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Hyundai Presents New 2018 Accent at MAMA November Meeting

Posted by: Annamarie Beretta

On Thursday Nov. 9, 2017, the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) gathered at the Hyundai Central Regional Office in Oakbrook, Ill., for a presentation on the 2018 all-new Hyundai Accent. The overview and test-drive was held over lunch as Hyundai's Manager of Product Planning, Mike Evanoff, delivered the presentation.


The all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent Includes:

  • Improved driving dynamics and an efficient powertrain
  • Upscale exterior design, sophisticated interior and signature Hyundai design
  • Advanced connectivity with available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Hyundai Blue Link and SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Safety from the available Forward Collision-avoidance Assist

The new generation Accent is slightly longer and wider than the model it replaces, but it's still classified as a compact by the EPA. The 2018 Accent features a new cascading grill design inspired by the cascading effect of molten steel. The vehicle has available projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, available fog lights, and standard functional air curtains which help eliminate the turbulence in the wheelhouse area. Available LED taillights give the vehicle a more noticeable presence on the road.

"The interior is complete with a contemporary intuitive design: easy to reach, easy to see, easy to understand," says Manager Mike Evanoff.

Standard features include: standard audio 5" color touchscreen which works in conjunction with the rearview camera, standard rearview camera with dynamic parking guidelines, hands-free Bluetooth, steering wheel and audio cruise control, and folding rear seats.

Also available are push button start and hands-free Smart trunk - if keys are on hand, the vehicle can sense the driver is near from at least three feet away and an audible warning with sound as well as a flash is alarmed, then the trunk will open just by walking up to the car. Automatic temperature control is available as well in three stages - low, medium, high.


New available infotainment and safety features include dual-charging/USB as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Integration through Amazon Alexa and Google Home so that you can talk to your devices and the request will connect with your car. Hyundai Blue Link connected car system with safety advance forward collision voice assist forward front facing radar that detects vehicles in front of you. This alerts the driver of a potential collision and if there is no response it will apply automatic break to avoid collision.

There are three 2018 Accent Trim levels: SE - core entry level, SEL - regular equipped, Limited - highest equipped.


  • 5-inch color touchscreen with iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks
  • Rearview camera with dynamic parking guidelines
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system


  • Includes SE A/T standard features plus:
  • Display audio with 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Dual charging USB


  • Includes SEL features plus:
  • Power sunroof
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

The 2018 Accent goes on sale at the end of November - with pricing still being finalized. Check to find your closest Hyundai dealer.

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