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New Hyundai Accent GS and SE
Sportier 3-door hatch joins the sedan brother

All-new Hyundai Accent, 3-door version - front view.

The 3-door Accent GS and SE complement the 4-door GLS alternative.

13th May 2006.

Hyundai Motor America completed the lineup of its third-generation Accent model with the addition of the all-new three-door GS and SE versions this spring, joining the recently released four-door Accent GLS (since last December).

Even in the U.S., small and compact cars are getting increasingly popular with the rising energy prices, leading many car manufacturers to bet on the rapidly expanding sectors of small cars, besides the other growing sector of hybrid cars, all at the logical expense of highly consuming large light trucks, whenever travels are limited to few passengers with no heavy loads requirements.

However, the subcompact cars game is not new for players such as Hyundai, even in America. Since its introduction to the U.S. twelve years ago, Hyundai’s Accent has already sold more than 570,000 units.

With prices starting from US$10,915 (GS, excluding freight charge), the new Accent joins now a growing competition of the entry-car segment, against Toyota's Yaris and Scion's xA, the Honda Fit, the Korean-made (by Daewoo) Chevrolet Aveo, the other Korean, Kia Rio (Hyundai controls Kia) or the coming Nissan Versa which will fit (this summer) under the new Sentra (this fall).

All-new Hyundai Accent, 3-door version - back view.

All-new 3-door Accent SE comes more sporty tuned than the GS.

Design - Externally, Accent GS and SE borrow from the aerodynamic look of the E3 concept car unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. The Accent SE’s comes with bodycolored exterior mirrors and door handles for a more sporty styling.

The longer wheelbase and higher seating positions increase the spacious feeling of the interior. A rear spoiler and wiper are standard on the Accent SE. The Accent three-door is the only model in its class to offer 16-inch alloy wheels from the factory.

Engine - Starting with the 2006 models, all Accents come with a 1.6-liter DOHC in-line four-cylinder engine that features four valves per cylinder with CVVT. The DOHC and CVVT combination helps to give the engine a very broad powerband, coupled with high fuel efficiency and low emissions. With the better-breathing CVVT, performance has improved. Horsepower now peaks at 110 at 6000 rpm (an almost six percent increase), and torque is 106 lb.-ft. (143 Nm) at 4500 rpm.

All-new Hyundai Accent, 3-door version - dashboard.

Two-tone facia, with standard engine-speed dependent power steering.

Besides added performance, CVVT also helps the engine operate more cleanly, and for 2007, the Accent is expected to be certified as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV). The latest evolution of the Alpha engine family, the Accent’s powerplant features a rigid cast-iron block and lightweight aluminium cylinder head, all backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

Transmission - All Accents come standard with a five-speed manual transmission that has lower gearing for quicker acceleration and a sportier personality. A new shift pattern that relocates reverse ensures smooth operation.

All-new Hyundai Accent, 3-door version - console.

The sport-oriented Accent SE features standard air conditioning.

Also available is an optional four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive lock-up torque converter to enhance fuel economy at highway speeds. The automatic transmission has new levels of hydraulic control for quick, precise shifts.

Suspension - Accent’s body bending stiffness is up 39 percent from the previous generation model, with a more comfortable ride and responsive handling thanks to a (front) MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs and gas shock absorbers and (rear) a coupled torsion beam with coil springs and gas shock absorbers.

A 21.0mm. diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering and tunes the Accent’s for better predictability.

Steering - Rack-and-pinion steering with engine-RPM sensing assist reduces effort around town, with a secure feel at high speed. The GLS four-door steering was tuned more for comfort, while the GS three-door has a unique steering rack with increased sporty feel.

All-new Hyundai Accent, 3-door version - 6 standard airbags.

Every Hyundai Accent has a total of six standard airbags.

The SE trim delivers even more road-holding capability with a sport-tuned suspension featuring 24 percent stiffer front spring rate and 11 percent stiffer rear spring rate, larger stabilizer bar (24 mm.), unique strut valving, high performance steering gear and larger wheels and tires. Accent SE delivers a 70 percent increase in roll control over the GLS, even exceeding the roll stiffness of the Hyundai Tiburon SE.

Brakes - The Accent SE completes its performance package with powerful four-wheel disc brakes and a four-sensor, four-channel Antilock Brake System (ABS). Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) is integrated into the ABS, automatically adjusting braking force front to rear based on vehicle loading conditions.

Interior volume - Hyundai points out that its Accent three-door is classified as a “compact car” – not a subcompact, which is the classification given by the U.S. government to competitors including the Toyota Yaris and Scion xA. At 108.1 cubic feet (3.06 cubic metre), the Accent bests the new Honda Civic coupe in total interior volume by 12.9 cubic feet (365 litres, or 0.365 cubic metre). The driver’s seating position has been raised two inches compared to the prior generation Accent, for better comfort and the higher eyepoint that most drivers prefer.

The 2007 Accent GS and SE feature class-leading cargo volume of 15.9 cubic feet (450 litres, similar to midsize cars). The Accent three-door even has 11.6 percent more interior volume than the Toyota Yaris and 4.1 percent more than the Toyota Corolla.

All-new Hyundai Accent, 4-door sedan - front view.

All-new Hyundai Accent, 4-door sedan - back view.

All-new Hyundai Accent, 4-door sedan - trunk (boot).

The four-door Accent GLS offers the sedan formula.

For audiophiles, the optional 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system includes built-in equalizer, large-format head unit with a total of six speakers positioned throughout the interior; one in each front door, a pair in the rear and two high-mounted tweeters to help add audio clarity and detail. A more powerful AM/FM/6-CD changer premium audio system is available on SE and delivers 220 watts.

Safety - Data from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that vehicles equipped with the combination of seat-mounted side air bags and head-protecting side air curtains experience a 45 percent reduction in fatalities in side impact collisions. Every Hyundai Accent has a total of six airbags working in concert with high-tech passenger restraint systems for frontal and side collisions. There are two advanced frontal airbags, plus two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags. Two roof-mounted side-curtain airbags help protect the front and outboard rear passengers in side impacts. Hyundai underlines that the Accent’s complete and standard suite of airbags offers a significant life-saving advantage over competitors like Chevrolet Aveo, Scion xA and Toyota Yaris. Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags are extra cost options on the xA and Yaris, and side-curtain airbags are not available on Aveo, and are optional on xA and Yaris.

In low-speed impacts, the Accent’s five-mph front and rear bumpers help minimize damage. Hood buckling creases and safety stops help control the deformation of the hood in a frontal collision. There’s an energy absorbing steering column, and all five seating positions feature three-point seatbelts and adjustable headrests. The rear head restraints are shingle-style for improved visibility. The front seatbelts have pretensioners and load limiters. A Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system in the rear seat area provides a safe and secure place for kids.

Personalization - With the growing trend of vehicle personalization, Hyundai plans to offer more than 35 Accent accessories at launch, as dealer- or port-installed add-ons, including a ground effects kit, cold air intake system, metallic shift knobs, aluminium pedals and doorsills, iPOD holder, LED interior light kit and many others.

Factory-installed personalization options include a 220-watt, AM/FM/6-CD changer premium audio system with six speakers and Accent’s first power sunroof.

Accent GS - The Accent GS comes with standard tilt steering wheel, power steering, an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat with fold-down armrest, reclining rear seat, front centre console, 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback, a rear roof-mounted micro antenna, two 12-volt outlets and remote fuel filler door release.

Accent SE – The sport-oriented Accent SE features standard air conditioning, power windows with front-illuminated switches, driver’s window auto-down feature, illuminated vanity mirrors, windshield shade band, power door locks, remote keyless entry with alarm and panic alert and heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/45VR16 tires and front fog lights.

The SE trim is equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, metallic interior accents and sporty cloth seats. Additional storage is available with the seatback pockets. The Accent SE features a sport-tuned suspension with unique springs, strut valving, roll bar and steering gear – delivering in total a 70 percent increase in roll stiffness over the GLS. A power sunroof and a 220-watt premium audio system with AM/FM/cassette/six-disc in-dash CD changer with equalizer and amplifier are optional.

Accent GLS – The four-door Accent comes in a single GLS trim level (from $12,455) with either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. GLS trim includes a 172-watt six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with equalizer, air conditioning, power steering, tilt steering wheel and driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, six airbags too, including dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags. Carpeted floor mats are optional. The Premium Package includes ABS, power windows with illuminated switches, driver’s window auto-down feature, power door locks, remote keyless entry with alarm and panic alert and heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors. The Premium Sport Package adds all the equipment in the premium package plus 15-inch alloy wheels with 195/55VR15 tires.

Warranty - The new Hyundai Accent lineup is covered by the Hyundai Advantage warranty, with five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage.

In addition, Accent buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit) and that service includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses.

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