For some time there have been rumours about the Hyundai Leonis, a next-generation compact SUV. This sub-4 meter SUV is codenamed, QXI and will make its long-awaited debut in India in April 2019.
While it was first shown as the Carlino concept, the Hyundai Leonis will take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Mahindra S201. The Carlino concept may have been based on the i20 platform but Hyundai Leonis will follow the new Santro’s platform. It will help the Korean automaker achieve their pricing strategy.
September 2018 saw Hyundai Automotive South Africa announce their plans to revive the popular Hyundai Atos in South Africa. Reports suggest that the new version budget hatchback is scheduled to arrive early in 2019. To whet the appetite even further, they have now hinted at local pricing.
If you’re an avid follower of new vehicle trends and futuristic concepts, the new Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup ticks all the boxes. At first glance, it features out-of-the-box styling synonymous with futuristic car concepts which speak volumes of a job well done for the Korean automaker.
According to the exciting news that was unveiled in September of this year, the Hyundai Atos nameplate is poised to be revived in South Africa in the first quarter of 2019. The new iteration of everyone’s favourite Korean budget hatchback made its way onto Indian roads in October wearing the Santro badge and is currently being adapted for the needs of SA motorists.
While we are excited about the launch of the N badge as the start of an exciting racing brand for Hyundai, it seems as though Hyundai is not slowing down with new launches. The new Genesis brand signals the start of more than just the launch of a luxury brand – it signals a new stage of Hyundai’s expansion.
While the Genesis as a vehicle is nothing new – it has been around for a few years already – but Hyundai has recently announced that due to its success they are going to be more in the luxury car market by expanding the Genesis from a single stunning luxury vehicle to a whole range of top of the range.
Remember in Tomorrow Never Dies when James Bond operated his car by remote? Pretty futuristic right? Well, not quite. Hyundai’s latest apps allow you to start, heat and diagnose your vehicle all through your smartphone or Google Glass
The long awaited 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe was unveiled earlier this month at the New York Auto Show. Much to everyone’s surprise Hyundai didn’t introduce just one but two new models, a two-row and three-row version of the Santa Fe.
The 5-seater Santa Fe Sport is expected to offer a choice of two powertrains, a direct injection 2.4L and turbocharged 2.0L derivative. The larger 7-seater Santa Fe sports a longer wheelbase to make room for an extra row of seats and will be driven by a more powerful 3.3L direct injection V6 engine. All three engines will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive will also be an option on all.
While the Santa Fe Sport is expected to be a strong crossover contender, the LWB Santa Fe offers a very spacious cabin that should make it a popular option for expanding families.
Hyundai’s eight-passenger Hexa Space Concept recently made its debut at the New Delhi Auto Show. What sets this MPV apart is its innovative hexagonal seating, designed to optimise the vehicle’s interior space. Each chair fits perfectly into a honeycomb matrix allowing three passengers a side to sit comfortably across from one another. And for increased cargo room, the seats can be folded flat.
On the outside the Hexa Space Concept echoes Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design language with an imposing front grille as well as bold headlight and large LED taillight displays. Under the hood hides a 1.2L turbocharged engine paired with 6-speed auto transmission.
At present, Hyundai has no plans to go into production with this concept vehicle. However, a similar MPV-style creation might be on the cards in the future.
Hyundai’s first-ever plug-in hybrid car is likely to premiere before the end of 2012 while mass production will commence early 2013 according to a report in the German publication, Auto Motor and Sport Magazine.
The revolutionary hybridised i30 hatchback will allow drivers to operate in electric mode only and is expected to compete against Toyota’s hybrid, the Prius. Although no technical information regarding the advanced Hyundai hybrid’s powertrain has been made available yet, it is expected to be considerably more affordable than its market segment rivals.
The highly efficient i30 hybrid will be produced at Hyundai’s European manufacturing plant in Czech Republic and marketed exclusively in Europe at first.