Hyundai has introduced at the 2012 AIMS the Accent SR concept which previews a more powerful version of the model due next year.

The 2012 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) is opening its doors tomorrow in Sydney, and for this event Hyundai Australia has prepared this Accent SR concept which previews an upcoming sportier version of the company’s hatchback. The production version will look just about the same and will come out next year.

It is powered by the same engine found under the hood of the entry-level Veloster, a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder unit with 138 hp (103 kW) and 123 lb-ft (167 Nm) of torque, which makes it more powerful than the 122 hp (91 kW) and 115 lb-ft (156 Nm) engine of the base Accent. This power unit is connected to a 6-speed manual gearbox, as opposed to the 5-speed transmission of the standard variant.

This sportier version is based on the midrange Accent Elite and rides on 16-inch alloys, while standard equipment includes a rear spoiler, projector headlamps with LED positioning lamps, a dark metallic paint finish, rear parking sensors, climate control and a 5-inch touchscreen display with support for AUX, USB and Bluetooth.

Gallery: Hyundai Accent SR concept debuts at AIMS