NYIAS 2011: Hyundai Accent [Live Photos]
“Accent redefines expectations in the subcompact category by offering the company's distinctive and upscale "Fluidic Sculpture" design, best-in-class standard fuel economy, exceptional roominess and a full complement of standard safety features. Despite surprising technology and a significant increase in safety features, Hyundai will hold the line on pricing from the prior generation to continue delivering unmistakable value to customers,” the carmaker says.
Power for the frugal subcompact comes from a 1.6-liter direct-injected "Gamma" four-cylinder engine, rated at 138 horsepower and is sent to the front wheels through a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic.
While the Accent comes with new features, such as six airbags and standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, BA and EBD, the price has remained the same, as the entry-level Accent GLS (6MT) will start at $12,445 with the range-topping Accent SE (6AT) starting at $16,795. Deliveries will begin this summer and will be backed by a 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
"The 2012 Hyundai Accent reinvigorates the subcompact segment, similar to what the game-changing Sonata and Elantra have done in their categories," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Accent's class-leading standard fuel economy is another showcase of Hyundai's dedication to improving fuel efficiency with advancements to traditional gasoline powered vehicles and is the fourth nameplate in Hyundai's lineup delivering 40 mpg on the highway."
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