It's been a while since we've seen anything new regarding the PH-spec Hyundai Accent. The subcompact, a staple on city roads here, received a slight upgrade back in 2014. Since then, Japanese competitors like the Toyota Vios, Mazda 2, and Honda City have upped their games, while the market waited patiently for more from one of the Korean carmaker's most prominent models.
Earlier this year, the all-new Accent broke cover at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The fifth-gen vehicle was bigger, much more stylish, and more capable than its predecessor on paper. No word on a hatchback version or diesel engine, but it was already enough to have us wanting more.
Thankfully, the company released more images of the sedan together with its US debut at the Orange County International Auto Show. It's a better look at Hyundai's new 'cascading' grille design and the Accent's sleeker, more sculpted exterior look. We've already talked about the changes to the car's structure and performance here.
We finally get a real glimpse at what's inside as well—soft touch materials, a familiar Hyundai dash with angular vents and components, a new instrument panel with a TFT LCD display, plenty of tactile controls and physical dials, a neat leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay capability. We're really digging the door trim, too.
As far as subcompacts go, the all-new Accent is looking pretty premium. Hopefully we get the same when it arrives here in the Philippines. You can check out more photos of the vehicle right below.