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2021 Hyundai i30 N teaser lead 2021 Hyundai i30 N hatch teaser images revealed

Hyundai confirmed an automatic gearbox for the i30 N earlier this year and has now teased the hot hatch’s new look. The updated car is due to land in Australia by early 2021.

Along with the new transmission option, which is sure to broaden appeal, Hyundai has also updated the look of the i30 N hatch with more aggressive styling and slinkier lighting.

We already know that there will be a fetching set of Alcantara-clad bucket seats available, too, but there is no more information about interior updates yet.

2020 Hyundai DCT Box - 5
We already know these Alcantara buckets are coming.

The eight-speed ‘N DCT’ dual-clutch box should open up a wider market for the i30 N, making it a bonafide competitor with the Golf GTI for both driving enjoyment and everyday usability. We expect some of the other upgrades to improve the drive, perhaps even to Civic Type R levels.

Hyundai’s new gearbox is a wet-clutch unit, the brand says this will provide greater component longevity, and on the Veloster N lowers the 0-100km/h sprint to just 5.6 seconds.

This is in conjunction with an overboost function – Hyundai calls it N Grin Shift, or NGS for short – which increases torque for up to 7 seconds, from 350Nm up to 377Nm. Naturally, a six-speed do-it-yourself ‘box will remain an option for the i30 N.

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New forged alloys and a more aggressive stance for the 2021 i30 N.

Other changes include an all-new set of forged 19-inch alloy wheels which, Hyundai claims, will shave a total of 19kg from the i30 N. Being unsprung mass, this should improve the ride quality and responses of the updated i30 N. Oh, and they look better, too.

The front of the updated i30 N now more closely resembles its Veloster stablemate with a broader grille opening that flows more naturally into the bumper’s lower vents. New V-shaped LED signatures will finish off the aggressive stance of the updated i30 N hatch.

Around the rear, those dual exhaust pipes appear to grow even larger than before; the diffuser remains, and overall Hyundai has created a more imposing look with sharper angles adorning the rear bumper. As with the front, there are more intricate LED taillights for 2021.

2021 Hyundai i30 N teaser rear
The exhaust pipes look even bigger than before.

Hyundai has not made any other comments on the powertrain for the 2021 i30 N, just that with the updates listed “the new i30 N will be ready to tackle the road and the track”. We will have more information closer to the car’s Australian launch in 2021.

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2022 Hyundai Tucson Lead 2022 Hyundai Tucson hybrid under consideration for Australia

Hyundai has launched a new Tucson which promises to be both sportier than ever, and more configurable thanks to the choice of wheelbase length and propulsion stems – at least for the rest of the world.

There’s still a while to wait for the new car, though, with Hyundai predicting first Korean sales to start this time next year, and Australian cars – including the spunky N Line – arriving at the beginning of 2022.

Hyundai is offering both between traditional and plug-in hybrid power for the new Tucson, though Hyundai is clear that the electrified powertrains are still under consideration for Australia at the moment.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Front 3/4
The new Tucson – you won’t mistake it for the current one.

Safety levels will be bolstered by the availability of blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree monitor, adaptive cruise and AEB with junction assist.

Adopting design cues from Hyundai’s other SUV like the recently refreshed Santa Fe and full-size Palisade, the fourth generation Tucson has taken a turn to become one of the more attractive Hyundais, at least in our eyes.

In fact, the new vehicle is near unrecognisable as a Tucson, eschewing the current model’s flabby rear end for more confident and aggressive lines. The brand has employed parametric design principles as found on the Genesis GV80, cropping up in the broad grille and squat stance of the new design.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Front
Parametric design and a hybrid powertrain.

For now, we’ll have to live in doubt about the availability of a hybrid or PHEV Tucson, with Hyundai Australia keeping these powertrains “under consideration”.

Exact details of the PHEV are still unconfirmed, but Hyundai has revealed the vital statistic of the series-parallel hybrid, combining a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for combined outputs somewhere of around 171kW and 348Nm. In our eyes, an electrified powertrain would help make the new Tucson a real competitor for the popular Toyota RAV4 hybrid.

For now, Hyundai Australia has confirmed that the Tucson will arrive with an updated selection of currently on offer engines. That is, a direct-injected two-litre four-cylinder, a two-litre turbodiesel, and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

2022 Hyundai Tucson profile
But the electrified Tucson has not been confirmed for the Australian market.

Under the skin, Australian delivered Tucsons will all be the long-wheelbase variants. They will also be equipped with unique springs and dampers to suit the Australian market, something that has always worked well for the Korean brand.

Inside the Tucson will be an eight-inch touchscreen on the entry-level variants, swelling to 10.25-inches in size for the upper-grades like the Highlander and N Line. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will make an appearance across the range, too.

Adding to the convenience will be a digital key that works in conjunction with Hyundai’s smartphone app, and the offer of a Bose premium sound system for the glitzier variants.

Hyundai also teased us with brief information about the sport Tucson N Line which is due to be revealed shortly. Details about pricing and model line-up will be announced closer to that fourth-generation Tucsons arrival early in 2022.

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The 2021 Hyundai Kona in blue 2021 Hyundai Kona facelift: improved looks plus new N-Line turbo coming to Australia

A comprehensive mid-life facelift to the 2021 Hyundai Kona small SUV was revealed this morning, with a host of visual and technological changes accompanied by the addition of a dedicated Kona N-Line grade.

The updated Kona will arrive in Australia in late 2020, while for the first time, a series-parallel Kona Hybrid model will come to our market in early 2021. The new look will also be applied to the Kona Electric, in time.

The new Kona Hybrid, which produces 103kW of power by combining a 1.6-litre direct-injected petrol engine with a 32kW electric motor and 1.56kWh lithium polymer battery, will compete directly with the Toyota C-HR Hybrid in the fuel-sipping small SUV stakes.

Naturally, the most visible change to the 2021 Hyundai Kona is visual in nature, with the Korean manufacturer noting the switch to a “sharper, cleaner, more harmonious front end”. The split headlight cluster from the original Kona remains, but the lower assembly is more tightly integrated with a contrasting diffuser, while the grille has been tidied up. Quirky vents above the grille ensure the Kona still doesn’t blend in to the crowd, though.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona interior grey leather
The Kona’s interior picks up new technology.

As usual for a facelift, there’s a shopping list of changes, including new alloy wheel designs, new taillight graphics, the addition of five new colours and a contrast-tone rear bumper – but it is the new front end, and the 40mm increase in length, that will make the most impact. The lengthened shape makes for a bigger boot and more rear legroom, Hyundai says.

There will also be a new 2021 Hyundai Kona N-Line model coming to Australia, likely matched exclusively to a more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder in our market. Currently, that engine is an option on the Kona, producing 130kW. In 2021, the engine, which switches to Hyundai’s new Smartstream tech, produces 145kW and will be available with front wheel drive or all wheel drive.

In Europe, the other engine options take in a 100kW 1.6-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder with a new 48-volt mild hybrid system, plus a mild-hybrid one litre turbocharged three-cylinder with a six-speed manual.

However, it’s more likely that the majority of the Kona range in Australia will continue to be powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder producing 110kW of power.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona shown here in blue
A hybrid model will be offered for the first time.

As well as their sportier engine, the new Kona N-Line – which hints at the future availability of a hypothetical full-fat Kona N – will be distinguished by its more athletic design.

Unlike the standard Kona, the N-Line will feature body-coloured wheel arch extensions, while the front skid plate will be replaced by an “N-style” aero lip with corner fins. Those fins will be echoed at the rear of the car.

Kona N-Lines will also sport a distinct 18-inch wheel design, along with twin tailpipes, an N-Line interior with sports seats, metal pedals, and the N logo placed on the shifter and seatback.

Inside, the Kona picks up additional tech in the form of a 10.25-inch digital driver display, while a second 10.25-inch central infotainment screen will be available. The standard central screen will continue to measure eight inches, at least overseas.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona N-Line
The new Kona N-Line foreshadows a possible Kona N in future.

In a bold move, the new Kona will also pick up wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, while the system will have the capability to display split-screen views on the 10.25-inch screen while holding multiple Bluetooth connections.

A new perforated khaki leather hue will be on the table, alongside black and beige leather and a new houndstooth fabric. An electric parking brake replaces the outgoing mechanical lever, while Hyundai notes that the materials inside will display “a higher level of quality and refinement.”

On the safety front, the Kona has been updated to offer cyclist detection on top of the existing vehicle and pedestrian detection for the AEB system. The blind spot monitoring has been beefed up to include differential braking to bump you away from a side-swipe crash. There’s also leading-vehicle move-off alert, plus braking capability for the rear cross traffic alert. Finally, a door-exit warning and rear seat alert complete the picture.

We expect a shallow bump to the Hyundai Kona’s Australian pricing, which currently spans $22,400 to $37,600, to reflect the new features when the vehicle arrives locally in late 2020.

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Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line in blue Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line revealed, Australia-bound in Q4 2020: with video

In good news for Australian buyers who continue to eschew SUVs in favour of sporty four-doors, Hyundai this morning revealed the 2021 i30 Sedan N-Line – a four-door riding on a new platform that will replace the outgoing Elantra Sport while sharing that vehicle’s 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

With outputs of 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque, the new i30 Sedan N-Line will be a familiar drive – a fact confirmed by the fact both of the Elantra Sport’s gearbox options will be returning. These include a popular seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – and in a nod to the enthusiast set, a six-speed manual as well.

Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line in blue
There will be no missing the i30 Sedan N-Line on the road.

The 1.6-litre turbo engine does receive some updates, notably in the form of Continuously Variable Valve Duration, helping to lift real-world fuel economy. Plus, as we noted on our video walkaround of a prototype i30 Sedan N-Line – which you can watch above – the exhaust note has been tuned to sound considerably meaner.

Otherwise, the i30 Sedan N-Line appears as more or less a brand-new car. Despite the decision to delete the Elantra name from Hyundai’s smallest four-door sedan locally, the i30 Sedan does not share a platform with the more familiar hatchback version, and will instead launch in Australia before the end of 2020 with an all-new chassis, which is in the process of being locally tuned for Australian roads.

Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line interior in black leather
The cabin takes a big step up in quality and appearance.

Local tuning of the suspension and handling aside, the i30 Sedan N-Line will arrive with 18-inch wheels and grippier tyres than the standard version of the car, which will also come to Australia – and like the N-Line version of the i30 hatch, there’s also a multi-link independent rear suspension on this hotted-up version. Until a purely hypothetical i30 Sedan N arrives – as in a full-fat version to mirror the i30 N hatch and Fastback – this is as hot as the four-door gets.

There are substantial changes to the design of the i30 Sedan compared to the outgoing Elantra Sport, both outside and in. Hyundai’s hiring of Luc Donkerwolke – previously of Lamborghini – has injected a strong dose of assertiveness to this brand’s exterior shapes, and there will be no missing the triangular motif of the new i30 Sedan out on the road. On the N-Line, the grille, side skirts and diffusers are all blacked-out.

Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line handling
The Australian-market i30 Sedan N-Line is being tuned for our roads.

Inside, the cabin takes a marked step forward in appearance, with a fully digital cockpit pairing twin screens in a move that we thought was similar to, if not quite the equal of, current Mercedes-Benz cars – except that in the Hyundai, the tech is much easier to use. Digital gauges change with the selected drive mode, while the central touchscreen carries a very high resolution allowing the viewing of three ‘panels’ of information at once.

A broad grab handle cuts a swathe through the cabin, leaving you in no doubt that this is a driver-focussed cockpit. The prototype we sat in featured electrically-adjustable heated cloth seats, but final Australian specifications are yet to be announced prior to a fourth-quarter 2020 launch.

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2021 Ioniq EVs LEAD Hyundai announces Ioniq, EV-exclusive brand to challenge VW ID

The Hyundai Ioniq was a small sedan that spearheaded the Korean brand’s drive for lower emissions, while offering the unique choice of hybrid, PHEV and fully electric variants in Australia.

Now that nameplate – a blend of “iconic” and “unique” – has expanded into a whole new brand. As Genesis is the luxury arm of Hyundai, Ioniq will now be the green branch with three new fully electric vehicles slated in the next four years.

First to break onto the market will be a compact crossover which, Hyundai says, will be reminiscent of the 45 concept car and should arrive sometime in 2021, named the Ioniq 5.

2021 Ioniq 5 side
The concept car that will inform the future of Ioniq.

Designers say it harks back to the ItalDesign Pony Concept of 1974 but reimagined through parametric design algorithms. This is fast becoming technique a synonymous with Hyundai styling, and one that has notably informed the many details of the Genesis GV80.

As for the following models, the brand has decided that even numbers will represent traditional saloons, a la the Ioniq 6, with a larger SUV dubbed the Ioniq 7 to follow.

The brand’s current raft of EVs including the Kona Electric and aforementioned Ioniq small sedan will, for now, remain housed under the Hyundai name. However, it sounds like they will be quickly superseded by these all-new electric vehicles.

2021 Ioniq Design sketch
Can you spot the resemblance between the Pony and the 45 concept?

While the Kona Electric currently has around 450km of real-world range, though it sits on the same underpinnings as the regular Kona and as such has to work around packaging compromises.

Like Volkswagen has done with the ID.3, the new Ioniq brand has been developing an EV only platform dubbed the E-GMP. The brand claims this will allow “fast-charging and plentiful driving range”. Naturally, potential battery size and exact capabilities will be revealed in time, but expect the new platform to house more than the Kona’s 64kWh of charge. 

The all-new platform is also said to provide ever-more freedom for designers who will be able to craft interiors of future Ioniqs into “smart living spaces” to offer maximum relaxation for operators. 

2021 Ioniq Prophecy/6 rear
Ioniq’s second model – the 6 – will be a sedan based on Hyundai’s Prophecy concept.

Hyundai says the recently teased Prophecy concept gives a glimpse into the Ioniq’s second model, a sedan dubbed the ‘6’, all we see is the exterior possibilities.

Images from inside the 45 concept demonstrate an open-plan cockpit-style that will presumably influence the final product. The dual-width touchscreen in the render isn’t too far-fetched, we’ve seen a similar thing in the production-ready production-ready Honda E.

However, the “projection beam interface” for the passenger seems like a novel idea. Without a transmission tunnel to get in the way, though, the interior can truly become open-plan with extended leg-room possibilities and hugely increased modularity for all occupants.

2021 Ioniq 5 Interior
Open-plan modernist interiors? Yes please.

Hyundai’s vision of future-mobility is quickly becoming a reality. With these three Ioniq vehicles emerging over the next four years the brand is keen to become a leader in the EV segment, with the target of over one million BEV sales by 2025.

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