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 |  Jan 13 2011, 3:13 PM

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Hot on the heels of the debut of the Veloster at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Hyundai has unwrapped the all-new 2012 Accent at the Montreal Auto Show. This comes as a surprise as Hyundai Motor America had said the car wouldn’t break cover until the New York Auto Show in April.

A vehicle that made its name in the industry as being a low cost option for those on a budget, Hyundai aims to keep that price structure while out-doing the competition in every other aspect.

Keeping the same styling seen on the Sonata and the new Elantra, the 2012 Accent is powered by a direct-injection 138-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes 123 ft-lbs of torque and according to the Canadian press release gets 4.7 L/100 km highway and 6.4 L/100 km regardless of whether you choose the 6-speed automatic or manual. That works out to an incredible 50-mpg highway and 37-mpg city. (Those numbers are, however, imperial and in the U.S. you’re looking at closer to 41-mpg and 30.5 mpg).

Having grown in size, the new Accent is now 70mm (2.7-inches) longer between the wheels and 5mm wider. This not only makes for added interior space, but the Accent also delivers a sizable amount of cargo volume with 14 cu-ft of trunk space with the sedan and 17.2 cu-ft with the hatch. Despite all this, weight was kept to a minimum, with the new Accent sedan weighing just 2,392 lbs, while the hatchback model is slightly heavier at 2,429 lbs.

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Official Canadian market details can be found after the jump and details could change for U.S. market cars:

PRESS RELEASE

HYUNDAI ACCENT: UNEXPECTED SAFETY, DESIGN, AND TECHNOLOGY

MONTREAL, Quebec (January 13, 2011) – Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. introduced the all-new 2012 Accent today at the Montreal International Auto Show. Available in four-door and five-door formats, Accent redefines expectations in the subcompact category by offering the company’s attractive “Fluidic Sculpture” design, best-in-class fuel economy, and a full complement of standard safety features. Despite surprising technology and a significant increase in safety features, Hyundai will hold the line on pricing from the prior generation to continue delivering unmistakable value to customers.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2012 ACCENT

§ All-new fourth generation of the Accent subcompact

§ First vehicle to receive all-new 1.6-litre GDI “Gamma” engine, paired with 6-speed automatic or manual transmissions

­  Estimated 4.7 L/100 km highway fuel consumption

­  Engine delivers power and fuel economy superior to competitors

§ A long list of standard safety features

­  VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD

­  Four-wheel disc brakes

­  Six standard airbags

§ Class-above total interior volume

­  A subcompact car with the roominess of a compact

§ Hyundai’s signature “Fluidic Sculpture” design

§ Strong value – more content and best-in-class fuel economy without an increase in price

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR SUPERIOR FUEL ECONOMY

The 2012 Accent’s all-aluminum 1.6-litre Gamma 4-cylinder engine utilizes the latest engine technology to deliver a class-leading 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque and an estimated best-in-class 4.7 L/100 km highway fuel economy rating.

The engine’s most notable feature is its use of Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), a first for the subcompact category. By precisely controlling the injection of fuel, GDI allows for better fuel economy, increased power, and reduced emissions. The application of Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts allows for further improvements in efficiency, fuel economy, and emissions. To optimize breathing at all engine speeds, a Variable Induction System (VIS) is employed. Other elements resulting in reduced fuel consumption include an Alternator Management System, an offset crankshaft design, and electronic throttle control. To reduce lifetime operation costs and increase reliability, the Gamma features a maintenance-free silent timing chain.

2012 

Accent

2010  

Fit

2011 Fiesta 2011 

Yaris

2011 Versa 2011  

Aveo

2011  

Mazda2

Engine 1.6L I4 1.5L I4 1.6L I4 1.5L I4 1.8L I4 1.6L I4 1.5L I4
GDI
HP @ RPM 138 @ 6,300 117 @ 6,600 120 @ 6,350 106 @ 6,000 122 @ 5,200 108 @ 6,400 100 @ 6,000
Specific output (HP/Litre) 86.3 78.0 75.0 70.7 67.8 67.5 66.7
Torque @ RPM (lb-ft) 123 @ 4,700 106 @ 4,800 112 @ 5,000 103 @ 4,200 127 @ 4,800 105 @ 4,000 98 @ 4,000
Trans. 6MT or 6AT 5MT or 5AT 5MT or 6AT 5MT or 4AT 6MT or CVT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT
L / 100 km (A/T) 6.4/4.7* 7.1/5.5 7.1/5.3 7.0/5.7 8.5/6.2 8.2/5.8 7.5/6.0
L / 100km (M/T) 6.4/4.7* 7.2/5.7 6.9/5.1 6.9/5.5 7.9/6.3 7.5/5.7 6.8/5.6

*Estimated fuel consumption

Several other systems have been improved over the outgoing model, each contributing to increased fuel efficiency. All models feature 6-speed automatic or manual transmissions with well-spaced ratios for smooth and efficient power delivery. Low-rolling resistance silica tires and a slippery shape (0.30 cd) reduce friction with the road and the air. Finally, the ActiveECO function modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response. By turning on the ActiveECO function, drivers can realize up to a seven percent increase in real-world fuel economy. The real-world result of these efficiencies is an estimated highway driving range of 915 km.

Despite the additional content, safety features, and technology packed into the all-new Accent, Hyundai has avoided the typically associated penalty of increased weight. A lower curb weight corresponds to an improvement not only in fuel economy, but all other dynamic areas. In fact, Accent offers the best power-to-weight ratio in its class by far, providing drivers with both low fuel consumption and responsive performance.

Vehicle Curb Weight (kg)  M/T Horsepower Power-to-weight ratio (kg / HP)
Hyundai Accent 4-door 1,087 138 7.88
Hyundai Accent 5-door 1,102 138 7.99
Honda Fit 1,119 117 9.56
Ford Fiesta 1,151 120 9.59
Toyota Yaris 1,040 106 9.81
Nissan Versa 5-door (1.8L) 1,222 122 10.02
Mazda 2 1,043 100 10.43
Nissan Versa 4-door (1.6L) 1,150 107 10.75
Chevrolet Aveo 1,165 108 10.79

SAFETY AS STANDARD – BECAUSE IT JUST MAKES SENSE

Hyundai doesn’t believe that consumers should have to pay a premium for safety, so a long list of safety features are included as standard equipment on all 2012 Accent models. A total of six airbags protect occupants in the event of a collision, including two front impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and curtain side-impact airbags for front and rear passengers. Active front head restraints and seatbelt pretensioners work in conjunction with the airbag system to aid in preventing injury.

The Accent’s underlying structure is engineered to protect occupants using a Collision Load Dispersion mechanism. The vehicle’s structure distributes the force of an impact in three ways to minimize floor deformation and maintain the integrity of the cabin.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control work together to help deliver confident handling in all conditions. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) integrates control of the ESC and motor-driven power steering (MDPS) to provide handling assistance in slippery conditions or in sudden cornering scenarios. The system can deliver up to 8 Newton-meters of counter-steering effort when required to assist the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle.

A key safety element for any vehicle is its braking system. Accent is the only car in the subcompact segment to offer four wheel disc brakes as standard. An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) featuring Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) is also included. EBD examines the effect of vehicle load on weight distribution and apportions the braking force between front and rear axles so as to maximize stopping ability. In the event of a panic stop, BA ensures that maximum braking force is applied.

SMALL OUTSIDE, BIG INSIDE

Accent rides on a 2,570 mm wheelbase and is 1,700 mm in width, representing an increase of 70 mm and 5 mm respectively over the outgoing model. As a result, Accent enjoys superior interior volume and passenger space. Total length of the new model is 4,370 mm for 4-door versions and 4,115 mm for the 5-door. While the car’s exterior dimensions are consistent with those of traditional subcompacts, Accent is classified by Transport Canada as a compact sedan thanks to its interior volume. To provide perspective, Accent 4-door features more total interior volume than the Honda Civic.

4-door models 2012 Accent 2011  

Fiesta

2011 

Aveo

2011 

Yaris

2011  Versa 2011 

Civic

Passenger volume (Litres) 2,539 2,410 2,554 2,466 2,670 2,574
Cargo volume  

(Litres)

389 363 351 388 391 340
Total interior volume (Litres) 2,928 2,773 2,905 2,854 3,061 2,914

5-door models 2012 Accent 2011  

Fiesta

2011 Mazda2 2011  

Yaris

2011  

Fit

2011 

Versa

Passenger volume (Litres) 2,577 2,410 2,466 2,396 2,575 2,682
Cargo volume  

(Litres)

487 436 377 263 585 504
Total interior volume (Litres) 3,064 2,846 2,843 2,659 3,160 3,186

Convenient storage spaces are included throughout the cabin, including bottle holders in each door and a storage tray at the base of the centre console. A deluxe centre console is available, a feature not seen on Fit, Aveo, Fiesta, or Mazda2. Split and fold 60/40 rear seats are available for increased cargo flexibility when transporting longer items.

FEATURES AND AMENITIES WORTHY OF MORE EXPENSIVE VEHICLES

Choosing a subcompact sedan no longer means foregoing comfort and convenience features. A standard 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and standard tilt steering wheel work in conjunction to provide a comfortable driving position. Power door locks, standard on all Accent models, can be paired with the convenience of available power windows, remote keyless entry, and power heated mirrors. A 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with iPod / USB / AUX ports is standard equipment. Those seeking added listening enjoyment can opt for a 6-speaker, 172 watt AM/FM/XM/CD audio system featuring Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and steering wheel audio controls. Cruise control, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and a power sunroof are all available.

CONFIDENT HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS

The first step toward confident handling dynamics is a rigid structure. To this end, the 2012 Accent employs high-tensile strength steel for a structure which is 22 percent stiffer than the previous generation and 38 percent stiffer than the Toyota Yaris. Increasing the stiffness of the structure allowed Hyundai engineers more flexibility in terms of suspension tuning. The end result is a better balance between handling precision and ride comfort. Accent employs a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs, twin-tube gas shock absorbers, and a 21 mm stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a torsion axle setup with coil springs and monotube shock absorbers.

ATTRACTIVE DESIGN

The 2012 Accent joins the Hyundai line-up sporting the company’s increasingly popular Fluidic Sculpture design. The vehicle’s exterior lines are intended to be futuristic, dynamic, and sleek. In a segment typically associated with staid designs, Accent stands out from the crowd. While the styling provides an attractive form, it’s also functional, featuring a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag. Five-door models include a sporty trunk lid-mounted spoiler. For an assertive stance, 16” alloy wheels are available.

HYUNDAI AUTO CANADA CORP.

Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout Canada by Hyundai Auto Canada and are sold and serviced through more than 195 dealerships nationwide.

  • Dhelix

    The front grille and headlamp design look like a huge improvement over the Chinese edition “Verna” which awkwardly attempted to recreate the aggressiveness of the Sonata front-end but didn’t the visual real estate to pull it all off the same way.

    This is a much better front end and closer in visual aesthetic to that of the recently released Elantra.

    37mpg city and 50mpg highway is fantastic though! That’s hybrid numbers for probably a third of the price so people who want to do what they can in order to reduce Co2 but can’t afford an expensive car will probably end up buying these. Smart move, Hyundai.

    That Hyundai showroom is going to look awfully good by Fall of next year.

  • Confused

    I’m confused. According to Wikipedia and my own calculations, 4.7 L/100 is 50 mpg US, 60 mpg imperial. However, Hyundai has pledged 40 mpg US on the highway. This makes me think someone used the wrong formula in converting to L/100. 30.5/41 mpg US (assuming those numbers are accurate) work out to 7.7/5.7 L/100km. Much more in line with the other cars mentioned.

  • Hako

    I have an ’09 Accent SE hatchback….and now I want this little buggy. More power, better fuel economy and safety features……and its larger but slightly larger. Three thumbs Hyundai!

  • Not confused

    Confused, don’t be.
    The elantra uses less then 5 on the highway, I don’t think the smaller one would use more then it on the highway. 6.4/4.7 is what it’ll use.

  • Hako

    Okay, I think I’m done being brain-injured……I meant “larger but slightly lighter”.

  • Unfriend

    I took a look at a 2011 Accent hatchback, I had to pay extra for a/c, power window/door, even something as basic as radio, never mind ABS or VSA. Furthermore, it comes with ridiculous looking 14″ wheels.

  • john787

    It’s looks incredible with the imperial gallons, but not that inedible with US gallons. GM has vehicles that gets better…the Cruze Eco and it’s five door rival soon to come out.

  • Ron

    For unfriend, the 2011 accent in base form does come with a radio with 4 speakers. For the 2012 the equipment list even on base form is probably the best in the sub-compact category. The 2012 base L model comes with 4 wheel discs with ABS and ESC, 6 airbags instead of previous 2, power door locks. Like most other sub-compact models you have to upgrade one model up to get the A/C and power windows

  • Bob Friskel

    Looks great, except for small back door restricting loading. Is there navigation?

  • Terry

    Just came from local Hyundai dealer in Calgary & the energuide sticker on the window of the new Elantra is 6.9/41 mpg city & 4.9/58 Hwy.Does this mean the Accent @ 4.7 = 60 plus mpg?

  • marius

    hi, i would just like to know, if the new accent will tell the temp. outside…

  • Marty

    Had a chance to view this car in person (sedan and hatch) at the Toronto Autoshow and was very impressed. Although I was thinking of getting into a larger car, this generation of Accent may be a serious contender.

  • PaulB

    As long the seats fold well…that’s killing Fiesta and Maz2 b/c I can barely fit one bike in the back, even though the physical space is sufficient.

    And will it drive as well? dunno if Hyundai has make an electric steering rack comparable to Mazda’s…that’s what I doubt most.

  • JeffL

    You made a critical error converting the gas mileage…. the car gets 60 mpg Imperial (Canadian) or 50 MPG US on the HWY. City is 44mpg Imp and 37mpg US.

  • JeffL

    A critical error converting the gas mileage…. the car gets 60 mpg Imperial (Canadian) or 50 MPG US on the HWY. City is 44mpg Imp and 37mpg US.

    This happen much too often. It can lead to lost sales if the audience is very large. It can also cause people to consider purchasing other cars instead. Always remember to investigate all figures form the manufacturer yourself. Then take the time to get in and out of all cars and carefully inspect them at car shows. From there test drive the ones that fit best. I find ingress/egress a big issue. The inside of the car for the usability of its features is more importanat than the exterior style.

    Then its the test drive. price who cares!!! any Sales rep and ensure that your monthly payment is where it should be… OK you may have to make a few more months payment if you buy a higher priced car but then at least you did get the car you wanted.

    Personally I think this car will be a BIG hit for Hyundai however they are losing the $9,995 price tag they offered so often on the 3 dr hatch for years.

    I have calculated that the gas saving on this car will actually be my car payment… enough said… now just choosing a colour!

  • george ross

    for the money, best car on the market.
    i have a 2002 with 92k on it and nothings gone wrong with it.
    the only problem i see with the accent is the a/c is included in a $1700 package.
    you can prob. get it installed for 1k but it doesn’t work as good as factory a/c
    138 hp and 40 highway can”t be beat.

  • Albert Adriano

    I bought a 2012 accent with a 1400cc gamma engine and it gets 61 mpg on a steady 70 kph (26 kpl)highway cruising but only gets 15.7 mpg(6.7 kpl)on city driving here in manila philippines !

  • Justine Tukushima

    Albert is right. I only get more or less 16mpg city driving with my 2012 accent.

  • MikeM

    This is crap! I am fed up with those pathetic oversized headlights and overstyled front and rear ends. I’d take a 3 door Accent LC (2000-2003) over that any day of the week!