Hyundai Accent SR Concept

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The launch next year of a new Hyundai Accent might not seem like an event to keenly anticipate, but this concept preview suggests otherwise. The Accent SR provides an early look at the next Accent and, dressed up in full hot-hatch regalia, it looks good. Good enough even to break out of its ghetto as the new car of last resort for the credit unworthy and the hopelessly cheap. The upswept beltline, pronounced wheel arches, and creased body sides mark a strong departure from the current car. The SR concept is further dressed up with a rear spoiler, rocker panel extensions, eighteen-inch wheels, and a low ride height. The interior's video-game overtones are obviously pitched at the Gran Turismo generation: There's an 8-inch LCD, touch-screen controls, and three (!) USB ports. The engine is a 2.0-liter turbo, but Hyundai won't disclose its power output. Memo to Hyundai: sport-compact enthusiasts do not want an automatic. That probably doesn't matter, because "the Accent SR is not scheduled for mass production" according to Hyundai. Certain elements will make it into production, however, such as a strut-type front suspension, beam axle rear suspension, and curtain air bags. The dimensions, 159 inches in length, 98 inches in wheelbase, and 58 inches in height, should also be a reliable indicator of the production car.

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