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2018 Hyundai Accent Spied In Europe, Driver Isn’t Happy About It

In production since 2010, the fourth-generation Accent has served Hyundai well. Now in its 2017 model year, the Accent is set to gain an all-new generation in due time. And from the looks of it, the new kid on the block is longer and wider than its foregoer.
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Caught on camera while testing in sunny Spain, the 2018 Hyundai Accent shares one too many styling cues with the third-generation i30. The taillights, for instance, are extremely similar to the i30's, as are the side mirrors.

However, that’s where the resemblances end. Compared to the i30’s five-lug wheels, the 2018 Hyundai Accent features four lugs per corner. The front fascia, although masked, also appears to be more pointy than that of the hatchback. Then, observe the halogen headlights and the round fog lamps.

There was a reason the Accent was discontinued from Hyundai’s European range and, for what it’s worth, the new one lacks what the prospective buyers want in a subcompact sedan. As long as the Elantra continues to sell like hot cakes in Europe, there’s no room for a smaller sedan like the Accent.

These being said, I’m willing to bet a tenner the pre-production prototype spied in Spain will find its way to places such as the Russian Federation and South Korea. These markets call it the Solaris and Verna, respectively. On the oily bits front, the all-new model is expected to either continue with the 1.4-liter and the 1.6-liter Gamma engines or introduce the 1.0 Kappa turbo mill.

On select markets, the subcompact-sized Accent boasts a turbo diesel engine that can be connected to a dual-clutch tranny. It’s a given the new one will continue with this combo because the fuel efficiency of a diesel is superior to that of a modern turbocharged petrol engine. On that note, expect Hyundai to reveal what’s hiding underneath the camouflage sometime next year.

 
 
 
 
 

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