2012 Hyundai Accent NH
Hyundai debuted the redesigned subcompact 2012 Hyundai Accent at the 2011 Montreal Auto Show. Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik revealed that the new Accent will get 30/40 mpg city/highway whether you choose a manual or automatic transmission. That's a significant fuel economy increase compared with the outgoing Accent which got, at best, 36 mpg on the highway. The 2012 Hyundai Accent will be sold in two body versions, a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback, and powered by a new 1.6-litre GDI Gamma engine. Like the revised Sonata, the new Accent will boast a higher quality interior. The new Accent bears a strong resemblance to the Elantra and Sonata, and this is a good thing. By using high-tensile strength steel, engineers have given the 2012 Accent a body structure that is 22 percent stiffer than the previous model. At the same time, the Accent rides on a MacPherson strut front suspension, with coil springs, twin-tube gas shock absorbers and a 21 mm stabilizer bar, while the rear gets a torsion axle setup with coil springs and monotube shocks. Together, it all adds up to a strong mix of handling and comfort.
Design of the 2012 Hyundai Accent
The 2012 Accent will be available in sedan and hatchback form when it hits dealerships. Compared to the current Accent, the new car has a nearly 3-inch longer wheelbase (101.2 vs. 98.4 inches) and stretches 2.4 inches longer nose to tail (170.9 vs. 168.5 inches). Width and height are basically unchanged. The safety equipment of the 2012 Hyundai Accent includes 6 airbags, disc brakes on all four corners, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD. A three door model is no longer available, instead there is now a five door model. This gives the Accent the same kind of flowing lines as the latest Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Sonata, as well as a similar front face that's highlighted by the automaker's hexagonal-style grille.
New Hyundai Accent Cabin
Inside the 2012 Hyundai Accent, drivers will get 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with iPod / USB / AUX ports, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and steering wheel audio controls. The 2012 Accent boasts more interior volume than competitors like the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Aveo, Toyota Yaris or Mazda MAZDA2. There's plenty of content in that roomy interior, too. Optional features include an up-level 172-watt six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth compatibility, remote keyless entry, power heated mirrors, heated front seats, cruise control, air conditioning, a power sunroof and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
'12 Hyundai Accent Power
The 2012 Accent will help bolster Hyundai's reputation for fuel efficiency as well, thanks to an all-new, technologically advanced powertrain. Hyundai's all-aluminum 1.6-liter Gamma I4 engine features many fuel-saving innovations. The engine of the 2012 Hyundai Accent will be coupled with either a 6-speed automatic transmission or a manual gearbox. The Accent features a driver-selectable ActiveECO driving mode, in which the system enhances engine and transmission control to help achieve up to 7 percent better fuel efficiency. As a result, the Accent is expected to come to market with both the most horsepower and the best fuel economy in its class.
Called the Verna outside of the U.S., the new subcompact will continue to be offered in both four- and five-door configurations, but now wears sheet metal inspired by Hyundai's successful fluidic sculpture design language. The new 2012 Accent promises to be an impressive vehicle with improvements all around, from a better cabin to higher fuel economy. For the latest news and updates on this model, visit the official HyundaiUSA.com website.