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Report: Hyundai RB Concept Previews U.S. Market Accent

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With the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata already hitting the streets, and the next-generation Elantra just around the corner, attention now turns to Hyundai’s entry-level Accent.

Earlier this month at the 2010 Moscow Auto Show Hyundai very quietly unveiled the all-new RB concept car, a dowdy looking compact sedan that has significant importance in the automaker’s global lineup. That’s because the economy car concept is reportedly a preview of the new 2012 Hyundai Accent due in showrooms in the middle of next year.

The new Accent is said to be almost identical to the RB and is expected to feature the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder Gamma engine powering the concept. The estimated power and torque of the 1.6-liter Gamma engine is 122 horsepower and 115 pound-feet. Overseas models should get a smaller 1.4-liter unit as well.

As for the styling, the RB shows that the new Accent will feature the same fluid design as seen on the Sonata and upcoming Elantra as well as a swoopy grille and tapered back headlights. The new headlamps and L-shaped fog lamps also add a luxurious touch, a trend seen in most of Hyundai’s new models. A hatchback variant will also feature in the new 2012 lineup.

Initially, the Accent will likely feature a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic, but further down the track Hyundai may even add its fuel-saving six-speed automatic into the mix. The story doesn’t end there, however, as there’s even talk of a hybrid model joining the lineup in years to come.

You can see spy shots of a prototype for the new 2012 Hyundai Accent by heading over to Motor Authority.

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