Next-gen Hyundai Accent to come with Staria-like daytime running lights

Updated Feb 17, 2023 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

That design element is rubbing off on more models in Hyundai’s range.

Hyundai’s parametric design on the grille may be what the automaker is known for these days, but the signature light bar on the Staria is also gaining traction. Case in point: the visual element may soon find its way to the next-generation Accent sedan.

New Hyundai Verna front

This could be the face of the new Hyundai Accent  

This was hinted at with teaser images released by Hyundai for the Indian market, where the Accent is sold as the Verna. The largely obscured pictures depict the LED light bar illuminated at the hood’s leading edge, accompanied by what looks like an enlarged grille at the bottom. This same element is also present on the upcoming new Kona.  

There’s also a shot of the car’s profile, striking for its use of a rising beltline with a stylized C-pillar that gives it an aggressive-looking streak. The rear portion hints at a fastback-inspired body, with a full-length LED tail lamp ending in vertical fangs at the sides resembling those on the Stargazer MPV.

New Hyundai Verna side

The rising beltline accompanies a fastback-like silhouette

Technical details for the next iteration of the subcompact design are scarce, although Hyundai is reportedly shipping the new Accent with two 1.5-liter gasoline engines. One uses multi-point injection, rumored to be rated at 111 horsepower and 144 Nm of torque. 

Meanwhile, the other is a more powerful turbocharged motor with direct injection, with an expected output of 158 horsepower and 260 Nm of twist. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual, an intelligent variable transmission (IVT), and a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.  

Hyundai Staria

Since its introduction, the Staria's lightbar element has appeared on other Hyundai models such as the Grandeur and new Kona 

The Accent was one of Hyundai’s mainstay offerings in our market, sold with both naturally aspirated gasoline and turbocharged common-rail direct injection diesel engines. Arriving here in its third generation, the model found purpose not just for private use but also as a taxi unit due to the diesel power unit’s torque and efficiency.

However, the Accent was removed from the lineup when Hyundai of Korea took over the automaker’s Philippine operations in 2022, as the focus shifted to crossovers and MPVs. If the upcoming Hyundai Verna makes its debut in India this year, would you look forward to its Philippine comeback as the new Accent?  

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Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is the Korean marque's entry to the competitive subcompact sedan category. It is available in six variants and the Hyundai Accent 2023 Philippines price that ranges from Php 790,000 to Php 1,038,000. Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) offers this model with two engine options consisting of gasoline and diesel mills. Lower-end variants use a 1.4-liter Kappa MPI Dual CVVT gasoline engine that makes 99 hp and 132 Nm of torque, while higher-end variants are equipped with a 1.6-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine that delivers 126 hp and 260 Nm of torque. As for the transmission, the engines can be connected to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Moving to the dimensions, the Accent spans 4,440 mm in length, 1,729 mm in width, and 1,460 mm in height, with a wheelbase rated at 2,600 mm. In the Philippines, this Korean sedan is competing against the likes of the Toyota Vios, Honda City, and Nissan Almera


Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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