North America’s 2018 Hyundai Accent teased

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An all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent will make its world premiere at next week’s Canadian motor show in Toronto, the Korean car maker has confirmed today, but it won’t be coming our way.

Although Australia’s current model first launched here in 2011 and will undoubtedly be due for replacement in the next 12 to 18 months, Hyundai Australia has confirmed we won’t see this one.

Built in North America – reports suggest Mexico production – the Accent teased here will be available in left-hand-drive only, with the US and Canadian markets its primary focus.

It is likely, however, our next Accent will take a similar design direction. Full details are still to come, but it is clear the new Accent will take its styling cues more from the latest-generation Elantra sedan rather than the all-new i30 hatch.

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That means large headlights reaching back along the front quarters, flanking a wide ‘Cascading’ grille that borrows a little something from the Elantra and new i30 both.

The new Accent is shown here in sedan guise, and, like its predecessor and the larger Elantra, a long coupe-like roofline will again feature for a sporting profile.

The Elantra themes continue with signature three-stroke glowing tail lamps, set beneath a subtle integrated boot lip.

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Hyundai is staying quiet on technical details, promising to reveal all on February 16 (early February 17, Australian time).

As for Australia, the company will be looking forward to a new-generation Accent, but it’s hardly aching for a replacement.

January 2017 sales for the Accent in Australia came to 1075, eclipsing its performance for the same period last year, finishing January 2016 with 664 sales.

Although an ageing unit, the Accent is a slightly larger offering than most in the city-car segment, and its $14,990 drive-away (manual) pricing would prove compelling.

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