New Accent redefines value and quality in subcompact segment
The subcompact Hyundai Accent is all-new for model year 2000. The new Accent is longer and wider than the previous generation Accent providing even more comfort for driver and passengers. In addition, the Accent's new exterior styling is more stylized and features a sophisticated European look.
The Accent continues to offer in its segment with standard stereo casette sound system, three point front seat belts, second-generation driver and passenger airbags, front disc brakes and fuel-efficient 1.5 liter SOHC engine.
The Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty
As with every vehicle Hyundai sells in the U.S., the new Accent comes "equipped" with The Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty, a package that reflects Hyundai's confidence in the quality of its products.
The Hyundai Advantage includes limited bumper-to-bumper coverage for five years or 60,000 miles which exceeds the coverage on cars costing over twice as much. In addition, Accent buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit) and that service it includes emergency towing, lock-out service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses.
But wait there's more. Hyundai also provides original buyers of new Accents with industry-leading limited powertrain coverage -- 10 years or 100,000 miles and that coverage remains in effect when ownership of the car is transferred to other family members. Even if the car is sold, Hyundai backs Accent's powertrain for five years or 60,000 miles. Anti-perforation coverage is provided for five years or 100,000 miles. There is no deductible on any of these coverages.
For the 2000 model year the Accent's wheelbase has been extended by 1.6-inches to 96.1-inches and overall width is increased by nearly 2-inches. These changes result in additional headroom, hip room and legroom for the driver and passengers.
Using supercomputers, Hyundai engineers were able to make the basic structure of the Accent stronger and more rigid. The reinforced A and B pillars are now stiffer and stronger for additional protection and have been injected with foam for additional protection. The stiffer structure reduces vibration.
The cowl cross bar has been strengthened to prevent steering wheel vibration and the side sills, center panel and roof structures have been upgraded to minimize noise and vibration. The doors now use double seals to minimize wind noise and floor panels have been fitted with special vibration absorbing materials to further reduce noise in the cabin.
The new Accent makes an impressive statement that is both bold and sporty. Where the previous generation Accent featured curves and rounded lines, the new Accent uses a balanced combination of straight lines and edges to create a more elegant, more sophisticated look. The gently sloping hood and steeply raked windshield provide good looks and aerodynamic efficiency.
Distinctive character lines swoop inward toward the bold-looking grille to give the Accent an aggressive front appearance. The large, clear headlamps with wraparound turn signals are slanted rearward and add to the sporty look of the front end. The redesigned halogen headlamps project a wider, longer beam, with a more uniform distribution of beam pattern for better nighttime visibility.
The body-colored bumper incorporates a front air intake dam and features fog lamps directly below the headlamps. The new grille and front air dam are good looking, and were designed to channel more cooling air into the radiator and engine compartment. Viewed from the side, the new Accent's strong shoulder line sweeps from front to rear. The unique roofline is higher near the front of the car which provides more headroom for the driver and a more sporty look. The windshield is steeply raked and the A pillars are slim to provide increased visibility for the driver. The outside driver's side mirror is heated and electronically controlled and has been redesigned for reduced noise and improved aerodynamics.
The rear end features a prominent trunk line which runs across the top edge of the trunk and the restyled rear combination lamps are positioned at the far corners to accentuate the space and width of the new Accent. The rear lights are delta shaped and have a distinctive European look.
Hyundai designers and engineers didn't stop with the exterior styling; the interior has been totally revised as well with more headroom, more legroom and more hip room. Hyundai designers took advantage of the increased interior room to engineer new seats that are larger, offer more lumbar support and feature upgraded upholstry fabrics.
Special high-density foam pads are used in the seat cushions and seat backs for increased comfort on long drives. The driver's seat offers easy forward and backward adjustment and dual height adjustment. One knob controls the height of the forward position of the seat and the second knob controls the height of the rear portion of the seat. In addition, the driver's seat in the new Accent GS and GL feature a built-in, folding armrest. The front seats also include seat back pockets for use by the rear seat passengers.
For efficient use of cargo space the rear seat offers a 60/40 split-folding feature.
The instrument panel has been designed and engineered with driver comfort and convenience in mind. The gauge pod includes large, easy-to-read gauges including tachometer, speedometer, fuel level gauge and temperature gauge. The gauges use white-on-gray markings with red needle pointers and are easily viewed through the 2-spoke, adjustable steering wheel. The new steering wheel is designed for optimum grip and comfort. All materials used in the dashboard are made of environmentally-friendly, recyclable material.
The center fascia contains the climate control system and the audio system. The air vents are positioned on top, the audio system is located in the center and the soft-touch control buttons for the fan, air circulation and temperature are located just above the pop-out cupholders. The controls knobs are large, easy-to-use rotary type design.
Engine and Transmission Revisions
All 2000 Accent models are powered by Hyundai's revamped and refined 1.5-liter SOHC alpha engine. The engine block has been redesigned with vertical webs and contoured surfaces for added structural regidity and the crankshaft now incorporates eight counterweights for smoother operation. In addition, the engine is now mounted to the chassis with hydraulic engine mounts which reduce vibration. As a bonus, engine noise in the cabin is reduced by 3 decibels as compared to the previous model.
The 12-valve, single overhead cam cylinder head has been redesigned as well. The aluminum cylinder head features pentroof style combustion chambers and maintenance-free hydraulic valve-lash adjusters. Further engine refinements include a one-piece, welded exhaust manifold and catalytic converter assembly and the addition of a Bosch Seven engine management system.
Other high-tech engine features include roller rocker arms, multi-port electronic fuel injection and direct-fire, distributorless ignition. The engine has a 10.0:1 compression ratio and uses two knock sensors to precisely monitor engine performance. The 1.5-liter alpha engine delivers 92 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a class-leading 97 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
A smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission with revised gear ratios is standard on the 2000 Accent. Buyers who select the GS or GL models can select an optional four-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter. A computer chip in the automatic transmission allows the transaxle to adapt to different driving situations. When necessary the transmission can skip a downshift to reduce the number of shifts when decelerating. The transmission's adaptive logic can also delay upshifts and reduce "hunting" when going uphill.
With its advanced four-wheel independent suspension, Accent also offers more precise, road-hugging handling than most buyers expect to find in an entry-level car. Accent's front suspension features MacPherson struts and offset coil springs with an anti-roll bar. For the 2000 model year Hyundai engineers have increased the caster angle and optimized the suspension geometry to reduce nose lift while accelerating and nose dive when braking.
Front toe is now more precisely controlled for a more stable ride and improved road holding capability. A new front sub-frame has been installed to help reduce road noise and improve safety in frontal collisions.
The rear suspension incorporates a dual link design with coil springs and anti-roll bar which provides excellent ride quality and excellent handling. Changes for model year 2000 include increased rear roll center height for improved road holding.
All Accent models have a power-assisted dual-diagonal braking system with ventilated discs in front and self-adjusting drums in the rear. Power brakes are standard on all 2000 Accents and the 9-inch brake booster is larger than last year's model and improves brake pedal feel.
A sophisticated anti-lock brake system with an electronic brake force distribution (EBD) system is an available option for Accent. The EBD acts like a brake booster, signaling for increased number of pumps when necessary. This feature is highly effective for braking on wet or slippery road surfaces. Power rack-and-pinion steering is now standard on all Accent models. With a turning diameter of only 31.8 feet, the Accent is a nimble performer. The rack and pinion steering system provides excellent road feel and handling capabilities.
The three-door GS and four-door GL models have P175/70R-13 steel-belted, all-season radial tires with deluxe full wheel covers. Aluminum alloy wheels are an available option.
An Accent On Comfort and Convenience
Accent may look small on the outside, but inside is a spacious cabin with an interior volume of 88 cubic feet. And since it's a Hyundai, it offers a long list of standard features that consumers typically expect to find only on vehicles costing thousands of dollars more.
Every Accent offers such amenities as full carpeting, front bucket seats with height-adjustable headrests, deluxe full cloth seat trim, carpeted side trim, deluxe console, dual outside mirrors, passenger-side vanity mirror and front door map pockets.
The standard equipment list for the 2000 Hyundai Accent also includes AM/FM ETR stereo cassette radio, rear window defroster, retractable dual cupholder, remote fuel filler release and variable intermittent windshield wiper/washer system.
With the GS and GL trim levels, buyers get even more features, including deluxe cut-pile carpeting, digital quartz clock, tachometer, tinted glass, built-in driver's seat armrest and five-way adjustable driver's seat. The GS hatchback, in addition, offers a split-folding 60-40 rear seat and rear window wiper/washer. And, on the GL sedan, there's a remote trunk release.
Air conditioning is a popular option on Accent GL and GS. For the 2000 model year the air conditioning system has been refined and upgraded; the system is smaller, yet more efficient.
In designing Accent with safety as a foremost objective, Hyundai engineers began with a unitized body constructed of high-strength welded steel. Incorporated into this design are front and rear sections engineered to collapse at a controlled rate in a collision, reducing the force that reaches the passenger compartment. Every Accent's design also includes a one-piece side panel structure and side door impact beams providing protection that meets federal standards.
In addition, every Accent comes standard with second-generation dual supplemental air bags, which incorporate Hyundai's "one-box" sensor design for maximum reliability.
The new Accent is also equipped with seat belt pretensioners and load limiters which are designed to tighten the seat belt in the event of a collision. Other safety features include seat belt protection at all passenger locations, height-adjustable front shoulder belt anchors, child seat anchor and child safety rear door locks (GL).
Environmental awareness is also reflected in every Accent Hyundai builds. Hyundai has eliminated the use of asbestos in gaskets, brakes and clutch pads, and all plastic parts are stamped with internationally recognized identification symbols for facilitated recycling. In addition, all Hyundai air conditioning systems and the company's manufacturing process are free of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai cars are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through nearly 500 dealerships nationwide.
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