India gets first dibs on the sixth-generation Hyundai Accent/Verna
After releasing several teasers and details about their latest B-segment sedan, Hyundai has officially revealed the all-new Accent.
Also called the Verna in India, the latest generation sedan not only features a more eye-catching design, but also comes with a more stylish and high-tech interior, new engine choices, plus intelligent safety features.
As seen from the initial teasers last month, the all-new Accent/Verna dons the brand's latest design philosophy. Borrowing inspiration from the Stargazer/Staria, the front end of the sedan gets a full-width LED daytime running light that's complemented by a low-slung grille and aggressive headlights.
Styling elements from the Elantra can be seen on the side and rear of the all-new Accent. From the coupe-like roofline, sleek character lines, stylish LED taillights, and ducktail spoiler, Hyundai made sure the all-new Accent is a looker from every direction and angle.
Size-wise, the 2023 Accent measures 4535mm long, 1765mm wide, 1475mm tall, and has a 2670mm wheelbase. Depending on the variant, the Accent can come with 15-inch steelies, 15-inch alloys, and bigger 16-inch alloy wheels on higher-grade versions.
Inside the all-new Accent, occupants are greeted by a premium-looking cabin. Regardless of variant, the interior features a two-tone finish. High-grade versions will come with a black and red colorway while lesser variants will get a black and beige finish. In addition, front seats will benefit from ventilated and heated seats for added comfort, as well as a rear manual curtain.
Other available features present inside the 2023 Accent include the following; a digital instrument cluster, a wireless charging pad, a panoramic sunroof, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, an 8-speaker Bose sound system, automatic climate control, and an electronic parking brake.
Under the hood, the Accent will come with two engine choices; a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder MPI and a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injection inline-four. The former makes 115 PS at 6300 rpm with 144 Nm of torque at 4500 rpm and is mated to either a 6-speed manual or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).
The latter, on the other hand, produces 160 PS at 5500 rpm and 253 Nm of torque at 1500 to 3500 rpm. Available transmissions for the turbocharged 1.5-liter include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
When it comes to safety, the 2023 Accent has plenty to keep the driver and passengers safe from harm. These include; six airbags, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, front/rear parking sensors, vehicle stability management, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
For extra peace of mind while on the road, the all-new Accent is available with Hyundai SmartSense. It serves as the vehicle's advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) and comes with the following; forward collision warning with avoidance assist, blind-spot collision warning with avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, lane-following assist, driver attention warning, high-beam assist, and leading vehicle departure alert.
With India the first market to receive the next-generation Hyundai Accent, expect the all-new sedan to make its way to other markets soon. There's no word yet if Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc (HMPH) will bring the 2023 Accent here.