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, saw Hyundai 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?