The Hyundai accent has been around for quite awhile in the model line up and hasn’t been refreshed since the redesign debut at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. In fact, the Accent has been part of the U.S. automotive culture since 1994 when the car replaced its predecessor—the Hyundai Excel. The new entry-level sedan that debuted at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show is being called the Hyundai Verna.
Now the Verna may not be a familiar name to those of us living in the U.S., but it is one that Hyundai has used to market their small platform in other markets before around the world. The new Verna was developed for the Chinese market and will go on sale there later this year. If you are familiar with the new Hyundai Sonata, then this car is going to look very familiar—yet smaller. The Verna has what Automotive News calls “strong character lines” which are exhibited with the down swept front nose and protruding edge all on the side of the body. Another interesting point to note is that the Verna rides on a 101.2-inch wheelbase as apposed to the 98.4-inch wheelbase of the outgoing Accent.
Angular Front Exterior View - 2008 Hyundai Accent 4-door Sedan Auto GLS
The China Market car will be equipped with a 1.4- or 1.6-liter engine that will be matted to either a 5-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic. The specifics for a U.S. car haven’t been announced, but according to Automotive News spokesperson Oles Gadacz has confirmed that a modified version of the car will reach the U.S. market, but no hints yet on which name the car will carry here. The expected time frame for the U.S. debut/redesign is for the 2011 or 2012 model year.
Be sure to stay tuned as AllSmallCars.com brings you more information on the developing small car line from Hyundai and the rest of the automotive world.
[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]