2018 Hyundai Accent – Familiar Lines on a Not-so-subcompact Subcompact

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Does it look familiar?

If you haven’t seen a new product from Hyundai in the past year and a half, your answer is probably a half-hearted “maybe.” However, the 2018 Hyundai Accent borrows enough design cues from the larger Elantra that the answer should be a solid “Oh, definitely.”

Introduced today at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the fifth-generation Accent promises more of the things that matter: interior room, length, width, acceleration and fuel economy.

It also breaks from the past in another way. Due to its growth spurt, the Accent — once among the most diminutive cars on the road — can now be classified as a compact.

So, how much did the Accent grow? Inside, volume is up by 1.27 cubic feet in sedan form, and 1.34 cubes in five-door hatchback guise. Cargo volume in the hatch increases by just over half a cubic foot. Not a huge increase, but vehicles have a way of nudging the size ceiling to compete in their respective segments. Many exist just inside the boundaries of their size class.

Outside, the Elantra adopts the long bodyside lines of the Elantra, boosting the vehicle’s impression of length. The wide corporate grille has a similar effect, bringing a newfound sense of “serious car” width to the entry-level model. It’s not all in your mind, however. Overall length of the sedan is up six-tenths of an inch, while the hatch now stretches an extra 2.8 inches.

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Both bodystyles see four-tenths of an inch added to the wheelbase and an extra 1.1 inches of width. Roof height has stayed put, thought ground clearance has shrunk by four-tenths of an inch.

Hyundai Canada claims the Accent’s newly stiffened body boasts 13 percent more high-strength steel than before, translating into a 32-percent increase in torsional rigidity. That helps eliminate noise/vibration/harshness issues and improve ride quality. The automaker has also installed new rear shocks and a motor-driven power steering system for improved handling.

Inside, the industry-wide trend of packing more content and premium cues into compact and subcompact vehicles continues. More soft-touch surfaces, a standard backup camera and upgraded touchscreen display — which maxes out at 7 inches — joins firmness-adjustable seats for comfortable long-range cruising. A proximity key and push-button start is offered on higher-end trims, as is automatic emergency braking.

Crash protection is also expected to top the previous generation, thanks to reinforcements added to defeat the small overlap crash test.

For 2018, Hyundai engineers fine-tuned the direct-injection 1.6-liter engine for economy and passing performance. Power output drops, from 137 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque in 2017 models to 132 hp and 119 lb-ft in next-generation guise. While this would seem to make the new Accent pokier, it isn’t the case.

The automaker claims available torque at 1,500 rpm has increased 4.6 percent, which aids in launches, while acceleration times have been shortened by two-tenths of a second between 25 and 50 miles per hour, and by 1.3 seconds between 50 and 75 miles per hour. Hyundai is aiming at driveability with these improvements. Fuel economy should increase by 7 percent, Hyundai claims.

The same six-speed manual found in the current generation can also be found in the 2018 Accent, though the six-speed automatic has been reworked to shed weight. Automatic models also gain a Sport mode button to wring extra performance from the engine.

While subcompacts aren’t as hot as, say, anything with available all-wheel drive, Hyundai needs to stay competitive in a segment where the Accent currently ranks Number 2. The Accent finished behind the Versa in sales last year, but it did see its sales rise 30 percent to 79,766 units, 17 percent of a segment that slid 3 percent.

The 2018 Hyundai Accent sedan arrives on dealer lots in the fourth quarter of 2017, with the five-door variant appearing on Canadian lots in early 2018. Sorry, America, only sedans for you.

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Jeep Patriot and Initial-gen Compass are Really Dead 2018 Wrangler Information Leaked

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Amid all the hand wringing and social media sobbing more than the celebrities we’ve lost in 2016, no 1 thought to mention the Jeep Compass and Patriot — sturdy-promoting, cost-effective yet archaic autos that have been loathed by the automotive press.

Properly, the decade-old twins are dead. Gone. Finito. Pushing up daisies. The Toledo Blade reports that the Patriot and Compass ceased production on December 23, paving the way for a significantly-enhanced second-generation global Compass.

Whilst the new, bigger Compass prepares for its launch, the next-generation of the Jeepiest of all Jeeps — the 2018 Wrangler — remains heavily shrouded. We’ve seen specifics leaked about its appearance and drivetrain, but Fiat Chrysler Automobiles remains silent on a production timeline. Properly, always count on a union representative to spill some beans.

According to the Blade, FCA’s Toledo assembly plant will cease production of the Jeep Cherokee in early April to make way for the subsequent-gen Wrangler. The move is part of a larger game of production musical chairs that is only just begun. A six-month shutdown follows the Cherokee’s Toledo exit, throughout which time the plant will retool for physique-on-frame assembly.

Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12, told the Blade that production of the 2018 Wrangler will commence in November. Pre-productions models must seem “much earlier.”

As the plant gears up for the new Wrangler, production of the current model should continue uninterrupted, Baumhower said. He added that the current generation must see production wrap up in March 2018. Soon after that, the line will convert to next-gen Wrangler pickup production — a shadowy model that has played a starring role in the fevered dreams of Jeep aficionados for years.

When out of Toledo, Cherokee production moves to the Belvidere, Illinois facility not too long ago vacated by the Heaven-bound Patriot and Compass. Retooling is currently underway at that plant, UAW officials claim.

(H/T to Tom!)

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Pushrods, Be Gone: Corvette to Achieve a DOHC V8 in 2018

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It appears the Chevrolet Corvette is in line to obtain a new dual-overhead cam V8.

An internal GM document detailing 2018 model year VIN codes was posted to the GM Inside News forum, and down on page five is buried treasure: “Passenger Automobile Engines for GMNA.”

The quite final entry is a unicorn — the extended rumored LT5 little block. General Motors lists the engine as “GAS 8 CYL, six.2L, SIDI, DOHC, VVT, ALUM, GM” below code “Y”, which denotes the Corvette household.

In the past, there have been internal research employing DOHC heads on GM’s venerable tiny block architecture, but nothing at all came of it till now. On the surface, it would seem the large obtain from adding overhead cams will be far better breathing, as a DOHC setup makes it possible for GM much more freedom when it comes to variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides. The pushrod LT1 is limited to a set valve timing, as the single camshaft hits intake and exhaust at the precise identical degree.

Exactly where this will get fascinating is in terms of packaging. How will GM handle to fit the larger DOHC heads beneath the Corvette’s low slung hood? Then once more, the LT4-equipped Corvette Z06 does have a supercharger and two intercooler bricks tacked on prime of the heads, so it may not be as tight a match as imagined.

In other 6.2-liter V8 news, the supercharged LT4 is listed for A,Y, and K code automobiles. “A” denotes the Alpha platform (Camaro, CTS, ATS), Y signifies Corvette and K is the Omega platform that presently only underpins the CT6. It’s also early to proclaim that the CT6 will get a supercharged V8, but it is believed that Omega will locate its way under other high-end GM merchandise.

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2018 Toyota C-HR Revealed, But Don’t Get in touch with It a Crossover

2018 Toyota C-HR profile - Image: Toyota Admit it: you woke up right now missing the Toyota Matrix, didn’t you? Could Toyota interest you in a modernized, reincarnated Matrix?

This is it. The Toyota C-HR is roughly an inch shorter than the old Matrix, two-tenths of an inch larger, and about an inch wider than the dearly departed hatchback that we likely wouldn’t contact a mere hatchback if it arrived in 2016.

The C-HR is already in production in Sakarya, Turkey, but till the North American production-ready reveal at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show right now, there had been details unknown.

Now, some of the unknowns are known.

“It looks like nothing at all we’ve ever produced, and ushers in a new era of Toyota style,” says Bill Fay, common manager of the Toyota division in the United States.

Uh, that’s for certain.2018 Toyota C-HR front LA: image - toyotaInitially intended to finish up as a Scion in North America ahead of the Scion brand was extinguished, the 2018 Toyota C-HR arrives to challenge subcompact crossovers in a burgeoning segment.

Although somewhat late to the party — there are currently nearly a dozen rivals — the C-HR will beat the Ford EcoSport in the front door. But wait a minute. Is the C-HR actually a direct rival for the Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and a host of other little crossovers?

For the time becoming, the C-HR is a front-wheel-drive vehicle only. AWD is an choice in other markets.

Preserve in thoughts, the front-wheel-drive-only Kia Soul sells more frequently in America than any of the subcompact crossovers that offer AWD. Claiming Nürburgring-honed handling, Toyota says the C-HR arrives in America with a two.-liter four-cylinder creating 144 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque exclusively linked to a constantly variable transmission.2018 Toyota C-HR interior - Image: ToyotaThere’ll be XLE and XLE Premium trims, with the upper grade adding heated front seats, energy lumbar support for the driver, proximity access and, “puddle lamps that project Toyota C-HR.” Each the XLE and XLE Premium are equipped with Toyota’s Safety Sense P, but the XLE Premium adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross visitors alert.

The C-HR first appeared as a idea at 2014’s Paris show, was altered for the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, and was then shown in production kind earlier this year in Geneva, Switzerland. U.S. sales of the production automobile commence in the spring of 2017.

No AWD? Even the Matrix, a mere hatchback, provided 4 driven wheels.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the totally free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Stick to on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Revealed with Malibu-esque Styling, Turbo Engine Lineup, Diesel Choice

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Chevrolet has lifted the curtain on its next-generation Equinox, revealing a host of technological and styling updates for a long-operating model that had grown extended in the tooth.

The alterations coming for the 2018 model year place the Equinox as a suitable compact SUV, as the slimmed-down model sheds important weight and adopts a trio of turbocharged 4-cylinders. Going out on a limb in the red-hot market segment, Chevrolet plans to supply a diesel.

Searching like a Malibu that morphed into an SUV, the subsequent-generation Equinox adopts the style language of Chevy’s newest crop of modest sedans. Overlook about the yawnmobiles of yesteryear and get a load of these busy, flowing flanks, the model shouts.

Underneath the skin, the alterations are equally dramatic — perhaps even much more so. Chevy engineers shaved 400 pounds from the Equinox, which now weighs ten % much less than the prior model. With rear seats folded flat, GM lists interior cargo volume at 63.5 cubic feet.

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Like its not too long ago redesigned Malibu stablemate, the Equinox’s diet plan makes it possible for it to accept a four-cylinder-only engine lineup. Gone is GM’s ubiquitous three.six-liter V6.

The entry-level mill is the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder found in the Malibu, creating 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Chevy does not list the transmission, but it’s almost certainly the brand’s trusty six-speed automatic.

GM’s new 9T50 nine-speed automatic comes normal on up-level models powered by a 252-hp turbocharged 2.-liter four. Whilst the automaker hasn’t announced torque figures for this mill (it is a two hp bump more than the 2.-liter discovered in up-level Malibus), it does promise the same max trailering capacity as previous V6 models (3,500 pounds).

There’s a lot of debate over the future of light-duty diesel engines in North America — mainly, is there a future? — but Chevy doesn’t look worried about the oil-burning stigma spawned by Volkswagen’s emissions deception. The optional 1.6-liter turbo-diesel is the only engine of its kind in the North American compact SUV marketplace. Producing 136 hp and 236 lb-ft, the mill adopts begin/quit technologies and makes it possible for the automaker to advertise a GM-estimated 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

Highway mileage for front-wheel-drive base models is estimated at 31 mpg, while the two.-liter front-wheel-drive variant is estimated at 28 mpg. All-wheel-drive models adopt a switchable system that decouples from the rear axle when four-wheel traction is not required, a la Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler 200, additional aiding fuel economy.

The 2018 Equinox goes on sale in the very first quarter of 2017.

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2018 Hyundai Accent Completes Puberty, Becomes Complete-Grown Automobile

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It appears like the awkward years are over for the subcompact Hyundai Accent.

Our first glimpse of the next-generation Accent comes courtesy of leaked pictures from China, where the model goes by the name Verna. In them, the Accent seems all grown up, adopting a huge grille and styling reminiscent of its bigger brother, the Elantra.

The model, which will appear sometime next year as a 2018 model, grows slightly in width and length. There’s talk that a hatchback version won’t accompany the sedan noticed in the leaked pictures, which seems practically sacrilegious, provided the Accent’s roots.

Speaking of speak, you’re not most likely to hear several animated water cooler conversations about the Accent, but it remains an critical model for the automaker. Hyundai sold 61,486 of them in the U.S. final year, so it is not about to start ignoring its entry in the subcompact industry.

But back to that grille. The 1st Accents to attain North American shores back in the mid-1990s featured a plastic-heavy face with a vestigial front air slot resembling something you’d see living near the ocean floor. The model received typical styling updates through the years, and a wholesome dose of competitive technology arrived in 2011, but this redesign genuinely closes the door on its lackluster econobox previous.

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