The new 2007 Accent three-door model (available in GS and SE trim) complements the all-new 2006 Accent GLS four-door, which will go on sale this November. The Accent GS and SE three-door models arrive next spring at Hyundai showrooms across the U.S.
With more than 35 custom accessories being developed, buyers will be able to modify Accent GS and SE to suit their individual style.
"Our all-new Accent lineup is going to set the pace in the compact segment," said Bob Cosmai, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "Consumers will be blown away by the amount of substance and standard safety features found in this new model."
The three-door Accent GS and SE overcome consumers’ preconceived notions of compromised performance, comfort and safety in an economy car. Six airbags and standard antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) provide segment-leading safety for all passengers. The class-leading 110-horsepower (est.)*, 1.6-liter DOHC in-line four-cylinder engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), sport-tuned suspension and 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/45R16 tires (SE model) enhance the car’s fun-to-drive character. Accent GS and SE have the most interior volume in the segment at 108.1 cu. ft.* and more standard features than Chevrolet Aveo and Kia Rio. "There is a renewed interest in tuning and accessorizing compact cars, and Accent defies the laws of economy in this very competitive segment," said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The Accent GS and SE are fun-to-drive, affordable sport compacts right out of the box and they will have more personalization accessories available than the Scion xA."
Externally, the Accent GS and SE reflect Hyundai’s sleek, confident design direction, borrowing from the aerodynamic, clean look of the E3 concept car unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. Up front, the vehicle features a bold bodycolor grille and aerodynamic halogen headlights. Bodycolored exterior mirrors and door handles complement the sporty styling. Sleek character lines continue to the rear of the vehicle. Accent GS’s high-performance V-rated P205/45R16 tires and lightweight five-spoke aluminum wheels provide terrific handling and a big dose of street credibility. A long wheelbase and higher seating positions increase the spacious feeling of the interior. A rear spoiler and wiper are standard on all three-door Accents.
Starting with the 2006 models, all Accents have newfound power under their hoods 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 (est.) at 6000 rpm (an almost six percent increase), and torque is 106 lb.-ft. (est.) at 4500 rpm. These numbers put the Accent at the top of its class in terms of horsepower.
Besides the added performance it provides, 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). Part of the Alpha engine family, the Accent’s powerplant is a tough and technologically advanced unit that features a rigid cast-iron block and lightweight aluminum cylinder head. Engineered for the long haul, the Alpha is backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Two Transmission Choices
For peak performance, the Accent GS and SE come standard with a five-speed manual transmission that has lower gearing for quicker acceleration and a more sporty personality. Also available is an optional four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive lock-up torque converter to maximize fuel economy at highway speeds.
The 2007 Accent’s body bending stiffness is up 39 percent from the last generation model. This stiff architecture allows the all-new, affordable Accent to deliver a comfortable ride and responsive handling thanks to a front MacPherson strut suspension with coil springs and gas shock absorbers, and a coupled torsion beam rear suspension with coil springs and gas shock absorbers. A 21.0-mm diameter front stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll when cornering, and tunes the Accent’s at-the-limit handling for maximum predictability. Rack-and-pinion steering with engine-RPM sensing assist makes for low-effort maneuvering around town, combined with a secure feel at high speed. The SE trim delivers even more road-holding capability with a sport-tuned suspension.
The Accent three-door’s larger silhouette pays comfort dividends inside, with the most interior volume (passenger and cargo) in its class. The total interior volume has increased to 108.1 cubic feet, giving the Accent three-door an unexpectedly spacious feel and besting the all-new 2006 Honda Civic coupe by 14.9 cubic feet. The driver’s seating position has been raised two inches, compared to the 2005 Accent, for better comfort and the higher eyepoint that most drivers prefer. Rear passengers enjoy class-leading 53.1 inches of rear shoulder room and the 2007 Accent three-door features class-leading cargo volume of 15.9 cubic feet compared to 2006 model year competitors.
A powerful 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system is standard, and features a built-in equalizer and large-format head unit with easy-to-use controls. A total of six speakers are 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.
Class-leading Safety Features
The new Accent perfectly illustrates Hyundai’s devotion to passenger safety. In accident-avoidance features, the Accent bests competitors with powerful four-wheel disc brakes as standard equipment (old-school drum rear brakes are common in this market segment). A four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) is also standard. By independently modulating the brake pressure applied to each brake caliper, the Accent’s ABS helps the driver maintain vehicle steering control in slippery conditions and in emergency maneuvers. Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) is integrated into the ABS, automatically adjusting the braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle loading conditions.
In the event of a collision, the Accent is well equipped to protect its passengers. In low speed impacts, the Accent’s five-mph front and rear bumpers help minimize damage. In harder collisions, its steel unibody structure is engineered to dissipate crash energy as its crumple zones deform, while bodyside reinforcements help maintain the integrity of the passenger compartment. Hood buckling creases and safety stops help control the deformation of the hood in a frontal collision.
Inside, 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 child seat LATCH system in the rear seat area provides a safe and secure place for kids.
A total of six airbags work in concert with the restraint systems to provide an additional line of defense in 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. The Accent three-door’s complete suite of airbags is standard—a significant advantage over competitors like Chevrolet Aveo and Scion xA. Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags are extra cost options on the xA, and side-curtain airbags are not available on Aveo and optional on xA.
Taken in total, the Accent’s many strengths make it the clear value leader in its segment. Class-leading safety technologies give it an important edge, and the Accent delivers more standard features than Aveo or Rio. It’s got the most interior volume (passengers and cargo) among its rivals making it remarkably comfortable. Plus, the most powerful engine in the class provides responsive performance, and is another important asset