2014 Hyundai Accent: Unexpected Safety, Design, and Technology

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Markham, Ontario (November 28, 2013) – Available in four-door and five-door formats, Accent redefines expectations in the subcompact category by offering the company’s signature “Fluidic Sculpture” design, a highly-advanced powertrain, and a full complement of standard safety features. For 2014, Accent adds a convenient sliding sun visor as standard equipment. An upgraded audio system with voice-activated Bluetooth®, previously only available in GLS models, is now included in the mid-range GL. Both GL and GLS models also receive telescoping steering. Outclassing competitors in terms of both technology and content, Accent continues to offer premium features for an accessible price.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2014 ACCENT

Fourth-generation of the best-selling Accent subcompact:

Advanced 1.6L four-cylinder GDI engine paired with 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions

  • 138 horsepower, 123 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.2 L/100 km highway fuel consumption
  • Power and fuel economy superior to competitors

A long list of standard safety features

  • VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Six airbags

Class-above interior volume

A subcompact with the roominess of a compact

Hyundai’s signature “Fluidic Sculpture” design

Strong value – advanced technology, desirable features, and impressive fuel economy

ADVANCED POWERTRAIN TECHNOLOGY

The 2014 Accent’s all-aluminum 1.6-litre “Gamma” four-cylinder engine utilizes the latest in engine technology to deliver a class-leading 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque and an efficient 5.2 L/100 km highway fuel economy rating.

The engine’s most notable feature is its use of standard Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), a first for the subcompact category. By precisely controlling the injection of fuel, GDI allows for better fuel economy, increased power, and reduced emissions. The application of Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts allows for further improvements in efficiency, fuel economy, and emissions. To optimize breathing at all engine speeds, a two-stage Variable Induction System (VIS) is employed. Other elements resulting in reduced fuel consumption include an alternator management system, an offset crankshaft design, and electronic throttle control. To reduce lifetime operation costs and increase reliability, the Gamma features a maintenance-free silent timing chain.

ATTRACTIVE DESIGN

In a segment typically associated with staid designs, Accent stands out from the crowd with its eye-catching Fluidic Sculpture styling. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille and swept back headlights give the vehicle a bold, athletic face. The flowing exterior lines are intended to be futuristic, dynamic, and sleek. While the styling provides an attractive form, it’s also functional, featuring a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag. Five-door models include a sporty trunk lid-mounted spoiler. For an assertive stance, 16” alloy wheels are available.

SAFETY AS STANDARD

Hyundai doesn’t believe that consumers should have to pay a premium for safety, so a long list of safety features are included as standard equipment on all 2014 Accent models. A total of six airbags help protect occupants in the event of a collision, including two front impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and curtain side-impact airbags for front and rear passengers. Active front head restraints and seatbelt pre-tensioners work in conjunction with the airbag system to reduce the potential of injury.

The Accent’s underlying structure is engineered to protect occupants using a collision load dispersion mechanism. The vehicle’s structure distributes the force of an impact in three ways to minimize floor deformation in an effort to maintain the integrity of the cabin.

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS) work together to help deliver confident handling in all conditions. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) integrates control of the ESC and Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) to provide handling assistance in slippery conditions or sudden directional changes. The system can deliver up to 8 Newton-meters of counter-steering effort when required to assist the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle.

A key safety element for any vehicle is its braking system. Accent’s standard four-wheel disc brake setup, unavailable on most competitors, features an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). EBD examines the effect of vehicle load on weight distribution and apportions the braking force between front and rear axles so as to maximize stopping ability. In the event of a panic stop, Brake Assist can help to ensure that maximum braking force is applied.

SMALL OUTSIDE, BIG INSIDEAccent rides on a 2,570 mm wheelbase and is 1,700 mm in width for superior interior volume and passenger space. Total length is 4,370 mm for 4-door versions and 4,115 mm for the 5-door. While the car’s exterior dimensions are consistent with those of traditional subcompacts, Accent is classified by Natural Resources Canada as a compact sedan thanks to its generous interior volume.

HYUNDAI AUTO CANADA CORP

Hyundai Auto Canada, established in 1983 and headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout Canada by Hyundai Auto Canada and are sold and serviced through 210 dealerships nationwide. Learn more at www.HyundaiCanada.com.

Source: http://www.hyundainews.ca/ProductArticle.aspx?cont_id=273

 

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