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The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel Won’t Be Coming To The US After All

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Those who are waiting for the arrival of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Diesel will be sorely disappointed with this new development: Hyundai said its first model to feature a diesel engine won’t be coming to US soil, after all. Worse, the three-row Santa Fe, which will be made exclusively with a diesel engine, is not going to be part of Hyundai’s lineup for America.

Initially, Hyundai planned to offer the Santa Fe with a 2.2-liter diesel engine as an option for the 2020 model year. But things have changed and the South Korean company is no longer keen to continue down this path. Brandon Ramirez, Hyundai’s spokesman, told Green Car Report, as quoted by Top Speed, that studies found out the consumers’ reluctance to have a turbo diesel engine in a crossover.

But that’s not all. The low gasoline prices and the shift toward electrification, especially in the United States, also contributed to Hyundai’s decision to back down from its initial plan. Many car companies, after all, have started offering electric cars instead of gasoline and diesel options.

Hyundai won’t be letting the crossover segment in the US get away from them, of course. If you have your eyes on a seven-seater crossover SUV, you can get the 2020 Hyundai Palisade instead. It makes sense for Hyundai to move to this direction as it has already planned to replace the Santa Fe XL with the Palisade in 2020.

Since the diesel option has been officially scrapped from the South Korean firm’s future plans, we can see Hyundai working to fit the Santa Fe with a plug-in hybrid unit in the near future. This has been the trend for many automakers today with only GMC Chevrolet, Land Rover, and Jeep offering diesel options for their models.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Crossover Revealed At The LA Auto Show

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The 2020 Hyundai Palisade crossover made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s a big three-row crossover that’s perfect for family road trips and outings. Following closely the style and the size of the Santa Fe XL, the Palisade crossover will comfortably seat eight persons—with two cupholders per person.

The Palisade Has Options For All-Wheel Drive

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The Palisade uses a V-6 engine just like the XL though it’s going to be a 3.8-liter mill this time much like the Genesis. The engine pairs well with the Palisade’s option for front- or four-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t that much far from the Santa Fe’s 3.3-liter V-6 that makes 290 horsepower.

The Palisade Has More Interior Space

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Replacing the XL is Palisade’s three-inch longer bumper-to-bumper and four inches additional space between the wheels, both of which adds more interior space that can seat eight people comfortably. Second-row passengers, in particular, will enjoy the cavernous space as the Palisade boasts of 40 inches of rear-seat legroom. This is more than what the Chevy Traverse, Honda Pilot, and Subaru Ascent are offering. The third-row passengers will get 31.4 inches of legroom, which is average for its class.

That interior space carries over to the cargo space as the Palisade effectively boasts of 18 cubic feet of cargo room, nearly 46 cubic feet when the third row is folded flat.

The Palisade Has More Options For Comfort

Families will love the option to get second-row captain’s chairs that can be optionally cooled. For the top trims, Hyundai will offer its 10.3-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. There will also be a powerful folding third-row on most models. Standard to all Palisades will be the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto.

Hyundai hasn’t revealed pricing details for the Palisades but we expect it to cost more than the Santa Fe XL, which has an entry price of $31,895.

2019 Hyundai Veloster N Gets $27,785 Starting Price

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The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N is ready to take on the best hatches in its segment. Though it only has three doors, it looks to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen GTI and the Subaru WRX. With just a starting price of $27,785 for the base model, Hyundai has absolutely won the pricing segment.

The base version gets a 250-horsepower output compared to the VW GTI’s 220 horses produced from under the hood. That power for the Veloster is credited to a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a suspension developed by the former head of BMW’s M division. For a base price of $27,785, including destination fee, that’s a pretty good deal. That’s only a few hundred dollars higher than the VW GTI but the Veloster wins when it comes to the power output.

You have the option to add the Performance Package and you’ll have a better performance output. With just an additional $2,100, you’ll get 275 horsepower, a limited-slip differential, modular exhaust system, bigger brakes, 19-inch wheels, and sticky Pirelli P Zero tires. The Performance Package brings the total price of the Veloster N to $29,885.

With Ford’s decision to cancel its Focus ST, the Veloster N remains to be the only car in the market that can compete with the Subaru WRX. Of course, Hyundai’s offering does not come with an all-wheel-drive option, so that will make buyers think of the Veloster N as a budget-priced Honda Civic Type R instead.

Price-wise, the Veloster N would be a good choice compared to the Civic Type R’s base price of $36,595 after an increase of $1,000 on the base price recently.

The Veloster and the Veloster Turbo are currently available. As for the Veloster N, you’ll have to wait until December for it to arrive in dealerships nationwide.

 

2019 Hyundai Elantra Selling For $17,985

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Korean automaker Hyundai just released its pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Elantra, which made its global debut in Utah last month. The new car’s base model, the SE trim, will have a starting price tag of $17,985, a mere $150 more than last year’s model.

The Elantra SEL trim, which sits above the base model, now includes a suite of SmartSense safety and convenience technologies. This will come standard from the SEL trim and up. The tech suite includes forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keep assist, and driver attention warning.

But that additional tech means a small surge on the prices, too, though still not much to get your eyes out of your socket. The 2019 SEL trim will start at $20,285, up $550 from last year. The livelier Sport model will set you back $23,285 for a six-speed manual version or $24,385 for one with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The prices show an increase of around $600 across the range. The Value trim level returns again for the 2019 model year. This time, it will sell for $21,285 or $550 more than the current generation’s price. The Eco trim’s base price is now $21,835 and the top-of-the-line Limited gets a $23,485 price tag, up by $500 from last year.

The increase in prices is due to the fact that the 2019 Elantra compact sedan is getting some cool new features such as a new hood, front fenders, and a new set of headlights that emphasize a redesigned grille. At the back, there’s a new rear fascia and taillights that is angled towards the new trunk lid.

A refined exterior and interior space are the focus of the 2019 edition of the compact sedan. Hyundai particularly wants the Elantra to maintain its design character but have a set of new desirable features that come with an affordable price tag.

Since it was launched in 1991, Hyundai has sold more than three million Elantras. The sedan, now on its sixth generation, is available in six trim levels—SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, Eco, and Sport.

Depending on the trim level, there will be three engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower, a 1.4-liter turbo-four with 128 horsepower, and a 1.6-liter turbo with an estimated 201 horsepower.

All models below the Sport trim will get a six-speed automatic transmission, except for the Eco trim which will be paired with a seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch. If you want the feel of a manual transmission, you can opt for the Sport model or the six-speed manual option available for the SE trim.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Gets New Angular Face

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The 2019 Hyundai Elantra is getting a radical facelift that gives the compact sedan a more angular look than before. Gone is the rounded front fascia of the current model and in its place is a fascia with lots of sharp corners. Even the headlights and the fog lights change to triangle-shaped units and the grille is also sharper.

The headlights intersect with the grille so this makes for an interesting new design. The base of the headlights match up with the top-most slat in the grille and the lights intersect with some of the grille’s top corners. The two new creases on the hood are also leveled up with the vertical slats in the grille.

The car’s rear is also updated. The taillights, like the headlights, have sharpened corners. The housing of the license plate is moved to the bumper from the trunk lid. The large Elantra lettering stretches across the lid of the bumper. This design is similar to the Sonata midsize sedan.

The changes are attractive but the angular lines don’t specifically fit the sides. Meanwhile, the overall silhouette of the car retains the soft and organic lines of the current model.

The safety features of the car are improved. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets a camera-based forward collision prevention, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention alert as standard equipment on the second-lowest SEL trim and above.

On the other hand, all trim levels come with a five-inch touchscreen as standard along with a rear-view camera and dynamic guidelines on the screen.

The base SE model is paired with a manual transmission but equipped with Bluetooth and steering wheel controls. The Limited trim, the top end of the model, has an additional eight-speaker sound system with subwoofer, Qi wireless phone charging, and Safe Exit Assist, which warns drivers of approaching cars when the door is open.

Under the hood, we find the same naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower. There’s also the 1.4-liter engine that makes 128 horsepower. The Elantra Sport churns out 201 horsepower, but Hyundai said they will have a restyled version later this year.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Spy Shots Show New Grille, Design Language

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A prototype for the updated version of the Hyundai Ioniq has been spotted testing its hot weather capabilities in California’s Death Valley. This confirms reports that Hyundai is updating its Ioniq family of hybrid and electric cars.

The Ioniq was first introduced in 2017 so this updated version should come to us next year as a 2020 model bearing a slew of midcycle facelifts for Toyota Prius’ competitor.

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Based on the spy photos, the Ioniq will receive some major updates for the exterior. The car was heavily camouflaged but not thoroughly enough that we’re able to make out the car’s new mesh pattern for the grille (instead of the current horizontal slats on the current model). The internals of the lights is also new.

The prototype the spy photographers took was either the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid or the Ioniq Hybrid, though most of the changes should be applied across the range.

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We expect that the car’s design will be tweaked to feature elements found on Hyundai’s Le Fil Rouge concept, which was unveiled at this year’s Geneva auto show in March. The concept was focused on Hyundai’s new “sensuous sportiness” design language. The elements of this concept are scheduled to first appear in a production model through the redesigned Sonata next year.

Hyundai hasn’t been clear about changes to its drivetrains, but there should be major updates considering the developments we’ve had in the electrification technology. The Ioniq Hybrid and the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid are closely related since they both feature a 1.6-liter inline-4 as their internal combustion. They also share a single electric motor paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. That combination can make 139 horsepower and the plug-in hybrid can go 29 miles on electric power alone.

On the other hand, the Ioniq Electric can power up to 120 horsepower from a single electric motor. That alone can cover 124 miles on a single charge of its 28-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.

 

3 Things We Know So Far About The 2020 Hyundai Sonata

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A prototype for the new mid-size 2020 Hyundai Sonata has been spotted while being tested at the Nurburgring track in Germany. It looks like it’s wearing its final skin, though the absence of production taillights and side skirts is noticeable.

1. Based On The Le Fil Rouge Concept Car

At the Geneva auto show last March, the South Korean automaker introduced the Le Fil Rouge Concept Car. The new Hyundai Sonata will borrow key elements and styling from the concept car, including the fastback roof leading to a large duck-tail spoiler. The concept will also be the basis for the sculpting on some of the panels, as well as the short overhangs and multi-slatted grille. Though these elements are in a toned-down form on the new Sonata, they are nonetheless reminiscent of the concept car in March.

2. It Might Carry The Same Powertrain Options

Hyundai hasn’t been very vocal about the mechanical setup of the new Sonata. The current generation offers a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, a 2.4-liter inline-4, and a plug-in hybrid option. There should be more options available for the new model year and the 1.6-liter turbo engine might be dropped from the lineup. The cars should be set up with a front-wheel-drive system.

3. Coming In The Fall Of 2019

The all-new Sonata will be available in dealerships in the fall of 2019 as a 2020 model. That means that the debut should be sometimes in the early months of 2019. Watch out for the i45 name in other markets because that might be the name the Sonata will be using.

The Sonata is in direct competition with the likes of the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry. All of these cars have been updated and redesigned in recent years. Competition in this segment is tougher than ever, of course, seeing as most people now prefer crossover SUVs over mid-size sedans.

Check out the new spy shots of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata in the gallery below:

Hyundai Readies Release of i30 Fastback N

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Hyundai has been teasing us with the launch of its newest i30 Fastback N for quite some time now. Whether it is the South Korean automaker that’s truly excited about it, we do not know. What we do know is that the model is finally in its final stages of development, and it will soon join the i30 N and the Veloster N when it debuts later this year.

Hyundai took the Fastback testing around different terrains and road surfaces in Europe. Of course, the prime location to test any vehicle is on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, where the company has its own technical center. There, the model is currently undergoing rigid testing and evaluations for performance and durability before it is announced and launched to the public.

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The prototype showed that the fastback will have a sloped roofline, a bold rear lip, strong character lines, and the automaker’s signature Cascading grille. Under the hood, it should have the same engine as the i30 N hatch. This means the Fastback would be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 246 horsepower. A Performance package, which we are not sure yet will be offered, can take that output to 271 horses.

The problem is that if you’re living in the United States, you probably won’t see the i30 Fastback N. That makes sense considering Hyundai never brought the i30 N here.

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Maybe a petition is in order? Don’t fret. The standard i30 hatch is very similar and probably closely related to the Elantra GT, which we have here. The Fastback body style might be introduced to the US audience through the Elantra lineup. That will happen, of course, if Hyundai North America sees the demand for it.

If it’s any consolation, we are getting the Veloster N, which received positive reviews during its first run.

 

3 Things We Learned From Seeing The Spy Shots Of 2019 Hyundai i40

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Spy shots of the Hyundai i40 were taken and we’ve got the lowdown on what we can expect from the South Korean automaker’s midsized, Europe-facing sedan.

Exterior

When we said there were spy shots, it means that Hyundai did a very thorough job at covering the new i40. The images from TopSpeed show the car wrapped in heavy camouflage, so there’s no way to tell the tiny little details that make the reveals of car exciting. We can see the body style, of course, and we know it’s going to be a sedan with some fastback hints to it. A part of the front grille was revealed, too, featuring thin horizontal bars, though we’re pretty sure these are just placeholders for now.

The headlights gave us a little peek, but it doesn’t look like it’s similar to past models. This could be a completely new set of lights as it doesn’t even resemble the pair we saw on the i40 wagon spotted testing last month.

Interior

We could not see the i40’s interior, but we believe that there won’t be any dramatic changes from the cabin we saw in the i30. We know they came from completely different segments, but there are enough similarities to justify their cabins looking the same.

If there will be a change, it’s going to be the layout since the vertical layout from the latest model is outdated. The i40 should have the same horizontal layout as the i30 with the center console touchscreen located high on the dashboard. The infotainment controls should surround the screen, making it look sleeker and slimmer.

Seating configuration would probably be the same, though we hope that Hyundai fits the i40 with new seats—preferably, something more premium and comfortable than the old one.

Drivetrain

The new i40 won’t be a next-generation model, so it will have the same lineup of engines. It should have quite a number of different engine options. Currently, it offers a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine that produces 133 horsepower, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes either 164 horsepower or 150 horsepower, and a high-spec 2.0-liter gas engine that can churn out 176 horsepower or 162 horsepower.

For the diesel, the i40 should have the same 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine with three different power outputs: 113 horsepower, 137 horsepower, and 139 horsepower.

Is The Grandmaster Hyundai’s New Three-Row Crossover?

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Hyundai is finally ready to make its mark in the crossover segment. It is now filling its lineup with the new Kona, as well as updated versions of the Tucson and the Santa Fe. But aside from these models, Hyundai also introduced a possible new three-row crossover at the Busan Auto Show.

Dubbed as the “HDC-2 Grandmaster”, the concept might be a preview to Hyundai’s plan of designing a new three-row crossover. The model should slot right above the Santa Fe and will have seats available for a total for eight passengers.

The design cues of the Grandmaster are based on the Santa Fe, which was previously called the Santa Fe Sport. But don’t think that this new model would be very similar to the smaller Santa Fe. The Grandmaster will have newly designed wheels, taillights, and side windows never before seen in another Hyundai model.

The name of this new model, if the Grandmaster name will stick, is quite cool and it comes the game of chess, wherein the winner is called the grandmaster. In a statement, the South Korean automaker said that the name is indicative of the company’s plan to create a uniform vehicle line-up that would demonstrate the Hyundai look without necessarily being too similar with each other. Each model, though following a specific design cue, should still have a distinctive character and role.

From what we understand, Hyundai is planning to overhaul the design direction of the company’s fleet. The new design will affect more than just one Hyundai model. Along with the Le Fil Rouge concept car, the new Grandmaster will feature the “Sensuous Sportiness” that Hyundai wants to highlight as its new design theme. This will apply on the automaker’s future sedans and SUVs.

The Grandmaster should be available in the market by 2019.

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