Hyundai will continue to enter new product segments, including upscale
niches, while keeping lower-priced models fresh over the next three
The Veloster sporty coupe will join the lineup this fall, and a
turbocharged version comes next summer.
A redesigned Azera sedan debuts in the final weeks of this year, and a
two-door Elantra will go on sale next spring. Short- and
long-wheelbase versions of the Santa Fe crossover will be offered
when the vehicle is redesigned next year.
Further down the road, Hyundai will launch a more luxurious SUV, a
dedicated plug-in hybrid sedan and a sport sedan to compete with the
Accent: The Accent which has been on sale since July, was redesigned
for the 2012 model year. A new 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection
four-cylinder from Hyundai's Gamma engine family replaces the old
Genesis: The high-performance Genesis R-Spec sedan was added for the
2012 model year as the top trim level of Hyundai's mid-sized luxury
car. The R-Spec gets 429 hp and 376 pounds-feet of torque from a new
5.0-liter gasoline direct injection V8 engine teamed with a new
eight-speed automatic transmission.
An updated 3.8-liter V6 engine powering the base Genesis adds gasoline
direct injection technology for 2012, helping to boost output by 15
percent to 333 hp and torque by 10 percent to 291 pounds-feet.
In 2013 the Genesis will get new sheet metal and a new interior, as
well as a re-engineered platform with major improvements, including
Veloster: Hyundai's sporty coupe will arrive in showrooms in
September. The Veloster features a hatchback roofline and third door
on the passenger-side rear. Powering the Veloster at launch will be a
1.6-liter gasoline direct injection four-cylinder engine and Hyundai's
first dual clutch transmission. A turbocharged version will debut next
June or July with a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter engine
producing around 200 hp.
Azera: A redesigned Azera will make its North American debut at the
Los Angeles auto show in November and will go on sale just before the
end of the year. The sedan will reflect the brand's fluidic sculpture
design language, a major change from the current Azera's tame
styling. Power will come from a new Lambda II 3.5-liter V6 engine
with gasoline direct injection technology producing more than 300
Hyundai wants to capture Sonata owners looking to move up within the
brand without going all the way to the Genesis. Executives also
expect the front-wheel-drive layout to appeal to buyers in
cold-weather states, where the Genesis' rear-wheel-drive system can
be a deal breaker.
Genesis Coupe: When the Genesis coupe is re-engineered for the 2014
model year it will share the Genesis sedan's more upscale interior
and comfortable ride.
In the meantime, the 2013 Genesis Coupe will get the gasoline direct
injection 3.8-liter V6 that powers the base model 2012 Genesis.
Elantra: An Elantra coupe will debut at the Los Angeles auto show in
November prior to its sales debut in the second quarter of 2012.
No significant updates are planned for the sedan until the 2013 model
year, when it is scheduled for a freshening.
Elantra Touring: A restyled version of the compact wagon is scheduled
to launch next year, possibly in the summer. The updated Elantra
Touring will continue to ride on the platform of the i30 sold in
Europe, but styling will draw heavily from the U.S. market Elantra
sedan's fluidic sculpture design concept.
Santa Fe: The SUV will be redesigned in the fall of 2012, using a new
platform. Hyundai will offer both short- and long-wheelbase variants,
but a source says the versions may launch at different times. Sources
say the long-wheelbase Santa Fe is being added to accommodate a third
row of seats.
Tucson: After being redesigned for 2010, a freshening for the Tucsonis
scheduled for the 2013 model year.
Veracruz: Long-in-the-tooth and slow-selling, the mid-sized SUV will
disappear after the 2012 model year. But it won't be gone long.
After a model year in exile, the Veracruz is expected to return in
more luxurious and upscale form for the 2014 model year. The
redesigned Veracruz is expected to launch early in 2013.
Sonata: While a hit in the United States, the dramatic, swoopy lines
of the Sonata have gotten a cool reception in the South Korean
market. To address that a restyled version of the sedan, with styling
expected to be more conservative, will be launched in the United
States sometime in 2014 as 2015 model.
Equus: Topping out at more than $65,000, the Equus sedan was Hyundai's
opening salvo into true luxury territory when it debuted in the fall
2010. For the 2012 model year Hyundai's halo car gets the new
5.0-liter V8 engine used in the Genesis R-Spec.
No major updates are planned for the Equus until 2014 at the
Sports sedan: Work is under way on Hyundai's oft-rumored answer to the
BMW 3-series but it is unlikely to appear before 2013. The sporty
sedan will be derived from the rear-wheel-drive platform used for the
Genesis. Styling is expected be marked by aggressive lines more akin
to the Genesis Coupe than the Genesis sedan or Equus.
Plug-in hybrid: Hyundai is developing a plug-in hybrid sedan that will
arrive in the United States in either the 2013 or 2014 model year.
Details are sketchy, but the car will be a dedicated plug-in hybrid,
not a variant of an existing model.