New variant of Hyundai Accent is launched in South Korea, sporting new self-developed 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).Hyundai Accent DCT is powered by 1.6 litre diesel engine equipped with VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger). The motor generates 136 PS max power and 300 Nm peak torque. Same engine is offered in Indian Hyundai Verna, also with VGT, but produces only 128 PS max power and 265 Nm peak torque, with option of 6-speed manual gearbox or 4-speed old-school automatic transmission.
Hyundai additionally offers a 1.6 litre GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) petrol engine in Accent sedan in Korea, which is tuned to churn out 140 PS max power and 166 Nm peak torque. It delivers (claimed) mileage of 14 kmpl and is linked to conventional automatic gearbox.
The Verna sedan in Korean market was recently renovated with latest gadgets like 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, tyre pressure monitoring system and engine start/stop push button, all of which are expected to feature in soon-to-launch Hyundai Verna facelift in India, among others and completely refreshed exteriors.
But the 7-speed DCT would not come to India any soon. But the automatic setup in Hyundai Elantra is expected to be carried on to Verna facelift. Only sedans in India in the C-segment with Dual Clutch automatic transmission will remain Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid for some more time.