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Hyundai Accent

It looks like the new Accent will be available this Fall.

Preview it here. What do you think?

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  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    The new Accent will be shown at the Canadian International Auto Show that starts on February 16th in Toronto.

     

    We'll finally see what was hidden on the spy shots shown in this discussion

     

    Since Hyundai said it wants to differenciate its brand from its sister company Kia, I think the new Accent will be a little more upscale than the 2006 Rio, on which it's based.

    At least, I hope it will be different enough in styling.
  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    Does anybody have news about the future Accent?

    It seems it wasn't shown in Toronto after all, contrary to what I read on MSN Autos (I won't trust them anymore...)
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Is just about the last place that ANYONE should look for automotive information.

    ~alpha
  • codata99codata99 Posts: 123
    2006 Accent is not based on the new Rio, which has a torsion-beam rear axle. This is the same type of rear suspension offered on the current-generation Rio.
  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    According to Edmunds Inside Line, Hyundai plans to unveil its 2006 Accent at the New York Auto Show next week.
  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    The 2006 Accent was unveiled today in New York. You can see some information on this site:
    http://www.hyundaiaccent.com/index.html

    I'm glad it doesn't look at all like the 2006 Kia Rio, but it has some Toyota Corolla resemblance imho.

    According to the specs, it seems to be a mechanical twin to the new Rio: 110hp 1.6L engine, same wheelbase and dimensions, same suspension layout. Sadly, the rear suspension is no longer independent, which was a characteristic unique to the Accent in its class (correct me if I'm wrong on that).
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    I guess that answers the question as to whether the Accent and Rio share a platform. Wonder if the ride/handling will be tuned differently, as on the Tucson/Sportage.

    There is a resemblence to the Corolla in front, but the Accent is more teardrop-shaped and the rest of the car doesn't look like the Corolla, IMO. The tailights remind me of the Protege. Nice rear end and side profile I think. A rather stand-out feature is the very high trim strip on the side--the better to tackle those SUV doors I guess.

    Unfortunately ABS is not standard (as it will be on a competitor, the Fit), but at least Hyundai retained the trademark 8-way driver's seat.

    I think the dash looks better in grey--the tan looks a little cheap to me, with no trim around the HVAC dials. See the photos:

    http://new-york-auto-show.autoblog.com/entry/1234000730037482/

    If the crash test results are good, this is definitely a car I'll look at when it's time to turn over my '01 Elantra to my oldest son in 18 months.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    92 cu. feet-- is the same as an Acura Legend (the big one) of fifteen years ago. Cars like Big Gulps are getting larger.
  • zupzup Posts: 15
    Looks like interior volume is becoming a priority for Hyundai. I am fine with this trend as Hyundai's styling make their cars look smaller from the outside, unlike cars like the 300 which I dislike for its brutish look. I am looking forward to purchase the new Sonata which is rated as a large vehicle by its interior volume. According to Hyundai, the mileage for the new Sonata is around 24/33, which is similar to the Accord and Camry. If the new Accent and Elantra can out-compete their Japanese rivals with Civic/Corolla like mileage ratings, Hyundai's quest for global domination is one big step closer.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    I'd say they have a long ways to go on their quest for global domination. ;-) But they are making sure steps for greater recognition and respect from the general car-buying public, maybe to the point where Hyundai owners won't need to give a lengthy explanation to friends and family as to why they bought one.

    I am very curious to see what the EPA ratings for the new CVVT engine in the Accent will be. It should be at least in the upper 30s, based on the numbers from the current Elantra and the new Sonata.
  • Is there only going to be a sedan model for the new accent? maybe this is so for the usa but im in australia and im sure i read somewhere, and have seen spy photos of, a hatch model....also there has been talk of a wagon varient, anyone have any info on more body styles for the accent and when we can expect to see them? cheers!
  • mononeomononeo Posts: 89
    In the US, the information says that there is only one sedan-GLS model. However, there is the new Kia Rio5 coming out. This may mean that they will come out with the Accent Wagon later, but if not, you could always just get that car, a less-polished Accent with worse resale.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Overall, I think the 2006 Rio is a more attractive execution of this platform. I see more ECHO influence in the front end of the Accent than I do the Corolla, especially in headlamp shape. The interior looks nice, perfectly acceptable for the price point. The Rio just has a little more edge, IMO, and while it will be nice if the Accent can achieve 30/38 ratings like the Corolla auto, I think its reasonable to expect more, given that the Accents engine lacks 20 hp from Toyota's 1.8, and likely about 10-15 pounds of twist.

    I am mighty impressed by the new Sonata, though.

    ~alpha
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    I don't hear any ECHO with the Accent, but I think the Rio sedan is pretty sharp, especially in red. I was disappointed in the Rio5 after seeing a photo of the production model. I got my hopes up after seeing a photo of a concept version that looked really slick.

    One thing that impresses me about the Accent is its equipment for an entry-level car, e.g. fold-down center armrest in the rear, what looks like plush fabric in one close-up I saw, power everything. I wonder if we'll see another instance of the Elantra/Spectra situation, where the Rio undercuts the Accent in price, but by the time you equip the cars comparably the Accent costs less? Then for Hyundai owners like me there's (we hope) the lure of loyalty rebates on the Accent...
  • gwidogwido Posts: 25
    I'm looking forward for the mileage figures of the new 1.6L engine, but I don't expect them to match those of a Corolla or Civic, let alone those of the ECHO. It seems that korean engines have always lagged behing japanese rivals in terms of refinement and fuel consumption and, while I'm expecting an improvement, I don't think this new engine with CVVT will change that. I suppose Hyundai and Kia would have talked more about it if fuel economy have been greatly improved.
  • mononeomononeo Posts: 89
    First off, as far as gas mileage goes on the new Accent, I think we should see at least a 10% increase, bare minimum. The new Sonata has more power than the old one, yet Hyundai promises it will get 20-25% better fuel economy. On the Azera, they promised that the XG replacement would get 15-20% fuel economy improvement. I don't think it is unreasonable to expect at least 10% increase.

    Let us also consider the Honda Civic. Hyundai now, I would argue, has the same levels of techonology and sophistication as Hondas. If we compare the new Accent's 1.6 liter engine to the Civic's 1.7 liter engine, we can find a few things. They both have continuously-variable valve timing, are the same size, and have similar powertrain layouts. Also, they are both ULEVs. The Accent weighs 2375 pounds on average (that's the new model, half way between the auto and manual), and the Civic weighs 2612 with an auto and I'm sure is less aerodynamic and it gets 31 city / 38 hwy with an auto, and 32 / 37 with a manual. The current Accent gets 25 / 36 with an automatic, and 29 / 33 with a manual. Considering that the new Sonata 2.4L I-4 engine gets 25 / 34 with 160 horsepower, I think we can expect the new Accent to at least obtain over 30 in the city, and approaching or surpassing 40 on the highway. The Civic weighs more and is an older engine design, but still gets 31 / 38.

    If you're wondering why I had to compare a Civic EX to an Accent, it is because DX, and LX models do not have VTEC.

    My supreme estimates for what mileage this car will achieve are as follows:

    Manual Automatic
    35/42 33/39

    Exactly the same as the Toyota ECHO.

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    Has anyone noticed that Edmunds has really been slumping when it comes to coverage of auto shows lately? They don't even have all of the new models on their NY Auto Show page. It is getting to the point where I have to double-check things and go to different sites, just because of how unreliable this site is getting. What's the deal with that? The Accent isn't even on the NY Auto Show page, which Edmunds had an article about in the Inside Line daily news last week. It was about how Hyundai would debut both the Azera and Accent at the show. They should be rather embarassed to have reported (or posted, seeing as how their news comes from Global Auto Systems or something like that) on something, and not followed up on the thing they explicitly eluded to covering. That's bad journalism.
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    The 1.6L is still the same Alpha motor that debuted on the Scoupe turbo (as a 1.5L) back in 1993, albeit in improved form. Adding CVVT didn't boost the mpg for the Beta and Delta motors in 2004, so I wouldn't expect any improvement for the Accent.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Actually, CVVT did seem to make a difference with the Beta motor, in both fuel economy and emissions. My '01 Elantra 5-speed with the non-CVVT engine is rated 25/33, and the '05 Elantra 5-speed with CVVT is rated 27/34 and is available in SULEV form (automatic tranny)--and is in fact one of the cleanest cars available per the EPA. Power increased also, from 135 on my '01 to 138 hp now. It's possible Hyundai has improved their CVVT technology and made other improvements in the 1.6L engine.

    I also wonder if Hyundai has any plans to drop their new 1.8L engine into the Accent and Rio down the road...
  • lexi4lifelexi4life Posts: 181
    What!!! It will still use that old 1.6 engine??? I thought Hyundai was arriving with a brand new engine to be able to compete better with the Echo's! I think this really is not a good point for this next Accent! But still, is the platform all new or a modernised version of the old one?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,662
    I know your '01 Hyundai Elantra was rated to get 25/33, but what have you been getting for gas mileage in the real world with it?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

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