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    Hyundai Spills the Beans on 2018 Accent for U.S.

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      Goodbye Mr. Hatch


    Hyundai finally decided to spill the beans on the 2018 Accent for the U.S. by debuting it yesterday at the Orange County International Auto Show in Anaheim, California.

    Let's get to the most important news for the U.S.; the 2018 Accent will only be available as a sedan. Everywhere else will get a hatchback variant. Boo!

    Everything else pretty much is the same as our report when the Accent debuted at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The 2018 Accent is more upscale in its design with a larger grille, new headlights, optional 17-inch alloy wheels, and rear-end styling borrowed from the Elantra. The interior is nothing too special to look at, but Hyundai has equipped all models with a 5-inch touchscreen with a backup camera as standard equipment. A 7-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability is optional. Interior space has increased thanks to a slightly longer length and width.

    Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual will come standard, with a six-speed automatic available as an option.

    Pricing hasn't been announced, but Hyundai says the 2018 Accent will arrive at dealers later this fall.

    Source: Hyundai
    Press Release is on Page 2


    HYUNDAI INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2018 ACCENT AT THE ORANGE COUNTY INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

    • Fifth-generation Hyundai Accent demonstrates Hyundai’s engineering expertise with improved driving dynamics and an efficient powertrain
    • Upscale exterior design, sophisticated interior and signature Hyundai design cues are central to Accent’s striking appeal
    • Advanced connectivity with available Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™,Hyundai Blue Link and SiriusXM satellite radio
    • Exceptional safety from the available Forward Collision-avoidance Assist

    Highlights for 2018 Accent

    • Sophisticated Sedan Design
      • Hyundai’s new cascading grille, expressive and upscale design
      • Contemporary and intuitive interior
      • Available premium exterior features: projector headlights with LED DRLs, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and available fog lights
    • Performance and Improved Dynamics
      • Eco-efficient 1.6-liter GDI Dual-CVVT 4-cylinder engine with standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission
      • 130 horsepower and 119 lb.-ft. of torque (estimated)
      • Improved NVH and ride quality
      • Architecture includes 54.5 percent Advanced High Strength Steel
    • Improved Audio, Multimedia and Blue Link
      • Standard 5-inch color touchscreen
      • Available 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™
      • Available Blue Link® Connected Services 3 years with standard complimentary service, including remote start
    • Premium Comfort and Convenience Features
      • Available segment first hands-free smart trunk release and dual USB charging
      • Available heated front seats, proximity push button start and automatic temperature control
      • Class-above total interior volume—a subcompact car with the roominess of a compact
    • Exceptional Level of Safety Features
      • Standard rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
      • Available Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA)
      • Quality and reliability backed by America’s Best Warranty

    Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 28, 2017 – Hyundai Motor America debuts the all-new 2018 Accent at the 2017 Orange County International Auto Show. The 2018 Accent enters its fifth generation by building on the strengths of its predecessors with Hyundai’s modern engineering prowess. The result is a car with an expressive design, a high-tech interior, a more efficient powertrain, reduced cabin noise and remarkably improved driving dynamics. The company also infused its newest subcompact car with the latest safety and convenience features. The 2018 Accent will arrive in Hyundai dealerships in the fall of 2017.

    Advanced High Strength Steel at the Core
    The all-new Accent was developed to be the segment benchmark for driving dynamics and safety while delivering outstanding fuel efficiency and maintaining Hyundai’s unbeatable value position. Key to achieving those goals was the car’s use of Advanced High Strength Steel. Accent is composed of 54.5 percent Advanced High Strength Steel—up 13 percentage points from the fourth generation—from the company’s captive Hyundai Steel plant. In addition, Accent’s torsional rigidity improved by 32 percent.

    This new, rigid chassis improves noise isolation and overall driving dynamics. The application of Advanced High Strength Steel also improves collision energy management without adding weight, helping to reduce fuel consumption and deliver better driving feel.

    Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension. Accent’s steering feel has been refined with improvements to steering efficiency, while enhancements to handling and ride comfort have been made by raising the rear roll center and increasing the leverage ratio of the rear shock absorbers. The standard Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system instantly adjusts to changing driving conditions for greater precision and steering feel while improving fuel economy. 

    Striking Exterior Design
    The design of the new Accent exhibits confidence and sophistication with sculpted body forms and smoothly contoured lines delivering a new interpretation of Hyundai’s signature design language.

    The car features Hyundai’s cascading grille, a visual signature integral to the company’s identity. The grille is flanked by wraparound headlights and available LED signature daytime running lights.

    Accent’s sweeping roof profile and sharp character lines run the length of the car. These character lines meet available slim LED wraparound taillights. Features such as 17-inch alloy wheels and side mirror LED turn signal indicators add to the upscale feel of the car. The car’s form is also functional, achieving balance between design and engineering for standout styling with aerodynamic improvements. The underside of the car is also sculpted for aerodynamics, and a new front-lip spoiler, together with a lower ride height, contributes to Accent’s efficient design. All of these attributes allow the 2018 Accent to slip through the wind with a 0.28 coefficient of drag.

    Compared with the last generation, the 2018 Accent is larger and has more interior room. Accent is wider by 1.2 inches, and the overall length has increased by 0.6 inches, yet its height remains unchanged, giving the car a more grounded stance. The wheelbase has also increased by 0.4 inches, pushing the wheels farther to the corners and improving interior roominess.

    Specification

    2017 Accent

    Change

    2018 Accent

    Overall Length (in.)

    172.0

    +0.6

    172.6

    Overall Width (in.)

    66.9

    +1.2

    68.1

    Overall Height (in.)

    57.1

    -

    57.1

    Wheelbase (in.)

    101.2

    +0.4

    101.6


    Modern Interior Design
    Accent’s interior continues the modern, confident, sophisticated look seen on the exterior. A driver-oriented layout with intuitive controls combines with improved interior roominess, high-quality materials and premium technology features to raise the standard for subcompacts. Premium, soft-touch materials in key points create an inviting and comfortable environment for the driver and passengers.

    A wide instrument panel prominently features a standard backup camera system with a 5-inch or optional 7-inch color TFT LCD display. Beneath the screen, the control panel is laid out in a horizontal design with buttons and controls logically grouped by function.

    The seat frame is engineered to be lightweight but extremely strong, to help keep occupants safe in collisions. For added comfort and convenience, passengers enjoy available heated front seats, while the standard rear seats fold with a 60/40 split. Accent also offers class-above total interior volume. Accent sedan passenger volume has grown to 103.9 cubic feet. With this figure, Accent is actually classified as a compact car, versus a subcompact car, according to the EPA. In fact, Accent has more interior and cargo volume than the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Yaris.

    2018 Accent Interior Volume

     

    Interior Volume (cu. ft.)

    2018
    Accent

    2017
    Fiesta

    2017
    Yaris iA

    Passenger

    90.2

    85.1

    85.9

    Cargo

    13.7

    12.8

    13.5

    Total

    103.9

    97.9

    99.4


    Efficient Powertrain
    For 2018, the new Accent receives an updated powertrain tuned for better fuel efficiency and drivability. The updated 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) engine produces 130 horsepower and 119 lb.-ft. of torque. Compared with the previous-generation Accent, the engine’s powerband has improved, with increased low-end torque to make drivability easier.

    The 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder GDI engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel efficiency has also been improved by an estimated 7 percent overall. In the engine, components such as low-friction piston rings, a variable fuel pressure module and upgraded software for the engine control module improve overall operation. Further, improvements to the return springs in the braking system have reduced drive friction. The automatic transmission has also been redesigned to reduce the unit’s overall weight by 4 pounds and improve operational efficiency.

    In addition, Accents with automatic transmissions include the company’s Drive Mode Select feature to adjust both powertrain performance and steering calibration, allowing the driver to customize the driving character by selecting two modes—Normal or Sport—by simply touching a button on the center console.

    Comprehensive Safety and Convenience Features
    The 2018 Accent features several improvements to the front side members and inner side sill for improved collision protection. The front crumple zones have been increased, front side airbags have been upgraded and reinforcements have been added to improve the car’s collision energy management performance, especially in small overlap crashes.

    A six-airbag system is standard, along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control and ABS.

    New for 2018 and for the segment, Accent offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies to provide another layer of protection for passengers. For example, Accent offers available Forward Collision-avoidance Assist that utilizes a front forward facing radar to detect a vehicle and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.

    Advanced Connectivity and Multimedia Systems
    Most 2018 Accent trims will feature technologies ahead of the subcompact competition that enhance driver confidence and convenience. For example, Accent offers a proximity key with push button start, so drivers never need to pull out a key from their pocket or purse. Accent offers available dual USB charging and auxiliary input jacks and available SiriusXM satellite radio. New for 2018, Accent has an available advanced infotainment system that includes a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen system and rearview camera. The 7-inch display also has both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions, including app-based navigation, streaming audio and voice-controlled search capabilities.

    Enhanced Hyundai Blue Link Remote Start and Blue Link Integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home
    Hyundai Blue Link customers have performed more than 25 million remote starts since Blue Link its debuted in 2011. Although remote start is a great feature for hot weather, most take place in cold climates during January, February and March. In fact, Blue Link Remote Start with Climate Control is three times more popular in the winter. With this in mind, Hyundai engineers have enhanced the Remote Start with Climate Control feature to include control of the rear defroster and heated side mirrors into the Blue Link mobile app.

    For the ultimate level of convenience when it comes to remote-starting a car on a bitterly cold winter morning, Hyundai has its new Blue Link integrations for Amazon Alexa and Google Home. These integrations work by a customer simply asking an Alexa-enabled or Google Assistant–enabled device, like an Amazon Echo or Google Home, to start their car. The interaction actually sounds like this: “Alexa, tell Blue Link to start my car at 80 degrees” or: “Okay, Google, ask Blue Link to start my Accent and set the temperature to 72 degrees.” To send commands to Hyundai vehicles via Alexa or Google, users must enable the Blue Link integration in their Alexa or Google Home app, available on iOS and Android devices, and then link their existing Blue Link account within the Alexa or Google Home app. Voice commands will be sent to Hyundai vehicles only after Alexa or Google Home prompts owners for their Blue Link Personal Identification Number (PIN).

    Edited by William Maley

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    Looks like an Audi A3 almost, because Hyundai only has copy cat styling and nothing original.  Which is a shame because I think they and Kia have some decent cars.  I tend to like the interiors of Hyundai's and Kias, they have good room and simple straight forward layouts.

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    12 hours ago, regfootball said:

    hyundai sure has vanilla down pat these days

    Hyundai is the new Toyota in many ways, esp. since Toyota has gone to full-on weird with their styling. 

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    Like Frisky. I find it pretty attractive. Its a compact car to be sold to family types. It has always been a boring styled car. But this is a segment where most of the  market wants boring looks.

    At least with this model, Hyundai let go with the ugliness and at least it styled this new one with good looks.

    Yuck! :yuck:

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    It OK... I guess. No really. It aint that bad!  :unsure:

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    Yikes! My poor eyes! :puke:

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    A lot better, but no super model! :sneeze:

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    And about this saying...vanilla styling...

    I dont know how this started, but vanilla (flavour) is ANYTHING but boring.

    Vanilla actually has a pretty rich and powerful flavour AND aroma.

    It spices up pretty much ANY kind of sweet drink or dessert to what otherwise would be bland without it!

    So...Ive decided to make a stand and NEVER use the term  vanilla when trying to describe boring...

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    Pretty decent for its class, I'm thinking a barebones trim with hubcaps and higher profile tires would be harder on the eyes.

     

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    Yuge mistake dropping the hatch.  But... Hyundai is not alone in forcing people out of low-priced hatchbacks and into miniature CUVs - Mazda already did it with the Mazda 2/CX-3, Ford is doing it with the Fiesta/Ecosport, and there are rumors GM will drop the Sonic.  Here's a photo of what Hyundai will try to steer their budget hatchback buyers toward... the Kona.  From a $15k Accent hatchback to what will probably be a $20k Kona to start... I know people will likely be forced into a used car because of these actions.

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    2 minutes ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    Gosh, that Kona looks great!!

    it's a cool looking cute-ute, IMO... like the profile and interior. 

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    On 10/1/2017 at 8:21 AM, ocnblu said:

    Yuge mistake dropping the hatch.  But... Hyundai is not alone in forcing people out of low-priced hatchbacks and into miniature CUVs - Mazda already did it with the Mazda 2/CX-3, Ford is doing it with the Fiesta/Ecosport, and there are rumors GM will drop the Sonic. 

    If people actually were buying subcompact hatchbacks in the US, maybe they would continue building them....seems like the sales of such have dropped off a cliff...or is it a chicken and egg problem? 

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    On 10/1/2017 at 5:21 AM, ocnblu said:

    Hyundai is not alone in forcing people out of low-priced hatchbacks and into miniature CUVs -

    pretty sure low fuel prices and consumer tastes are the culprits...

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    Just like there is no demand for coupes, there is no demand for hatchbacks.  The 1980s are truly over.  (More expensive) Crossovers for everyone!

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    Yeahbut... Canada gets the new Accent in a hatch, so it is not like a big expense to bring it here.  The Kona is pretty wild.  Maybe that will be my next ride... we sell Hyundai... but I am not a DCT adherent (they're too jerky for me), and I'd want the turbo motor.

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    Although our service department technician who does most of our Hyundai engine replacements hurt his wrist trying to accomplish that very task... it is so sickening to hear these cars banging away when they drive them into the shop.  So now the line is backing up a bit.

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    That does look nice.  they have done enough to keep it fresh.  Love the kona, very sharp little Ute. 

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      Cadillac appears to be playing it quiet with the CT5-V's design. The only bits that set it apart from the standard model are the dark trim, quad-tailpipes, rear diffuser, and new wheels. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 making 355 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. For those keeping score, that's 20 more horsepower than the CT5 with this same engine, while torque is unchanged. Like the CT4-V, the CT5 routes power through a 10-speed automatic and either rear- or all-wheel drive. An electronically controlled limited-slip differential, Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management system, and four-piston brakes finish off the changes.
      The CT4-V and CT5-V are expected to go on sale early next year.
      Our Big Concern
      We find ourselves wondering what is Cadillac thinking? On paper, these models make more sense as V-Sport models considering what's being presented. Badging them as V dilutes hardcore image that the past few models have brought forth. Why is Cadillac doing this? Autoblog may have an answer. According to a Cadillac representative, the brand is wanting to bring in a broader set of buyers to showrooms, hence they are making them less hardcore. This will allow them to bring V versions of other models like their crossovers. But there are hardcore versions coming in the pipeline according to the rep.
      Still, we can't help but wonder if GM has done their classic move of shooting themselves in the foot.
      Source: Cadillac


      Cadillac Reveals First-Ever CT4-V and CT5-V
      Expanded lineup adds more choices for spirited performance. Highlights include available Super Cruise, AWD, Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, eLSD and new V-Mode Driven by Cadillac’s latest turbocharging technology and building on more than 15 years of performance credentials, the first-ever 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V were unveiled today, expanding choices for the brand’s V-Series performance sub-brand.
      Following the 2019 CT6-V, they grow the V-Series family with even more levels of performance, while preserving the lineage established by the original V-Series lineup introduced in 2004.   
      “The new V-Series sedan lineup defines modern sophistication by combining luxury appointments with thoughtful technology and athletic refinement for the discerning enthusiast,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “We are inviting even more customers into the V-Series family by adding a new level of elevated performance between our Sport models and the ultimate, high-performance track capability that the V-Series has grown to represent.”
      The first-ever CT4 and recently introduced CT5 represent Cadillac’s realigned sedan portfolio, characterized by new proportions, innovative technologies and more appearance and performance choices. Each is built on Cadillac’s award-winning rear-wheel-drive Alpha architecture, with the V-Series models developed to deliver the ultimate blend of performance, presence and road-going refinement.
      Both share the latest standard V-Series performance technologies, including Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, which is tuned specifically for V models to enhance comfort without sacrificing performance-oriented responsiveness, and drive modes that include new V-Mode personalization. Each model is available in RWD or AWD and features a 10-speed automatic transmission, Brembo front brakes with eBoost electronic assist and a limited-slip rear differential on CT4-V and electronic limited-slip differential on CT5-V.
      Cadillac’s exclusive Super Cruise1, the first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway, is available on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada. It will be available on both new V-Series models.  
      “The new lineup expands the V-Series ethos, drawing more customers into the Cadillac Performance family, and the newest Vs are focused on elevated athleticism and luxurious refinement for customers wanting a dynamic daily drive,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “And this is only the beginning of the V family. Cadillac’s passion for performance shines on a racetrack. Stay tuned.”
      Vehicle highlights

      CT5-V — The first-ever CT5-V builds on the precision-focused details of the all-new luxury sedan introduced earlier this year to offer elevated road performance and an engaging driving experience.  
      Powered by Cadillac’s high-output 3.0L Twin Turbo V-6 engine, which uses low-inertia turbochargers to enhance power production across the rpm band. It is rated at a Cadillac-estimated 355 horsepower (265 kW), pending SAE certification. 10-speed automatic transmission. Electronic limited-slip rear differential. Standard RWD and available AWD. V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0. Performance Traction Management. Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode. Brembo front braking system. 19-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires2 (all-season tires available with AWD). Dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles; unique rear diffuser and quad exhaust tips. Super Cruise1 available. Unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control. CT4-V — Developed for a new generation of sedan customers, the first-ever CT4 blends nimble handling and Cadillac’s signature technology. The CT4-V takes these traits further, infusing the brand’s racing DNA for a dynamic, responsive and exhilarating driving experience.   
      Powered by Cadillac’s high-output 2.7L Turbo engine featuring a unique three-step sliding camshaft that helps optimize performance at all speeds. It is rated at a Cadillac-estimated 320 horsepower (239 kW), pending SAE certification. 10-speed automatic. Limited-slip rear differential. V-Series performance chassis with Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 (on RWD) or ZF MVS passive dampers (on AWD). Vehicle Control Mode with customizable V-Mode. Brembo front braking system. 18-inch wheels and summer-only performance tires2 (all-season tires available with AWD). Near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution for an exceptional feeling of balance and control. Dark exterior accents and V-Series mesh grilles; quad exhaust tips, unique rear spoiler design that helps reduce rear lift while increasing grip for the rear tires. Super Cruise1 available. Unique performance persona instrument cluster and V-Mode steering wheel control. MORE TO COME
      The CT4-V and CT5-V go on sale early in the 2020 calendar year, with production at GM’s Lansing Grand River facility in Michigan. Additional product information, as well as details on additional V-Series variants and CT4 Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport models, will be announced at a later date.
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