Hyundai has launched the 2011 Accent Executive Edition at a price of Rs. 5,01,900 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Apart from the petrol variant, the new Accent is also offered with CNG and LPG kits.
Arvind Saxena, Hyundai Motor India director, marketing and sales, said the 2011 Accent Executive Edition’s styling is elegant, making the sedan more sophisticated and desirable. He added that the mild face-lift is part of Hyundai’s efforts to update their cars as per customer preferences.
The Accent was introduced in India over a decade ago and was instrumental in establishing the Korean brand in the country. So far, Hyundai has sold more than 3 lakh Accent cars in the country, which speaks volumes (pun intended) about its popularity. Even today, Hyundai sells an average of 2,100 units of the Accent every month. Also read: Hyundai cars in India from Santro Xing, i20, i20 to Santa Fe
New features in the 2011 Hyundai Accent Executive Edition
A few days ago, DWS Auto had reported about a face-lifted Hyundai Accent being spotted. Perhaps, this could be the same model that’s just been launched. Related: New Hyundai Accent spy photo
The 2011 Accent comes with chrome-finish front grille, body-colored side molding with chrome inserts and chrome garnish on licence plates. On the inside, the sedan gets leather-wrapped gear knob and steering wheel, rear defogger, wood-finish interior, front and rear power windows.
The new Accent will continue to be powered by the existing 1.5-litre (1,495 cc), 12-valve, SOHC engine that produces 95 PS of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque of 12.7 Nm at 3,500 rpm. The engine, mated to 5-speed manual transmission, offers brisk response.
However, the Accent is not known so much for its fuel efficiency, which is just about average though ARAI figures suggest it delivers 16.36 km/litre. By making available LPG and CNG options, the Accent has become an even more economically attractive buy. Also read: Most fuel efficient petrol sedans in India
Safety and suspension
The 2011 Accent Executive Edition comes with central locking, button-embedded keys, anti-submarine seats, collapsible steering column and a high-mounted stop lamp. The reinforced cabin has been crash tested to conform to global safety norms and provides optimum driver and passenger safety.
The new Accent has Macpherson strut with coil spring and stabilizer bar at the front while the rear suspension has dual link with coil spring and anti roll bar. Braking comprises ventilated discs at at the front and self-adjusting drum at the rear. The Accent stands on 175/70 R 13 tubeless tyres.
2011 Accent competition
The new Accent will compete with the petrol variants of Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Fiesta, Mahindra Logan, Toyota Etios, Maruti Dzire and Tata Manza. For several years, it used to lock horns with the Ford Ikon. However, with the Blue Oval stopping production of the Ikon this year, the Accent will have one less competition to deal with.