All-new Hyundai Accent now in PH; diesel and gas engines offered

Is this your next subcompact sedan?
by Drei Laurel | Dec 7, 2018
PHOTO: Jeff Reyes

It took its time getting here, but the all-new Hyundai Accent has finally arrived. The Korean carmaker’s hit subcompact sedan comes in six variants, boasting up-to-date looks and two powertrain options.

We first reported images of the latest iteration of the Accent back in late 2017, and what’s been revealed here in the Philippines looks largely similar. The angry-headlights look has been retained with a few modern updates, and the pair flank a large grille with chrome accents and a mesh design underneath.

According to the brochure, all Accent variants are fitted with 15-inch steel wheels with full caps—and all are four-door sedans. Yep, fans of the hatchback version are going to be disappointed.

Inside is a minimalist cabin with nice gray and black plastics and trim. The only available audio system is a 3.8-inch LCD display with aux-in and USB capability. No touchscreen and Bluetooth.

Fans of torquey performance and efficiency will be glad to know that there is still a 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine being offered. This powertrain is capable of 126hp and 260Nm of torque at 1,500-3,000rpm, and will come mated to either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

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Meanwhile, the 1.4-liter MPI dual CVVT engine option will produce 99hp and 132Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. Like the diesel, it will be available with a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

No official prices have been mentioned by Hyundai Asia Resources just yet. If the all-new Accent remains affordable, expect it to be a hit among budget-minded consumers. That diesel variant is looking pretty promising given the unstable fuel prices as of late.

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