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Hyundai Kona Is Going Tiny With Its New Crossover

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Hyundai just announced that its new mini crossover called the Kona is going to be on sale early next year in the United States. That means that the South Korean automaker is finally ready to make a splash in the car industry’s hottest segments.

And that’s not all. According to a source, the Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover will also usher in a new phase for the brand as it features for the first time the automaker’s new design language. That’s a surprising move for the company, which is suffering from a sales slump in the US and is now pressured to do good in the crossovers segment.

The styling originated from Irvine, California, Hyundai’s design studio.  It features narrow LED daytime running lights mounted high near the hood line. There are also separate headlights that are positioned lower down the fascia. The effect? The Kona, up front, looks like the Nissan Juke or Jeep Cherokee.

The look isn’t something everyone will love or adore, but the Nissan Juke was surprisingly successful in its sales both in Europe and even in the United States. The Cherokee, on the other hand, sold 200,000 units a year in the US in the last three years. These statistics means well for the Kona and any subsequent Hyundai badges.

Hyundai’s new looks for the crossover will be used on the 2018 and 2019 model of the Santa Fe Sport, which spy shots showed a headlight setup and honeycomb grille similar to the Kona. The new crossover language design, however, signals Hyundai’s willingness to finally break away from a decade of having strong design connection among its crossovers. Now, each nameplate will have a distinct design.

The similar look was necessary because Hyundai wasn’t such a known brand 10 years ago. But now that it has differentiated itself from the rest of the Asian automakers, it’s time to give each vehicle in the lineup a fresh look.

4 Pretty Cool Stuff About The 2018 Hyundai Sonata

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The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is unlike the upgrades for the incoming Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in such a way that the upgrades are significant than necessary. Hyundai still plans to battle it out in the crowded midsize family sedan segment, but can they still do it?

The segment is getting significantly smaller because consumers are choosing crossovers more and more. This is a challenge not only for Hyundai, but for Japanese automakers like Toyota and Honda looking to make waves in the midsize sedan segment.

1. Exterior

The most telling change in the new Sonata is the cascading grille up front. The grille is longer and more contoured, and will be part of Hyundai’s new corporate design language. This means consumers will see the same grille across Hyundai’s vehicle lineup. The entire car has a more aggressive appearance, thanks largely to an elongated front end, character lines on the hood and front bumper, and a slimmer pair of LED headlights.

The back end was made simpler by showing off the sheetmetal and the redesigned taillights. For a sportier feel, the turbo models will get twin exhaust pipes.

2. Interior

Inside, the highlights of the new Sonata are the seven-inch touchscreen monitor (eight inches on the Limited edition), the streamlined audio controls, the sporty and leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, and the leather seats, of course.

3. Powertrains

There is an all-new engine, too. An 8-speed, turbocharged 2.0-liter will power the 2018 Sonata to 245 horsepower. Though experts will be disappointed with the lack of increase in the power output division, it’s worth taking a note that even BMW 330i’s 2.0-liter turbo can only produce 248 horses.

4. Release Dates and Prices

The SE, SEL, Limited, and Limited 2.0T models are available now, but the Eco 1.6T is arriving later this summer. Next year, we’ll be treated to the Hybrid and Hybrid Plug-in models. The base price for the all-new Sonata is $22,050 with improvements and other packages upping it to at least $33,460.

Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Shots Surface Online

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After unveiling the new Hyundai Kona, new spy shots surfaced online showing a camouflaged prototype of the upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe. Despite the heavy covering, the form of the spied vehicle seems to bear a striking resemblance with the Kona.

The shape of the Santa Fe’s nose in the images here shows that it will sport an aggressive version of the Hyundai’s cascading grille much like the Kona. The bulges in the headlights, bumpers and front lip all indicate that it is based on its smaller crossover sibling too.

The source also noticed from the frontal shots of the Santa Fe that it is carrying Recaro racing seats. But then again, the seats might only not make it in the production version of the auto.

Going to the rear, the new Santa Fe looks like it is keeping many styling elements found in its predecessor. The roofline and window panels are almost alike. There is probably an update in the taillights of the vehicle though.

The report said that the Santa Fe in the spy shots might carry a 2019 model year since we just saw an update in its current model this year. The earliest possible unveiling of the vehicle might be in the next spring or next fall.

A Look at the Present Hyundai Santa Fe

As a recap, the present refreshed model of the Santa Fe has a starting price of $30,800. The vehicle is offered in eight trims. The auto is offered in SE, Limited, SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate versions. Each of the mentioned models come in two variants—the front wheel drive and the all-wheel drive. The current Santa Fe comes with a V6 engine with 290 hp.

New Hyundai Santa Fe Spy Shots

Check out the spy shots of the upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe model provided by Autoblog in the gallery below:

65 Photos and 3 Quick Facts About The 2017 Hyundai Veloster Value Edition

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If the price tag of the regular Veloster is too much for you, then it’s time to check out this new Hyundai Veloster Value Edition. The South Korean automaker decided to release a value-packed edition for the popular Veloster, allowing the vehicle to become the choice for an everyday car.

Many of the options in the regular Veloster are now standard with the value edition, according to a report. This one has a starting price of $21,350, so you’re looking at a savings of $950 compared if you add all the options individually. The starting price for the regular Veloster without the add-ons is $18,100.

Extras That Are Now Standard

The options for the regular Veloster that are now standard to the value edition package are the six-speed dual-clutch transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, proximity key with push button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a panoramic sunroof, and a premium sound system with eight speakers and a subwoofer.

Powertrain Is Same As Regular Veloster’s

The Value Edition will come packing the same engine fitted in the regular Veloster. That’s a 1.6-liter inline-4 that can produce 132 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque. Those who want the extra power needs to upgrade to the Veloster Turbo, which has a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that produces 201 horsies and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The Veloster Turbo is also fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission instead of the standard six-speed manual.

Next-Generation Veloster Is Being Tested

Hyundai is already testing a next-generation Veloster, which will be redesigned to better compete with its counterparts in the market. The next-gen Veloster will be bigger in dimensions. It may even walk away from the three-door layout of the current Veloster and make it a two-door the way a proper coupe should look like.

The debut of the next-gen Veloster should be sometime in 2018.

2017 Honda Civic vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra

In this battle of the sedans, we’ll pit the Civic against the Elantra, two perfectly capable cars that are fan favorites and perform well on the road. What are the most important elements for a sedan? Fuel efficiency, power, safety features, and price. Let’s have a look.

2017 Honda Civic

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The 2017 Honda Civic has two powertrain options: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that can produce 158 horsepower when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbo that produces 174 horsepower. The manual gearbox on the first engine is only available on the base model LX. That has a fuel economy of 35/41/35 miles per gallon city/highway/combined.

As for safety features, Honda packed the Civic with the Honda Sensing that earned it awards from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2017 Honda Civic has a starting price of $18,640, $21,000, and $26,500 for the base, EX, and Touring trims, respectively.

2017 Hyundai Elantra

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The Hyundai Elantra also has two powertrain options. The base trim comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower. This is paired with a manual gearbox for the base model while the rest of the models get a CVT.

The Elantra got an EPA rating of 29/28/33 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined, respectively, for this. It also boasts of another engine: a 1.4-liter inline-4 that churns out 128 horsepower. It is paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

Like the Civic, it also earned nods from the IIHS and the NHTSA, though its scores fell below those of the 2017 Honda Civic.

The starting price for the Hyundai Elantra is much lower than the Civic’s. You can get the base model for $17,150, which is a tad lower than the base model being offered by the Civic.

What’s Your Pick?

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Who’s the winner? Clearly, the Civic takes the trophy on this battle, especially when it comes to safety features and fuel economy.

4 Things To Know About The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

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This month, Hyundai introduced a value edition for its Elantra line-up. This will allow people on a budget to get the Hyundai Elantra with a slew of important features, but without the skyrocketing price of the other trim levels.

Mike Evanoff, the product planning manager in Hyundai, said the South Korean company wants to give their customers a variety of options. The Value Edition will bridge the gap between valuable amenities and the price tag.

1. Price

First, the price. This new trim level is just $20.250. That’s a total of $1,215 in savings. Considering that the Value Edition added features to ensure comfort, convenience, and safety, the $20,000 price tag is not bad at all.

2. Additional Features

Aside from those that come standard to all trim levels, the Value Edition boasts of these features: blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather shift knob, LED daytime running lamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass, hands-free Smart Trunk release, proximity key with electronic push button start, and sunroof—power glass tilt and slide, safety one-touch.

It also has dual automatic temperature control with clean air ionizer and auto defogger, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, seven-inch Display Audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and power driver’s seat with lumbar adjust.

3. Standard Features

All Elantra trim levels now come with Bluetooth and cruise control while HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light is now standard on the Limited trim. On the SE trim level, the additional standard features are steering-wheel phone and audio controls.

The Elantra is made up of 53-percent high-strength steel and 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine. This gives every trim level a solid foundation, plus the comfort, convenience, and safety features standard to every model. Drivers will be glad to know that Hyundai also offers complimentary services for the Elantra, including Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report, and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.

4. Photos

Check out some photos of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition below:

3 Things To Consider About The 2017 Hyundai Accent Value Edition

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Korean automaker Hyundai may be focusing on its Genesis brand for the upper echelon of the automobile market, but that doesn’t mean it has completely forgotten about its budget sedans, namely the Accent.

Recently, the automaker revealed that its subcompact Hyundai Accent sedan is now fully loaded for just the low price of $17,285. Called the 2017 Hyundai Accent Value Edition, this subcompact sedan is the perfect characterization of the brand’s budget roots.

Here are its key features based on a report:

1. It’s a little more than Accent’s base model.

The 2017 Hyundai Accent Value Edition is only $705 more than the base mode, the 2017 Hyundai Accent SE sedan. That one comes with a six-speed automatic transmission while the Value Edition doesn’t offer a manual. This small amount adds a number of features such as 16-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, rear disc brakes, and an armrest storage box. For an $18,000 car, these features are perfectly acceptable. It still doesn’t come with a backup camera, but that’s also not available on any Accent sedan, regardless of trim level.

2. It’s not the only budget option on the Accent lineup.

If you don’t need the extra features that the Value Edition is offering, you can opt for the $15,580 Accent SE with a six-speed manual transmission. If you want the hatchback version, which is honestly way more aesthetically pleasing than the sedan, that’s an additional $250. The Accent hatchback also offers a Sport trim level, which has dropped its manual transmission option and now is only available with a six-speed automatic for $18,330.

3. It hints of a redesigned model for next year.

Traditionally, Hyundai offers their Value Edition deals when a variant is nearing the end of its life. Although it’s quite exciting to know that it’s easier to afford an Accent with this new trim level, this isn’t the news we’re waiting about the Accent. This hints, however, of a redesigned model for next year or for 2018.

Hyundai i30 Wagon vs Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

Hyundai i30 Wagon

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The third generation of Hyundai’s resident hatchback is here, and boy, do we love its elegant and sporty interior coupled with the classic space wagon design on the outside. The Hyundai i30, as it is called in the rest of the world (it’s referred to as the Elantra GT in the US), is a four-door hatchback with an angular look on the outside and a cleaner and modern layout on the inside.

Wagons used to be a big thing in the US, but their appeal has already faded. That’s not to say the i30 Wagon won’t have any competition. This aggressive and funky exterior will be challenged by the likes of Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and the BMW 3 Series Wagon.

Inside, you’ll find a slew of tech features such as a rearview camera, phone connectivity via Bluetooth, USB, Android Auto or Apple Car Play. Under the hood, the i3 will be equipped with the new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can produce 138 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.

It is expected that the i30 will have a starting price of $23,000, which is cheaper than the 3 Series Wagon and the Volvo V60, but a little more expensive than the Sportwagen.

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

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Unlike the i30 Wagon, the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen will only receive its update for the 2018 model year. It was last upgraded in 2014, which means there is at least a three-year gap in terms of these two cars’ designs. In terms of styling, the Sportwagen definitely has a quieter appeal than the i30.

But if you are more concerned with the interior and the power, then you have to give this Sportwagen a second glance. The interior is equipped with a three-spoke steering wheel, Alcatara-wrapped center section, a center console with a large touchscreen, and HVAC controls,. Other features include the 12-way power driver’s seat, a panoramic moonroof, and Climatronic auto climate control.

Under the hood, the Sportwagen will receive power from the 1.8-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that coughs up 170 horsepower. There are two transmissions available: a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

The base price for the Golf Sportwagen is $21,395.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Has Enhanced Multimedia Functions

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Hyundai Sonata receives a number of audio and multimedia enhancements for the model year 2017. Though there are a few upgrades too in terms of transmission and powertrain, the real changes come in the form of a larger seven-inch, high-resolution color touchscreen display audio, standard HD radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the next-generation Blue Link Connected Car system based on a source.

In the heart of the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is the 2.0-liter Nu GDI four-cylinder engine partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission that has a 38 kW electric motor and clutch. It also boasts of being fuel efficient, thanks to the Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED) that can deliver responsive and engaging driving characteristics.

To improve efficiency, the innovative transmission uses an electric oil lamp, making it possible for the Sonata Hybrid to solely operate on electric power at speeds up to 75mph by decoupling the gasoline engine from the rest of the drivetrain.

The Sonata Hybrid Nu’s engine can produce 154 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor can come up with 38 kW (51 horsepower) and 151 lb-ft torque. The hybrid system, on the other hand, has a net power of 193 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.

The Sonata Hybrid SE has ratings of 39 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway and a combined EPA-estimated rating of 42 mpg. The total estimated range of the Sonata Hybrid is more than 650 miles under typical driving conditions.

The Sonata Hybrid is being offered in an all-new color palette that is going to be available by mid-year. The colors now are Hyper White, Nocturne Black, Metropolis Gray, Ion Silver, Cosmopolitan Red, Astral Blue and Skyline Blue. The interior colors are gray and beige in cloth or leather seating configurations and an additional Blue Pearl option for leather seats.

Pricing is as follows: Sonata Hybrid ($26,000), Sonata Hybrid Limited ($30,100), and Sonata Hybrid Limited with Blue Pearl Interior ($30,100).

Hyundai Genesis Gets Linked with Amazon’s Alexa

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Hyundai announced that its Genesis luxury sub-brand is offering an integration with Amazon’s Alexa. The “skill” provided by the service enables the driver to issue certain commands to the car.

Alexa, the voice service of Amazon, lets users access certain capabilities or skills. The said elements allow them to interact with devices like the Amazon Echo, Fire TV, Tap, and Echo Dot. The system is integrated in the Hyundai Genesis Connected Services suite. The technology is available in the Genesis G80 and G90 sedan. The good news is that purchasing the new G90 comes with a gift card for the Amazon Echo.

The owner can simply issue commands directed to his car using the abovementioned compatible Amazon devices for the Alexa. As an alternative when the user is not near an Amazon device, he can still access the feature using a dedicated web portal or using his smartphone app.

When near Amazon devices, dedicated apps or web portal, the user can start the service by saying, “Alexa open Genesis.” Then this can be followed by commands such as “Alexa, tell Genesis to lock my car,” or “Alexa, tell Genesis to start my car at 70 degrees,” and others. The commands will be forwarded to the Genesis G80 or G90. From the car, the user can also control the Amazon devices he has at home.

The partnership of Hyundai and Amazon started yesterday (August 19, 2016). To use the service, the owner should enable the Genesis “skill” using the Alexa app. The app will run the owner through the whole activation, tutorial and customization process.

It was revealed through a report that the Alexa app in the Hyundai Genesis G80 and G90 functions by starting the car, controlling its air conditioning and heating system, operating the locking functions of the doors, and turning on the lights of the auto.

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