Hyundai’s Accent Subcompact
Hyundai’s Accent Subcompact Receives Surprise Reveal at Montreal Auto Show
The 2012 Accent had its debut this week at the Montreal Auto Show. The Canadian-spec Accent is instantly recognizable from the front by styling shared with the Elantra four-door.
We first saw the body style of the Accent as the , when that car debuted at the Beijing Auto Show. The Accent’s Canadian reveal gives us the closest look yet at what car will throw into the subcompact car segment, a class that’s incredibly different from when the current-generation car was first thrust into the market.
In Canada, the Accent will receive a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection and dual continuously variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust camshafts. The engine reportedly makes 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque at 4700 rpm and will be mated to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Even though this Accent has more power, the current car is mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy will no doubt improve. The 2011 Accent gets 27/36 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 26-28/34-36 mpg with the manual.
In the U.S., only a three-door hatchback and four-door Accent sedan are sold, but that could change with the 2012 model. In Canada, it appears the Accent will only be offered in four- and five-door forms. claims the Canadian five-door Accent hatchback has more cargo volume than the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 but less than a Nissan Versa and Honda Fit.