New hatch has aspects of cute athleticism

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

It's been just over a year since the launch of the new Kia Accent sedan.

Now the Korean manufacturer has released a hatch for those who are young at heart.

Though some aspects of the hatch's exterior styling bear similarities to those of the sedan, the overall look is sleek and upscale. The crafted nose underlines the potential for fast-paced efficiency, the defined haunches at the rear adding elements of cute athleticism.

Twin slivers of glass in the form of recessed fog lamps have been sculptured low down in the front bumper.

The Hatch is fitted with imposing 16-inch alloy rims and racy, 205/45 low-profile tyres, the rubber filling the wheel arches to heighten impressions of sporty agility.

The new Accent hatch comes equipped with an MP3 compatible audio system with CD and air-conditioner.

Like the sedan, the hatch is fitted with a four-cylinder, 1,6litre DOHC engine.

It produces 82kW at 6000rpm, torque peaking at 145Nm at 4500rpm.

The front discs are ventilated for better cooling and are linked to a four-wheel, four-channel, four-sensor ABS system.

The hatch is priced at R141 900.