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Hyundai Ioniq Trio Makes North American Debut

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Earlier today Hyundai rolled out the US models of the new Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybried and Electic models onto the show floor here at the New York Auto Show. What’s unique about the Ioniq is that it is the first in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains using a single vehicle platform.

“Ioniq will attract an entirely new group of eco- and efficiency-oriented buyers in the U.S. market,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “With outstanding powertrain flexibility, design, connectivity, and advanced technologies, Ioniq meets the needs of a large and growing group of buyers needing a highly efficient, low-emissions vehicle without compromise to their daily lifestyles.”

The Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models both have the Kappa 1.6L four-cylinder engine under the hood delivering 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. An electric motor adds an estimated 32kW (43 horsepower) and 125 lb-ft of torque to the hybrid model and a beefier motor on the plug-in hybrid adds 45 kW (60 horsepower). Total system power is 139 horsepower for the hybrid. Battery capacity on the hybrid is 1.6kWh but on the plug-in hybrid, Hyundai has opted for a 8.9 kWh battery. The plug-in hybrid offers a 25 mile electric only range.

The Ioniq electric model ditches the 1.6L gas engine and replaces it with a 28 kWh battery good enough to provide a range of 110 miles. The motor has an estimated output of 88 kW (about 120 horsepower) and 215 lb-ft of torque.

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Hyundai Is The New Toyota with 2017 Elantra

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The new Elantra is here, and I’m thoroughly whelmed…

I mean, I had expectations and, overall, they were met. The exterior is a little blander than I expected, but it’s still nice. The interior looks about as good as I wanted, but feels better than I thought it would.

I knew I’d have trouble writing about it, but my deadline is approaching and I seriously don’t know what to say. I don’t want to sit here and rattle off specs, because there’s nothing on the list that will make you say “Oh, neat” or “Hm, I’m disappointed it’s missing that”. It’s exactly the car you expect it to be, so it’s difficult to have anything but a neutral opinion about it.

Oh, hold up, it’s got collision avoidance and bending headlights. Rare to find those on a compact car. Lots of interior space, too. So it’s got that going for it. Which is nice. Seriously, they’ve got an entire page in their press release dedicated to how much interior space it has. So much so that it’s classified as a mid-size by the EPA.

It’s a Toyota Corolla. I’d call that the highest praise a boring car can receive, but I’m not actually sure what boring people consider praise for their cars. That said, for Hyundai to be able to have, and meet, such clear expectations says a lot about the brand. I gush about the Koreans a lot, I’m aware of it, but the fact that the Elantra is in to “Well, it’s no longer surprising that it’s this good” territory means Hyundai has succeeded. Good for them. Shame it means I’ll never be interested in half their cars again.

Well… Enjoy the pictures!

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All New 2016 Hyundai Tucson Crossover Revealed

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Today, Hyundai revealed an all-new version of its Tucson crossover at the New York Auto Show. The 2016 Tucson has been given a slew of small updates to update its look moving it a bit closer to its bigger brother, Santa Fe crossover. The A pillars are pushed back to create a longer hood line and a slight forward rake on the wheel arches give the new Tucson a bolder stance. The trapezoidal grille has been updated with the newer look found on the Santa Fe’s front end.

While its hard to tell in pictures, the new Tucson is slightly bigger than the outgoing version. The overall length has grown by 3 inches and the wheelbase has been increased by a couple inches offering an additional 5 cubic feet of space (nearly 20% increase). Great news if you plan on bringing that new big screen TV home. For the first time, Hyundai is offering optional 19″ wheels on the Tucson.

On the technology side, emergency breaking with edestrian detection, rearview camera, lane departure warning, and blind spot detection are all included and the new Tucson also features a hands-free smart powerlift gate, which they noted does not require a spare foot to operate (hah!). Other comfort and convenience features include a segment first ventilated front seats in addition to the heated front and rear seats. Up front, another first for the new Tucson are available LED headlights and daytime running lights. LEDs can also be found out back in the taillights and even the door handles are fitted with convenient proximity LED lighting

Under the hood is a standard 2.0L four cylinder that delivers an estimated 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. An optional 1.6L turbocharge four-cylinder bumps that up slightly to 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The turbo motor is mated to a segment-first dual clutch transmission. Peak torque on the 1.6L turbo motor hits early at 1500 rpm. Hyundai rolled out a pair of the new Tucson onto their stage and we shot a bunch of pictures of both so check it out after the break.

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Hyundai Veloster facelift includes new 7-speed DCT, light cosmetics

Hyundai hasn’t given the Veloster the exterior overhaul that we expected, but it has outfitted the quirky, oddly doored hatchback with some new tech, at least in the Korean market… READ MORE …


Hyundai pulls motorsports in North America, parts ways with Rhys Millen Racing

Automakers don’t necessarily undertake racing programs in proportion to their size. A company like Ferrari or McLaren, for example, may be small, but their racing programs are huge. The inverse could be said of a company like Hyundai, which has grown to rank among the largest automakers in the w…


Hyundai pulls motorsports in North America, parts ways with Rhys Millen Racing

Automakers don’t necessarily undertake racing programs in proportion to their size. A company like Ferrari or McLaren, for example, may be small, but their racing programs are huge. The inverse could be said of a company like Hyundai, which has grown to rank among the largest automakers in the w…


2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, PHEV gets conservative new look, more range

The plug-in hybrid middle ground between the 2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In (11 miles / 17 kilometres of EV range) and the 2016 Chevrolet Volt (50 miles / 80 kilometres) has long been the Ford domain. The Blue Oval has two plug-in hybrids with 20 miles (32 kilometres) of all-electric range, its 2015 …


Hyundai Brings Two Green Sonatas To Detroit

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When Hyundai brought the newly designed Sonata line-up to New York early in 2014 the hybrid trim was nowhere to be seen. Nobody at Beyond noticed, but most of us have problems seeing green anyway. For those of you left distraught by the absence, fret no more! The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is here in Detroit and it looks almost exactly like every other trim. Which, if you didn’t know, is a good thing. I was a huge fan of the last Sonata face-lift and, while this isn’t as dramatic a step forward, it’s further progress for the Koreans. Aside from the updated looks, the new hybrid replaces its 2.4L gas engine with a 2.0L making 154 hp and pairs it with a 51 hp electric motor.

Sitting right beside the standard Hybrid without any pomp or fanfare was the all-new Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, offering 22 miles of range on electricity alone. Hyundai advertised quick and programmable recharge stations, which allow you to “fuel” up your car overnight during off-peak hours when rates are at their lowest. Neither of these vehicles were the highlight of Hyundai’s presentation today, but both are extremely significant to the brand. Hyundai acknowledges that the Sonata, in all its forms, is the cornerstone of their brand at the moment and their success is tied to this one model. We’re sure the refreshed Hybrid and new Plug-In Hybrid will keep them on the right track, allowing them to release things like the Santa Cruz Utility Concept.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept

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I love car shows for a variety of reasons. Concepts aren’t usually one of those reasons. I don’t care what your creative team dreamt up. I don’t care how zany or powerful or exotic you can make your concept. I care about what I’m going to see on the road, what I’m going to have the opportunity to buy. Every now and then we’ll get concepts like the FT-1 or NSX where you can’t help but be excited, no matter how hard you resist. The Hyundai Santa Cruz Utility Concept is one of those. We all saw it under wraps but had no idea what it could be. Hyundai had been clever and added fake paneling to the back to make it look like a crossover or CUV, so when all the masks had been removed, you got what could have been the most genuinely shocked reaction I’ve ever seen at a car show. There were smiles, there were dropped jaws and there were “what the fuck”s. I don’t even remember who was on stage or what they were saying. I was too busy taking pictures and trying to wrap my head around what I was looking at. Hyundai calls it “convention-shattering” in their own press release, and they’re not wrong.

Even now, I don’t know how to describe it. You have to look and see for yourself. It’s got the size and cabin styling of a GLA – it seats five – but the hatch is replaced with a small box. To combat that small box, they’ve fitted it with an extension system which they claim will grow to the same length as a mid-size pickup, but only when you want it to. The only engine option they mentioned was a 190 hp, 300 ft/lb 2.0L turbo powerplant, which sounds about right for a vehicle of this class and size.

Honestly, I have no idea if they’re going to put this into production. If they do, I have no idea what they’d change. Lastly, I have no idea who would buy it. But it’s cool as hell and I hope that’s enough.

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Hyundai HCD-15 Santa Cruz might be the compact pickup we’ve been waiting for

The recent pickup truck renaissance and the dominance of the crossover has not been a great thing for car-heavy brands like Hyundai. That doesn’t mean the Korean manufacturer is sitting on its hands, though, as it’s taken the 2015 Detroit Auto Show to introduce the Hyundai HCD-15 Concept, also k…


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