Hyundai Canada has announced the hatchback version of its next-generation Accent subcompact will come to Canada, but not the United States.

Both countries will get the sedan body style that made its global debut earlier this year at the Toronto auto show, and that was shown last week at the Orange County auto show in Southern California.

It’s not a surprising move given that Canadian car shoppers have a bigger appetite for small cars than Americans, and that hatchbacks tend to be more popular here as well. Hyundai Motor America is expected to direct buyers to its new Kona small crossover as a replacement for the Accent hatch; the Kona will be sold here, too.

The new Accent makes big promises with styling that takes cues from the Elantra and Sonata and encloses a more spacious interior. In particular, the hatchback will be 50 mm longer to create a larger cargo area than the current car offers.

Hyundai will continue to use a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine in the Accent to lend the little car 130 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will continue to be available.

While the Accent sedan will arrive here late this year, Hyundai Canada’s Chad Heard told Automotive News the process of developing a vehicle specifically for one country means the hatchback won’t go on sale until sometime in the first half of 2018.

(via Automotive News)