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Along with a the Equus luxury flagship, as well as the Sonata Turbo and Hybrid models, Hyundai is set to refresh its lineup with several small cars in the near future. We’ve already heard plenty about the upcoming CRX-styled Veloster, which is set to get a direct-injection 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes roughly 140-hp while getting 40-mpg, but what about the rest of Hyundai’s compact and sub-compact models?
Well, for starters, the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder is slated to be fitted into the new Elantra. Hyundai execs say they haven’t decided if this engine will feature direct-injection, although it’s likely as the model has already been introduced in South Korea (as the Avante) using the DI powerplant, making 138-hp and getting an improvement in fuel economy of roughly 10 percent. Set to go on sale early next year, the 2011 Elantra will debut at the 2010 LA Auto Show.
As for the Accent, it will arrive a few months later using a similar version of the 1.6-liter Gamma engine, but with a smaller displacement, says senior powertrain manager Tim White at Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center. Recently unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show as the Verna (it’s name in South Korea), a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder was revealed making roughly 105-hp and 100 ft-lbs of torque. With a 4-speed automatic transmission the car is expected to get 38-mpg, although we expect more than a 4-speed when it debuts here.
As for the Sonata Wagon, Hyundai says it is still mulling a go-ahead for the U.S. market, but the car will be sold in Europe.
The current Hyundai Accent’s claim to fame is that it’s one of the only new cars that can be bought for under $10,000. But with Hyundai’s push upscale, the new 2011 Accent, revealed at the Beijing Auto Show Friday (as the Verna), will be a more upscale effort, designed to go head to head with cars like the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. We particularly like the styling, borrowed from the all-new Sonata – which is a massive step forward from the dull jellybean currently on sale
North American market specs haven’t been announced yet, but as shown in China there is a choice of a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder or a 1.6-liter four-banger. The 1.6-liter engine gets DOHC and variable valve technology to produce roughly 120-hp at 6300 rpm and 114 ft-lbs of torque, while the 1.4 delivers roughly 105-hp and 100 ft-lbs. Both engines come with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Hyundai claims the 1.4-liter with an extra “Fuel Economy Package” will get 41-mpg with the manual and 38 mpg with the automatic. These engines are a possibility for the North American market, but we’d expect something better than a 4-speed auto-box.
GALLERY: 2011 Hyundai Accent [Verna]
Get more details on the new Verna/Accent after the jump:
Thanks to a post on GenCoupe.com we now have several shots of the next-generation Hyundai Accent. We’ve seen a photo of a similar looking vehicle before and believed it to be the next-gen Elantra, but now there’s proof that it is in fact the sub-compact Accent. The proof comes from a shot of the rear bumper, which not-so-clearly shows that the car is a Verna – which is what the Accent is marketed as in Hyundai’s home-market of South Korea.
We have to say, we’re impressive with the look of this new Accent and it’s been a long time coming with the current model having languished far too long on the market. In many ways the Accent started the modern sub-compact trend, but has since been surpassed by almost everything else on the market. And the sub-compact segment is just starting to heat up with the Fiesta and Mazda2 set to hit dealerships this year, while Chevy’s new Aveo is also due out soon.
Over the next 24 months Hyundai is set to deliver the new Accent to market, as well as an all-new Elantra, Santa Fe and a new sporty coupe.