We briefly mentioned some of the updates that are coming to the 2020 Hyundai Accent recently when we talked about the sedan’s AutoPacific Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards victory. If you missed that blog, the 2020 Accent received a new powertrain and transmission. But today, we thought we’d dive a little deeper into its new powertrain by focusing on some of its performance specs, features and technologies.
SmartStream G1.6 DPI Engine
The Accent’s new powertrain, which as you might’ve gathered is a SmartStream 1.6L 4-cylinder engine, was designed to be much more efficient than its predecessor. The trade-off is a bit of horsepower, which is unfortunate, but losing 10 horsepower for the considerable increase in fuel economy is well worth it in our eyes. The Accent’s EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are now 33 miles per gallon through the city, 41 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg combined.
What’s truly interesting about this switch, is that last year’s Accent was also powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. How did Hyundai manage to improve the efficiency of the engine that much? By introducing a host of great performance-enhancing technologies and features into the powertrain. Rather than Gasoline Direction Injection, the engine uses Dual Port Injection. Rather than using a traditional thermostat, the engine is equipped with a Thermal Management Module. Mid-phase Continuously Variable Valve Timing reduces pumping loss, a narrow water jacket core improves thermal and cooling efficiency, a high energy ignition coil improves combustion stability and an External Exhaust Gas Recovery system does the same.
All of this combines together for a pretty incredible powertrain option, especially when accompanied by its new available Intelligent Variable Transmission. The new Accent generates 120 horsepower alongside 113 pound-feet of torque. If you have any other questions about the 2020 Hyundai Accent, don’t hesitate to give us a call.