All-New Hyundai Accent Revealed in Beijing

2011 Hyundai Accent/Verna front view2011 Hyundai Accent/Verna rear/latteral view2011 Hyundai Accent/Verna interior
Hyundai unveiled the 2011 Verna, also known as the Accent in the U.S., at the Beijing Motor Show. Looking like a miniature Sonata, the Verna features similar headlights, a bold grille, and LED turn signals integrated in the rearview mirrors. Inside, Hyundai claims the cabin boasts higher quality materials and an improved design.

The car is powered by two new Gamma petrol engines with multiport fuel injection. The base 1.4-liter produces 106 hp and 100 lb-ft of torque (135 Nm). Equipped with a five-speed manual, the Verna has an average fuel consumption rating of 41.2 mpg (5.7 liters/100 km). There’s also a four-speed automatic and a Fuel Economy Package available. Choose both and the Verna will average 37.9 mpg (6.2 liters/100 km).

For those who want more power and torque, Hyundai also offers a 1.6-liter engine with 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque (155 Nm). This engine will only be offered with a four-speed automatic gearbox. The car uses an all-new platform with a 2570mm wheelbase, the biggest in its class. The platform is made from ultra-high tensile strength steel, with Hyundai claiming the car will sport improved handling and better noise, vibration and harshness levels.

"Today is a really special day for us, not only because we're launching a new car, but because it's one of the very few times we've done a world-premiere outside of Korea: and we chose to do it right here in China because it's our way of recognizing how important our Chinese customers are to us," said Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor.

Chinese production kicks off in July, with global production to follow shortly thereafter.
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