Much has changed since 2001 when the first Hyundai Santa Fe appeared on the scene but not in terms of popularity. Like a fine wine, the Hyundai Santa Fe has aged incredibly well over the years and not only in looks, but also style and performance.
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.
The smallest Hyundai ever produced will be launched in India next month according to a report in The Economic Times. The entry-level new Hyundai Eon will be squarely aimed at first-time buyers and expected to offer strong competition in its entry-level market segment.
Hyundai’s research and development headquarters in Korea and India spent four years developing the Eon, incorporating Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy and setting it apart with a more upscale appearance.
Besides a spacious cabin and large boot, the Eon is likely to set a new budget-car benchmark with features like front and side airbags, keyless entry, central locking, electric windows and fog lamps. But it’s expected that the 0.8L Eon’s class-leading fuel efficiency will be the key selling point that will make this little city car a contender not to be underestimated.
The Hyundai Veloster is the car that the Korean manufacturer has developed in order to compete within the smaller sport car segment. What makes this car innately unique is that it has three, yes 3 passenger doors. On the one side it looks like a normal four-door car, but on the drivers side it resembles a two-door coupe. Neat.
It also comes with a pretty nifty voice activated navigation system and has plenty of interior space – for a small car. The design of the dials, button and dash are modern and solid and lend a really good feel to the car.
The 1.6 litre engine doesn’t have an immense amount of power, delivering a total of 138 bhp, however one has to consider that this car is very light and therefore pulls rather nicely.
We’re still not sure exactly when to expect the sexy new Veloster on South African shores, but we believe it is likely to happen in the 4th quarter and according to reports the pricing is going to be spot on. Keep checking into the blog regularly to for more news regarding this great NEW Hyundai Model.
The new 2012 Hyundai i30 model is only set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, but we have managed to get our hands on an official rendering of this amazing car just days before the launch.
The image shows that the new i30 is following the current design trend at Hyundai and has incorporated the “fluidic sculpture style” first seen at the launch of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra just last month.
No technical specs are available just yet, but this next generation automobile was developed and designed at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Russelheim, Germany. This means that the specs should be very comparable to most European cars in the C-segment of the market that is currently made up of the Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra and the Ford Focus.