NEW YORK -- Trying to show that small doesn't have to equal cheap, Hyundai Motor America unveiled the 2006 Accent subcompact on Thursday in New York.
"The Accent has always been a popular vehicle, but recently, this segment has become highly competitive," said Bob Cosmai, CEO of Hyundai Motor America.
Cosmai believes offering an Accent in one well-equipped trim level will attract customers who may have drifted to competitors or considered a larger used car instead. It goes on sale this fall.
The 2006 Accent is 2 inches longer in wheelbase and overall length than its predecessor. It also is 1 inch wider and 3 inches taller.
The more powerful 1.6-liter engine features variable valve timing and delivers 110 hp and 107 pounds-feet of torque.
Small cars have taken a hammering in recent safety tests.
However, Hyundai is equipping the 2006 Accent with dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants.As for amenities, standard features include CD stereo, tilt steering wheel, halogen headlamps, driver and passenger vanity mirrors and a split fold-down rear seat with a folding center armrest equipped with dual cupholders.
On the exterior, body-color door handles, mirrors and body-side molding are standard.
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