Hyundai redesigned the 2018 Accent to bring the subcompact sedan’s styling into line with the brand’s other offerings at the Canadian International Auto Show on Thursday. The new Accent features a grille, headlights and wraparound taillights similar to other recently redesigned models in the Hyundai lineup like the Elantra GT, unveiled earlier this month in Chicago.
The new Accent, 0.6 inches longer and 1.14 inches wider than its predecessor, is set to hit showroom floors in the fourth quarter in the U.S. and Canada. A five-door version of the Accent will be available for sale only at Canadian dealerships, in early 2018.
“The Accent five-door will be tailored specifically for the needs of Canadians,” Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. CEO Don Romano said at a press event on Thursday.
The Accent comes with a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder 132-hp engine and a six-speed transmission. The new model has improved its fuel economy by 7 percent over its predecessor, according to Hyundai.
It is equipped with a backup camera and has options for a 7-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as an optional autonomous emergency braking system.
The redesign comes following a strong 2016 for the model in the U.S. Hyundai sold 79,766 Accents in the U.S. last year, up 30 percent from 2015.
Canadian sales in 2016 dipped slightly to 19,198 units, a drop of 0.9 percent from the year prior.
Pricing for the 2018 model was not immediately available.
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