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Hyundai To Release 2020 Genesis GV80 This Year

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The arrival of the Genesis GV80 this year will signal Hyundai’s first foray into the luxury SUV brand. It’s already been tested in public roads, but we got the new spy shots to further whet your appetite. The GV80 will be based on the brand’s G80 sedan, sharing much of its underpinnings, as well as that of other Genesis products.

It’s interesting to see Genesis jumping into the full-sized SUV bandwagon based on the spy shots of TopSpeed. The GV80 will specifically go against the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.

Exterior

The GV80 will not be far off from the concept introduced in 2017, but the more extreme features will not be part of the production vehicle. The production model will keep the lower LED stripes with the upper units sporting the conventional headlamps as seen on the sedans. The shape and size of the grille will be similar to the concept, but the big slab of chrome we’ve seen on the concept won’t make it to the production line.

There will be two different front grilles for the GV80: a standard-spec SUV with thin, horizontal slats, and a Sport model with a honeycomb mesh.

At the back, there will be larger taillights compared to the slender ones seen on the concept. The bumper will also have a conventional design while the rear windows will most likely be redesigned.

Overall, although the production GV80 will not be as aggressive in style like the concept, it has that luxury feel needed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the BMW X7.

Powertrain

The GV80 will most likely use Genesis’ existing powertrains. That means to expect V-6 and V-8 units. For reference, the larger G80 sedan sports a 3.8-liter V-6 that utilizes a three-stage variable intake system, triangular fuel injector pattern, air-gap exhaust manifold, and a two-stage oil pump. It generates 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Then, there’s the 5.0-liter Tau V-8 that makes 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Both of the engines will be mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will most probably be standard on the base model, but an AWD should be an option too.

New Hyundai Kona Hybrid Priced At £22,495 In The UK

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The Hyundai Kona Hybrid crossover will be priced at £22,495 in the UK. It will be on sale this September this year.

The hybrid crossover is mating the brand’s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder GDi petrol engine with an electric motor. It’s rated at 66mpg with an emissions rating of 99g/km of CO2.

This petrol-hybrid powertrain has a combined output of 139 horsepower and 265Nm of torque. It sends power through a front-wheel-drive system through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 11.2 seconds and it has a top speed of 99 mph.

All Kona Hybrid models come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, and a 10.25-inch infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That starts with the SE models.

The more premium models, which are priced at £24,295, have wireless smartphone charging, automatic windscreen wipers, and front fog lamps, a larger 10.25-inch touch screen, and 18-inch wheels.

Meanwhile, Premium SE models will also feature LED headlamps, LED rear lamps, heated and ventilated front seats and a head-up display. These models sell for £27,195.

Also standard to the Kona Hybrid is the SmartSense technology that includes front collision warning, lane-keeping assist, a driver fatigue warning, high beam assist, and avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection ability. There’s an optional safety kit that has a blind-spot collision warning and rear cross-traffic collision warning.

Other options include Intelligent Speed Limit Warning and Lane Following Assist systems. The speed-limit warning uses the car’s front camera to monitor the changes in speed and notify the driver while the lane-following assist keeps the car in the center of the lane when it’s on automatic cruise control.

There are seven paint options available such as the Blue Lagoon launch color. Inside, the Kona Hybrid has gloss black accents on the door handles and the steering wheel. There are white accents on the air vents and gear level, as well as a gray headlining.

Most Affordable 2020 Hyundai Accent Is Worth $15,195

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The 2020 Hyundai Accent is going to have less power output, but more fuel-efficient. It will also have a higher price tag (about $200 more than the previous model). Whether you love the direction that Hyundai went with the Accent or not, you can’t fault the South Korean automaker for wanting to create ripples and waves for their highly successful model.

Not everyone agrees with Hyundai’s decision to bring down the power output of the cheapest car in Hyundai’s lineup to 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. However, there is a reason behind this madness. The previous car made 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Truth be said, the downgrade to 120 horsepower isn’t that much of an issue. It also can’t deliver the better gas mileage that Hyundai is marketing for the Accent.

With the CVT, the 2020 Accent’s gas mileage is up to 33 city, 41 highway, and 36 combined. In the 2019 model, those numbers are paltry— 28 city, 38 highway, and 32 combined. Paired with the six-speed manual transmission, the 2020 Accent’s combined mileage goes up to two miles per gallon. The combined fuel economy is up to 34 mpg in the new model.

The 2020 Hyundai Accent is also coming with a new Smartstream 1.6-liter gas engine with dual-port injection. This engine is paired with a CVT (Hyundai calls it the IVT for Intelligent Variable Transmission) instead of a six-speed automatic in the 2019 model.

The entry-level SE trim with the manual gearbox is priced at $15,195 before a $930 destination charge. That’s a total of $16,125, $200 more than the 2019 Accent. The Accent SE with the CVT costs $17,225 while the two top trims (both with CVT) cost $18,275 for the SEL and $20,230 for the Limited. The last one is $220 more expensive than its predecessor.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric Gets Update To Improve Power And Range

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Information from Hyundai Europe is indicating that the Hyundai Ioniq Electric will get a bigger battery pack and more range. As of now, this update was only confirmed by the South Korean company’s European arm and we still don’t know if the same update will be carried to the US.

Autoblog said it already asked Hyundai for confirmation that the update will follow through in the US market, but the South Korean automaker hasn’t given any information on that yet. Does it make sense for only the European version to get this update? No, right? So, we’ll assume that the same specs will be inputted in the US’ Ioniq Electric.

As of now, the electric vehicle has a 28 kWh battery pack that has 124 miles of range according to the EPA. With this update, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric’s range is expected to jump near the 183-mile–range on the WLTP cycle, thanks to its new and improved 38.3 kWh battery pack. We still have to wait for official EPA ratings for the new pack.

It remains to be seen, though, if the new battery pack will simply be larger or if it will be more efficient, too. Hyundai has yet to release the car’s specs for its US audience.

The car’s electric motor also gets a power boost. The current Hyundai Ioniq Electric only produces 118 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque, but the new one is expected to increase that output to 134 horsepower and the same torque rating. Also, the Ioniq’s onboard charger gets an upgrade, which means faster charging time for you folks out there.

The 6.6-kW unit has been bumped to a 7.2-kW unit, which will allow the car to go from zero charge to about 80% in 54 minutes when plugged into a 100-kW fast charger.

This new version of the Ioniq Electric will also get a few design changes, the most obvious one being a new shield grille.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Kia Niro EV, and the Soul EV. All of these cars pack a larger 64-kWh battery pack that has ranges from 239 to 258 miles. Hyundai’s best bet to be competitive in this market is to put the Ioniq within a more reasonable budget range.

3 Things That Separate The New 2020 Hyundai Sonata From Its Competitors

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Even though we were all a bit disappointed with the New York Auto Show (because it had to share the limelight with the Shanghai Auto Show), something good came out of it—the all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata.

The Sonata is big both in design language and in technology. We can’t think of anything that’s wrong with this car so if you’re looking for a luxury sedan, this one’s for you.

1. Exterior

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The Sonata is the most aggressive model we have seen that the South Korean automaker engineered. It looks bolder and more beautiful than all its previous generations, and that’s largely because it was inspired by the Le Fil Rouge four-door concept shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The most impressive of the new design is the lighting architecture. The headlamps have chrome strips wrapped around them. At least, that’s how the strips look like when the engine is turned off. Once the car is fired, the chrome strips will turn into Daytime Running Lights. Yes, there are hidden bulbs under those strips.

2. Interior

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When you go inside the Sonata, you know you’re paying for the ultimate luxury and comfort. The ambient mood lighting on the dashboard and the doors give a warm glow to the cabin and the “Beautiful Smart” theme feels perfect all of a sudden. Other eye-catching features are the slim HVAC vents, the 10.25-inch touchscreen display, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and the 12-speaker Bose sound system.

The front seats are comfortable but when you move to the rear seats, because of the coupe-like roofline that slants sharply in the back, the rear headroom is cut a bit short. This might make it uncomfortable for taller passengers.

3. Drivetrain

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If there’s one concern we have about the Sonata, it’s the engine under the hood. The Sonata’s exterior and interior have been embraced and welcomed but the engine is quite underwhelming with its 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 191 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 181 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

There’s another engine and it’s equally bland: a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline machine that generates 180 horses at 5,500 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm.

3 Things We’re Expecting From The 2020 Hyundai Venue

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Hyundai is set to unveil its newest entry-level SUV at the 2019 New York Auto Show next week. Called the Hyundai Venue, this crossover will slot below the Kona and will compete against the Kia Soul and the Nissan Kicks.

Hyundai released some sketches and teasers before the big reveal. The South Korean company described the Venue as a “great fit” for people with busy lifestyles as it combined “playful and practical features.”

Here are the things we found out about the Hyundai Venue based on its sketches:

Exterior

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If you can remember the Carlino concept, that’s how the Venue’s rear end looks like. It has a boxy rear end with small taillights and a simple bumper rear. Though there were no spy shots of the profile, we can expect a boxy figure for the Venue based on the design of its rear end. This separates it from the coupe-like Kona.

The front end shares some styling directions with other Hyundai SUVs. It has split-headlamps like the Kona and the larger Palisade with big lights at the corners of the bumper and slimmer lights on the upper section of the grille.

Interior

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The cabin looks clean, simple, and elegant. Many of the elements—lower center stack layout, the A/C vents, and the steering wheel—were taken from the Kona. The upper section of the dashboard looks to be a new design specifically for the Venue. The small infotainment display, however, is smacked in the middle of the A/C vents, which some pundits might not particularly like.

Drivetrain

The Venue is using the same underpinnings as the Kona. This makes it safe to assume that it’ll have the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can make 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Also part of the lineup would be the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder—the same engines used by the Kia Soul.

Hyundai Readies EV Concept For New York Auto Show

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Hyundai is gearing up to introduce some new electric vehicle (EV) concepts at the upcoming 2019 New York Auto Show. During the Hyundai Sonata press launch in South Korea, design head Luc Donckerwolke told Roadshow that there will be an “electric show car for [the] Genesis.”

For the entire Hyundai-Kia brand, this year’s auto show in New York will be all about the Genesis and EV concepts according to Autoblog. If you can remember, we’ve already seen the GV80 SUV concept and its hydrogen fuel cell powertrain in 2017, as well as the electric Essentia coupe concept last year. What’s left is the production version of the US-market-bound Genesis G90 and its mongo grille.

Also to make its debuts are the new Sonata and Venue crossover. A still unnamed Kia show car is expected to make its entrance, too. The show car will be the version of the SP Signature concept and can potentially be called the Tusker in the US market.

The Hyundai-Kia Group isn’t making EV concepts for car shows alone. According to Auto Express, the group is working on a new electric car platform that will serve their lineup of cars. This was inspired by Volkswagen’s role in the MEB architecture primarily being used today by the German group’s brands. Right now, the only EVs available from the South Korean brand are the Hyundai Kona and Ioniq and the Kia e-Niro and Soul.

Though they still use the ICE platforms, both the Kona and e-Niro have become so popular in the European market that the company already projected these to sell out once they are released there.

Sources said that the new EV platform is currently in the development stage and will primarily focus on the B- and C-segment cars. That expected launch is two years from now, the same year we expect the EV version of the Genesis to be ready.

This move is part of the Hyundai-Kia plan to have 38 electrified options by 2025.

 

 

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.

 

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