Like its sedan counterpart, the Accent hatchback is sculpted with Hyundai's “fluidic sculpture” design philosophy. We've said it before and we'll say it again, the added bump looks like a mix between a Hyundai EON and Ford Fiesta which is actually a good thing. The GLS variant we drove also came with new sporty 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler with a high-mount stop lamp.
Interior upgrades include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, plus Aux and USB connectivity for the in-dash sound system.
What sets the Accent hatchback apart, though, is the new 1.6 liter CRDi VGT diesel engine. Power output is rated at 128 hp with torque figures reaching 260 Nm. We're expecting to get good fuel efficiency from this hatchback; and when you factor in the cheaper price of diesel, it will definitely save you a lot on the pump. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.
It's good to know that it comes standard with disk brakes on all four wheels and ABS. Dual airbags are also available for the 1.6L AT version, as well as electric-heated power side mirrors.
Expect the new Hyundai Accent CRDi VGT hatchback to hit local showrooms within the next three months. But for now, check out our quick drive story and more photos here: Good things come to those who wait: Hyundai's Accent CRDi Hatchback is here!