Hyundai Accent diesel hatchback is almost here

By Vernon B. Sarne

Hyundai Accent diesel hatchback

Those who have been keeping an eye on Hyundai in our market should know that the Korean brand has gone from strength to strength the past few years. The last two years, in fact, sawHyundai Asia Resources launch one bestseller after another--Tucson, Sonata, Accent, Elantra. And customers can't seem to get enough. Only supply problems are keeping the surging carmaker from selling more.

One of the cars high on the wish list of buyers is a diesel Accent. Right now, the subcompact Accent--available only in sedan form--is offered with just two gasoline engines, a 1.4-liter and a 1.6-liter. Now, here's some good news for fans of oil burners: A diesel Accent (with a hatchback body, it must be noted) is going to be introduced to our market very soon. How soon? That will depend on the availability of units coming from the factory. But we're telling you that this Accent model has already received the green light. To prove this, there's already an actual unit in the hands of Hyundai Asia Resources, presumably brought in for pre-launch testing.

The actual diesel engine specs? Well, there are 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter versions of the Accent diesel overseas, both CRDI. We, however, believe that Hyundai is selling the bigger 1.6-liter diesel here, rated at 126hp and 265Nm. Pretty good numbers, if you ask us.

So, would you prefer a diesel Accent hatchback to a gasoline Accent sedan?


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  • francolim1990 Nov 23 2011 @ 10:26am
    diesel accent hatch. wow.
  • Leopaul Nov 23 2011 @ 10:27am
    After you... Hey! Why the upcoming Accent hatchback offered only in diesel? In Korea, there's also a diesel-powered Accent RB sedan! Why not both!?
  • carl96 Nov 23 2011 @ 10:40am
    I agree with Leopaul, that there must be a diesel on the Sedan. But Diesel hatch? That's very nice, eto nalang kaysa Ford Focus...
  • vonschnipp Nov 23 2011 @ 10:49am
    Looks good in red. The China version (Verna) has a sunroof. Please Hyundai Philippines include this desirable spec!
  • ryanjoseph24 Nov 23 2011 @ 11:13am
    sana namn 5speed or 6speed auto yng hatchback na diesel?
  • trail Nov 23 2011 @ 11:56am
    I'd prefer the diesel Accent hatchback over any subcompact sedan available right now, and depending on the specs when it arrives, maybe any subcompact hatchback as well. On my wish list, though, is a diesel Elantra hatchback / i30 with automatic transmission.
  • Carfanatic Nov 23 2011 @ 12:07pm
    Wow, this one will take the sales from the fiesta and jazz. I hope they will offer it a competitive price.
  • GBfive Nov 23 2011 @ 12:51pm
    perfect timing to go against Thai flood-hit carmakers...
  • 17Sphynx17 Nov 23 2011 @ 01:33pm
    Wouldn't this be priced closer to the i30? 1.6 diesel right? Kind of like the i30 just maybe a bit larger at the boot. Will they be discontinuing the i30 here in the Phils? I'm guessing the price would be around 1.0m php minimum or somewhere in the 900k range, but I don't see it being lower.

    It's a hatchback I guess for the purpose of differentiating it from its sedan/taxi brethren. have there been 2011/2012 accents that have been made into taxis? Haven't seen one yet.

    Will it be fighting with the focus? Most likely, but I still think it's on a different "Size" category when you compare it with the Fiesta and the Jazz. Those are like the cutesy toys with large cabins inside. This looks more like a wagon type like Mazda3 hatch and Focus Hatch. Can't think of any car in our market that is on the same category but the Optra hatch was in that same category as well.

    • hajabah Nov 23 2011 @ 04:29pm
      The picture makes it look large but it's most probably around Fiesta-Jazz size. And if they discontinue the i30, all the same, there's a new one that should come out if Hyundai lets our market have the GDi engines which are supposedly very picky with fuel. Supposedly.
    • dominic Nov 23 2011 @ 05:21pm
      meron na sir mga taxis... madami na. QC area
    • 17Sphynx17 Nov 23 2011 @ 06:02pm
      Hi mga sirs. Still haven't seen an accent taxi til now. Hmm.. They must be hiding from my view. hehe!

      Anyway, wish they could post more details like size/dimension, storage capacity and supposed Philippine market options/features.

      Like say if they are selling it without ABS/EBD/airbags etc, then it may very well be priced under 900k. If it has then I'm more inclined to say it's around 1m php (more or less) =)
      • hajabah Nov 23 2011 @ 08:23pm
        It's a subcompact hatch... it better be well under 900k. like, hovering around 800k. haha! otherwise, the i30 disaster will just repeat itself.
    • jmac1993 Nov 26 2011 @ 08:13am
      tama si dominic.. meron ng 2011/2012 accent taxi. But i have only seen 1 sa may Sandigan Area.
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    • BOOGIECAT Nov 23 2011 @ 01:56pm
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  • vinci24 Nov 23 2011 @ 02:31pm
    madami na akong nakikitang new accent na ginawang taxi. makati area madami.
  • barry Nov 23 2011 @ 02:34pm
    it should be in sedan and hatchback so that car buyers have the preference...
  • hajabah Nov 23 2011 @ 04:15pm
    If the tinny interior you guys (tgp) mentioned is fixed, then whoa! perfect! But the new i30 in diesel form is more desirable in my view... and much better looking. yun nga lang, wala pa dito. hahaha
  • chao Nov 23 2011 @ 05:15pm
    Hyundai Accent diesel or Hyundai i30 diesel? almost the same or just the same car and the i30 wasn't loved by Pinoys...a very practical car but Pinoys don't like hatch as Europeans does.
  • ying Nov 23 2011 @ 08:11pm
    Oh my this will be a good one. Let this be one of the two that will be produced here in the PI. Congratulations Hyundai.
  • rdjl_13 Nov 23 2011 @ 09:07pm
    Make it a 6 speed auto transmission and a price of 900K max and this will sell like pancakes. :D
  • GTi Nov 23 2011 @ 11:36pm
  • yokam888 Nov 24 2011 @ 12:18am
    i agree with some comments here. why a hatch? mas ok sana kung sedan.
  • dominic Nov 24 2011 @ 09:32am more info about the specs guys
  • kaceike25 Nov 24 2011 @ 10:04am
    Hmmm... Diesel, hatch, Accent?? I feel LIKE.... to trade in my 1.4 A/T GL Accent!!!
  • Kim John Nov 24 2011 @ 05:32pm
    sure fire hit yan! wag lang gawin taxi ang hatchback.
  • Aloha Milkyway Nov 24 2011 @ 07:18pm
    The tail reminds me a of a hint of Fiesta. Why a hatchback body? BECAUSE HOT(ish) HATCH. Price it at Fiesta Sport prices (>850K) and see Ford and Honda worry. 265 Nm of torque in that tiny chassis? It'll be like a booger flung from a finger
    • 17Sphynx17 Nov 24 2011 @ 07:24pm
      Sir I think you mean < not > as it will scare away buyers once it exceeds 850k.
      • Aloha Milkyway Nov 24 2011 @ 09:01pm
        Yep, I meant under 850K. I used ">" as less than. Too much math in my system right now hahahaha
  • migz07 Nov 24 2011 @ 08:28pm
    whoa, so finally it's here!i'd choose this over the fiesta S any day even if fiesta's got more toys.
  • 16c galibier Nov 24 2011 @ 08:41pm
    the hatchback version the accent is nice and best part is it's a diesel variant.
  • lord_cykb24 Nov 24 2011 @ 10:01pm
    sana may diesel variant din ang sedan segment. same din sana sa Elantra diesel variant on a sedan!!!
  • Lee17 Nov 25 2011 @ 08:16am
  • jmac1993 Nov 26 2011 @ 08:15am
    Sana ibigay na specs.. :D
    Magakano kaya nila ito ibebenta?
  • John Rigor Nov 26 2011 @ 09:36am
    What more if they put the R-eVGT on this thing!
  • borikyo Nov 26 2011 @ 01:53pm
    wait ko na lang maging taxi yan :-D
  • dragun Dec 01 2011 @ 01:21am
    If I know HARI, they'll sell this around ~php1M
  • fortis Dec 03 2011 @ 10:49am
    James May: The Hyundai Accident three-cylinder diesel :)
  • skipper5398 Dec 09 2011 @ 08:31pm
    Hyundai Accent CRDI Hatchback is hard to beat!!
    At 126 hp, and what about the torque?? that would be unbeatable..
  • jclogan Dec 12 2011 @ 05:01pm
    I hope it's mated to a manual transmission, 5 or 6 speed would be fine..
  • dextermorgan Jan 23 2012 @ 04:23am
    to top gear how much would you think would they sell this diesel hatch accent????
  • dextermorgan Jan 23 2012 @ 04:25am
    @ dragun it wont be sold @ 1m kung 1 m lang people would buy ford fiesta diesel
  • dextermorgan Jan 23 2012 @ 04:26am
    i mean focus sorry
  • mac021 Apr 12 2012 @ 07:42am
    I'd really prefer a diesel accent sedan... why won't they bring that back?
  • KERSMcPherson May 04 2012 @ 11:03am
    hatchback. any new updates on this?
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