When the current-generation Hyundai Accent came out in 2017, its redesign can be best described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary. But for the 2020 model year, the Korean automaker has addressed that.
Making its debut in China as the Verna, the subcompact sedan now follows the design language of its bigger siblings, the Elantra and Sonata. By the looks of it, just about every panel has been changed save for the roof. As far as facelifts go, this is a radical one and looking more like an all-new model than an update.
The entire nose of the car has been given a total redesign. Headlights are much longer than before, making it look sharper and far more aggressive than the current model. The grill, on the other hand, has a dramatic interpretation of the upside-down hexagonal design. With its new front end, even the bumper has been reshaped and looks similar to the treatment found on the Elantra.
While the window shape carries over unchanged, the doors and flanks see more lines and curves. And if you thought the front had a radical re-skinning, the rear is even more so. The trunklid and bumper are totally different from before, and the taillights look nothing like the ones you see on the road now. Last but not least is a new set of alloy wheels complement the changes made to the rest of the car.
Inside, however, the design of the dash and door panels are carried over from before. There is, however, a much larger touchscreen which now employs a free-floating design. One major change inside is the instrument cluster; it goes from analog to fully digital. That said, we're expecting the entry-level versions to stick to tradition.
For now, it's China that will get the new look. Other markets may eventually follow suit. Given that China initially came out with a slightly different look when it debuted and that the fifth-generation Accent is still relatively new in the country (launched December 2018), we'll probably have to wait a couple more years before we get it.