Hyundai’s new Verna sedan has been revealed at the Chengdu Motor Show, China, which is the overseas name for our Accent and may give a strong indication on what to expect for the next Australian market Accent.
The new car looks consistent with spy shots which were floating around a few months back, and features more angular headlights which feed into a more prominent and premium grille via Audi-esque chrome strips. The rear features new LED lights and the number plate has been moved down into the bumper bar.
The scalloped lower door treatment has been smoothed out, while the upper beltline follows the glasshouse straight, instead of sloping downwards like the current model. Chrome door handles add a sense of luxury so important in the Chinese market.
The interior features an Elantra-inspired fascia with integrated 8.0-inch touchscreen, plus a thicker-rimmed steering wheel. The Chinese market version retains the 1.4- and 1.6-litre engine options, with auto and manual gearboxes, both featuring six ratios.
At 4380mm long, 1728mm wide and 1460mm high, it is 10mm longer, 28mm wider and 10mm taller than the current Accent sedan, but the wheelbase grows 30mm to 2600mm.
As the Accent has featured the same styling since 2010, it is due for a design update, which may or may not beat the all-new i30 to our shores next year.