The South Korean automaker counts on the Accent as the basis of its North American model roster and the accessible car is preparing for an overhaul when it debuts on February 16 in Canada.
The current Accent is not your greatest looking subcompact but its successor seems to undergo some substantial design changes that will allow it to “steal” some lines from the Elantra. The teaser trailer is actually pretty revealing and we can see the sedan featuring a prominent front grille in between sleek headlights equipped with LED daytime running lights. Seen from the side, the profile seems to be a tad sportier thanks to a more sloped towards the rear roofline and at the back the taillights seem to again borrow cues from the Elantra.
Hyundai is calling the 2018 Accent as an “all-new” model, so we might be getting a larger – with bigger wheelbase – more accommodating car for rear passengers. We can also bet the Accent will resemble the newly introduced Solaris aka Verna, both on the outside and in the cabin. There are still no details about the powertrain for the US and Canadian versions, but we won’t be surprised if the automaker doesn’t stray far from the current 1.6-liter unit with 137 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque.