The new Hyundai Accent made its debut back in 2017 and yet, it still hasn't arrived here. When we spoke to Hyundai Asia-Pacific a few months ago, it seemed we'd have to wait quite a bit longer for the all-new subcompact sedan.
At the time, Hyundai Asia-Pacific non-technical trainer Sivitha Nakula, told us that there is no advise whether the Philippines (or other ASEAN markets) will be getting the all-new model just yet. Now it seems that the long wait will soon be over as the 2019 Accent has made its way to ASEAN.
Currently being displayed at the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show, it marks the first appearance of the next-gen Accent in the region. Granted, it is a 'preview' according to the folks over at Paultan.org, but it's a regional reveal nonetheless. If it will be displayed in Thailand by next week at the 2018 , it could only be a matter of time before it makes its way here.
Looking at the car shown in Malaysia, it appears similar to the one being offered in India as the Verna, and Solaris in other markets. As mentioned before by Nakula, the ASEAN-spec new Accent will be sourced from India and the display model in Malaysia does seem to back that up. With that, sourcing it from India would suggest a minimal price increase over the current model, compared to sourcing it from South Korea or Czech Republic.
The car on display over in Kuala Lumpur has halogen projector headlamps, along with chrome embellishments on the foglight housings and door handles, and 16-inch alloy wheels. It also has a push to start button, automatic climate control, a touchscreen audio head unit, and leather upholstery. As for safety equipment, it packs reverse sensors, a rear view camera, hill-start assist, six airbags, and stability control.
As for the engine, it appears to be carried over from the current gas-fed model. The 1.4-liter engine in the display unit makes 100 PS and 132 Nm of torque. Unlike the current model however, it no longer uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Instead, it is now paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. An option for a manual transmission is likely to remain, and so is a turbodiesel.