Ulsan #1 began building the Ioniq 5 in December but so far all weve seen is teaser pics

Ulsan #1 started constructing the Ioniq 5 in December however thus far all we have seen is teaser pics

Robust within the USA, Europe, Russia and the Pacific Rim, in addition to South Korea after all, Hyundai Motor Group nonetheless under-achieves in China. Even with that big market increasing for a lot of months now, neither Kia nor Hyundai has been capable of make a lot headway. May a raft of latest autos change issues? This primary of three options on HMG considers the Hyundai model’s world subsequent technology fashions.


In manufacturing for six months now, the i20 will quickly be joined by the primary N model within the mannequin’s historical past. Introduced to the media in October, the i20 N goes on sale in most markets, together with European ones, throughout March or April. Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo, outputs are 150 kW (204 PS) and 275 Nm. A six-speed guide gearbox is customary and drive goes to the entrance wheels solely. As with different i20s, a mid-life facelift is due in 2023 and a successor in 2026.

China’s Beijing Hyundai three way partnership advised the media about a few of its future mannequin plans in August final yr. These primarily include native manufacturing for already launched Hyundai autos however one shock was the assertion that there could be not solely a brand new Mistra however an EV variant. The launch of this 4,780 mm lengthy sedan would happen earlier than the tip of 2021, the JV acknowledged.

Prototypes of each petrol and electrical fashions have been revealed on the Guangzhou motor present in November. The piston-powered automobiles provide the selection of 1.8-litre usually aspirated and 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

The earlier Mistra – also referred to as Mingtu – bought effectively for a time however gross sales light and the automobile went out of manufacturing in 2019. It was positioned between the Elantra and Sonata.

Ioniq = electrical

5 months in the past, Hyundai advised us that a lot of its future electrical fashions could be referred to as Ioniq, beginning with the Ioniq 5 which will probably be revealed very quickly (see pic element above).

Kia may even have a mannequin primarily based on the identical bespoke structure, which is named Electrical-World Modular Platform (E-GMP). The Ioniq 5 – previously the NE challenge – would be the group’s first mannequin for E-GMP. There must also be a mannequin for Genesis.

The Ioniq 5 can have angular traces, one thing Hyundai acknowledged in September 2019 when revealing its 45 idea on the Frankfurt motor present. There was then a very completely different tackle how one other future EVs may look within the type of the Prophecy, an idea introduced in March 2020. This lengthy, curvy automobile had been as a consequence of be revealed at that month’s Geneva motor present earlier than the occasion was cancelled.

There have been experiences out of Korea in October claiming that the Ioniq 5 will probably be 4,635 mm lengthy and have a 72 kWh battery pack. Nonetheless, in December got here the information {that a} ‘First Version’ would have a 58 kWh pack together with two motors and a most WLTP vary of 450 km (280 miles). Mixed energy is alleged to be 230 kW. As for the extra highly effective variant, that is nonetheless stated to be due for launch this yr. It ought to be capable to journey as much as 550 km. Official data is awaited.

Anticipated to be referred to as Ioniq 3, a 4.0-4.2 m lengthy electrical crossover due in 2022 or 2023 ought to be constructed not solely in South Korea but additionally assembled at a plant which is underneath development in Singapore. The manufacturing unit was introduced by Hyundai distributor Komoco Motors’ govt chairman Teo Hock Seng chatting with the Straits Instances in August 2020. The positioning is at Jurong on the west of the island metropolis state. Hyundai can also be anticipated to fabricate the Ioniq 5 there.

In the meantime, sources report that the appears to be like of the Ioniq 6, an electrical automobile, will probably be closely influenced by the Prophecy idea. The identify, Ioniq 6, is as per Hyundai’s August 2020 assertion noting that every of the Ioniq sub-brand’s future electrical crossovers and SUVs would use an odd quantity whereas automobiles are to have a fair one. The gross sales launch is anticipated to happen in 2022. The Ioniq 7, a big SUV, is ready to reach in 2024. The corporate ought to steadily fill out the 1-9 numbers with Ioniq 4 and presumably even Ioniq 8 sedans/hatchbacks doubtlessly being added in or after 2025.


Beijing Hyundai is near launching a particular MPV/minivan for the Chinese language market. The mannequin identify is alleged to be ‘Custo‘ with this six/seven-seat automobile set to share a number of parts with the Sonata. The usual engine ought to be a turbo 2.0-litre and prototypes have been seen with sliding rear doorways.

The lengthy overdue subsequent technology Starex can also be as a consequence of be revealed later in 2021. The brand new mannequin is codenamed US4. Eight, 9, 11 or 12-seater minivan variants ought to once more characteristic within the vary, and numerous names will exist worldwide (‘Staria‘ is one such). As with the prevailing technology of the massive van and MPV, the life cycle will possible exceed a decade.


The Santa Cruz, a forthcoming crossover/pick-up mashup, was previewed by an idea of the identical identify revealed six years in the past this month on the Detroit auto present. The manufacturing model, which will probably be aimed on the Honda Ridgeline, will use the identical platform because the fifth technology Tucson. Construct is because of begin in Could.

There may be nonetheless some uncertainty over the event code which was initially stated to be TN earlier than changing into NX4-OB. The subsequent Tuscon is codenamed NX4.

Hyundai Motor America acknowledged in November 2019 that US$410m could be spent increasing and adapting the Montgomery plant in Alabama forward of the Santa Cruz going into manufacturing there “in 2021”.


AX1 is the code for a 3.6-3.8 m lengthy crossover within the model of the Suzuki S-Presso. Primarily for the Indian market, it might be positioned between the smaller Santro and bigger Venue. It is also supplied in related left-hand drive markets. Prototypes have been most not too long ago seen testing in January. Manufacturing will possible begin at year-end.

Hyundai Motor Europe introduced in November that it might be including one other SUV to its line-up throughout the first half of 2021. Apart from the truth that the identify of this B section mannequin will probably be Bayon, no different particulars have been divulged. PLDB will quickly be up to date with additional data (see hyperlink at finish of this report).

Hyundai introduced preliminary particulars of the fourth technology Tucson in September (see hyperlink to PLDB for all particulars). Together with numerous different powertrains, there are HEV (hybrid) and PHEV (plug-in hybrid) variants. Whereas there are two lengths and wheelbases for different Tucsons, it stays unclear whether or not this additionally applies to the HEV and PHEV.

The hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre T-GDI (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) Smartstream engine and a 44.2 kW motor, with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It’s paired with a six-speed automated transmission and out there with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Mixed energy is 169 kW (230 PS).

As for the PHEV, Hyundai had solely this to say within the preview data it launched 4 months in the past: “A plug-in hybrid model of the all-new Tucson with a 1.6-litre T-GDI engine and 265 PS may even be out there to prospects. Extra particulars will probably be revealed nearer to the market launch in 2021”.

In November, Hyundai Motor America famous that, “Tucson gasoline and hybrid fashions will start availability for the U.S. market in spring 2021, with plug-in fashions out there in summer season 2021”.

In December, Hyundai’s Europe division made an additional announcement in regards to the PHEV’s outputs. The motor produces 66.9 kW and 304 Nm, whereas the lithium polymer battery has a capability of 13.8 kWh. Mixed, the engine and motor produce 195 kW (265 PS) most energy and 350 Nm most torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automated transmission are customary. Gross sales in European markets will begin within the second quarter.


HMG is anticipated so as to add a second Hyundai gasoline cell mannequin to complement the Nexo. In June 2018, Hyundai advised the media that it might enter right into a partnership with Audi AG for such autos. Then in September 2019, Chung Euisun, the pinnacle of HMG, stated he believes gasoline cells will probably be an excellent match for future self-driving autos.

Hyundai had utilized to trademark the phrase Neptune in relation to hydrogen gasoline cell autos in sure nations, water being the one tailpipe emission from such autos. For the time being it is not recognized whether or not Neptune will or was to change into an FCEV model, a sub-brand or a mannequin. The Hyundai HDC-6 Neptune, a Class 8 heavy truck idea powered by a gasoline cell, was introduced in October 2019.

In December, HMG revealed that it might use ‘HTWO‘ as a brand new model for Hyundai, Kia and Genesis gasoline cell autos. The primary Hyundai HTWO mannequin might be 1-3 years away.

Studies for a lot of different producers’ future fashions are grouped within the OEM product technique summaries part of just-auto.com.

Future platform intelligence

Extra element on previous, present and forthcoming fashions could be present in PLDB, the longer term autos database which is a part of GlobalData’s Automotive Intelligence Heart. That features the numerous Hyundai autos not on this report.