It's been in Western markets for quite some time already. We even thought it would be a long wait until we got it, but now it's here. Yes, the all-new Hyundai Accent has arrived in the Philippines. Not only that, we are the first country in the ASEAN region to officially get it.
The Philippine-spec model looks similar to the one that was previewed during the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show. With that, it adapts the 'mini-Elantra' design with dramatic curves and sweeps throughout the body. There's the signature Y-shaped grill as seen in the Santa Fe and Kona, along with more aggressive upswept headlights.
A bold character line that strikes through the doors defines its sides. Also, the window line sweeps upwards, and the rood gets a coupe-like profile. As for the rear, it gets slim wraparound tail lights and a rounded off rear bumper.
Inside, it's a dramatic change from the soon to be outgoing model. The dashboard layout is similar to that to the Elantra with its T-bar arrangement. Its radio is set higher than before and is flanked by air-conditioning vents. Air-con controls are also set higher, freeing up space in the center console. A thicker-rimmed steering wheel and new multi-information display graphics greet the driver. Standard on all models are rear air-conditioning vents.
Two engine options are available in the Philippine-spec Accent. It starts with the familiar 1.4-liter gas engine making 100 PS and 132 Nm of torque. For those hoping for the diesel model, we're glad to report that Hyundai Philippines will continue offering it in the all-new model. Specs are still the same meaning that 1.6-liter CRDI still makes 128 PS and 260 Nm of torque. As for transmission options, it's either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic for the gas models, and a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
The 2019 Hyundai Accent is available in six variants, as listed below:
Hyundai Accent 1.4 GL M/T (no airbag)
Hyundai Accent 1.4 GL A/T (no airbag)
Hyundai Accent 1.4 GL M/T (with airbag)
Hyundai Accent 1.4 GL A/T (with airbag)
Hyundai Accent 1.6 GL CRDI M/T
Hyundai Accent 1.6 GL CRDI A/T
Final prices have yet to be determined. According to Hyundai Philippines, the 2019 Accent will range from Php 725,000 to Php 1,000,000.