cascading grill gets a slight revision while the sweeping headlights now have projectors and new daytime running lights (DRLs). The sloping roofline has been carried-over and new 17-inch alloys make their way in the wheel wells. Meanwhile, the rear has new quarter-flanking taillights reminiscent from the current Elantra, as well as an updated trunk design.
In terms of size, both the 4-door and 5-door Accent models are now bigger than before. The sedan measures 4,385mm long (+15), 1,729mm wide (29+) and has a longer wheelbase of 2,580mm (+10). On the other hand, the 5-door hatch comes in at 4,185mm long (+70). Width and wheelbase measurements of the hatchback are carried-over from the sedan. Height remains unchanged at 1,450mm.
Inside, the 2018 Accent gets a more modern and sophisticated finish. It gets a driver-oriented layout that is complemented by high-quality materials and premium features according to Hyundai. High-end models will come with red contrast hues and stitching that give the car a sporty feel. A new instrument panel, multifunction steering wheel, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and auto-climate control are just some of the few features that will be available in the 2018 Accent.
In Canada, the 2018 Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter Gamma GDI inline-four. It produces 132 PS along with 161 Nm of torque and can be paired to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatich slushbox. According to Hyundai, the new 1.6-liter gasoline-powered mill has an improved powerband with a 4.6-percent increase in torque from 1,500 rpm.
Beyond that, the engine also gets several new components like: low-friction piston rings, variable fuel pressure module and an upgraded software for the control module.
Safety features that come standard on the 2018 Accent are: six-airbag system, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, traction control and anti-lock brakes.
The 2018 Accent 4-door will arrive in global markets in Q3 of this year, while the 5-door hatch will follow suit in Q4.