Hyundai IONIQ 5 will be Motional and Lyft’s first robotaxi

Hyundai IONIQ 5 will be Motional and Lyft’s first robotaxi

Motional will integrate its driverless technology into Hyundai’s new all-electric SUV to create the company’s first robotaxi. At the start of 2023, customers in certain markets will be able to book the fully electric, fully autonomous taxi through the Lyft app.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5, which was revealed in February with a consumer release date expected later this year, will be fully integrated with Motional’s driverless system. The vehicles will be equipped with the hardware and software needed for Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, including lidar, radar and cameras to provide the vehicle’s sensing system with 360 degrees of vision, and the ability to see up to 300 meters away. This level of driverless technology means a human will not be required to take over driving.

The interior space will be similar to the consumer model, but additionally equipped with features needed for robotaxi operation, according to a Motional spokesperson. Motional did not reveal whether or not the vehicle would still have a steering wheel, and images of the robotaxi aren’t yet available.

Motional’s IONIQ 5 robotaxis have already begun testing on public roads and closed courses, and they’ll be put through more months of testing and real-world experience before being deployed on Lyft’s platform. The company says it’ll complete testing only once it’s confident the taxis are safer than a human driver.

Motional, the Aptiv-Hyundai $4 billion joint venture aimed at commercializing driverless cars, announced its partnership with Lyft in December, signaling the ride-hailing company’s primary involvement in Motional’s plans. The company recently announced that it began testing its driverless tech on public roads in Las Vegas. Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 is Motional’s second platform to go driverless on public roads.

Source: Tech Crunch

2022 Hyundai Tuscon Fuel Economy Is Mightily Impressive

2022 Hyundai Tuscon Fuel Economy Is Mightily Impressive

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Tucson is gearing up for launch this summer, and it's starting to look very good indeed. The fourth-generation of the compact crossover has got a new and sharper suit, and for the first time, the Tucson will be available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. And now the EPA estimates for fuel economy for all but the plug-in hybrid have come in and it looks good for those that value their MPG.

Starting with the piston-only powered version, the base model SE with front-wheel-drive and a 2.5-liter engine. The EPA estimates it to have fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg on the combined cycle. That's up considerably from the 2021 model's 23/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined.


If you add all-wheel-drive, the new 24/29/26 mpg city/highway/combined is still a considerable improvement over the previous base front-wheel-drive model. Of the figures released so far, though, the base hybrid, the Tucson Hybrid Blue, is the lightest on fuel despite coming with all-wheel-drive as standard. It has an even spread of 38/38/38 mpg city/highway/combined. Its drivetrain consists of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, an electric motor, and a 1.49-kWh battery. The more feature-laden 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid takes a slight hit, clocking in with 37/36/37 mpg city/highway/combined.


The EPA estimates for the plug-in-hybrid aren't available yet, and neither is its MSRP from Hyundai. However, we do know it gets a 261-hp 1.6-liter engine and a 13.8-kWh battery. According to Hyundai, it should arrive with a 30 mpg combined figure and get up to 32 miles of range on electric power alone.

Hyundai has been pushing hard into Toyota, Nissan, and Honda-dominated segments over the past couple of years. With its new sharp looks and an upgraded and broader range of drivetrains, it looks like the South Korean automaker is ready to go toe-to-toe with the Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V.


Source: Carbuzz

Hyundai Officially Unveils Its Futuristic Staria MPV

Hyundai Officially Unveils Its Futuristic Staria MPV

Hyundai Motor Company has officially revealed its futuristic, spaceship-inspired multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) lineup, Staria. Just earlier this month, the automotive company released teaser images of the MPV.

The Hyundai Staria promises next-level mobility solutions with its “inside-out” design approach. The design methodology focuses the process on ensuring the interior aptly expands to its exterior features in order to adapt to consumers’ shifting needs to maximize interior space. On the exterior, the Staria has a streamlined silhouette, easily recognizable by its fluid curve that runs from the front to the back. According to Hyundai, the curvature is inspired by the “halo that illuminates Earth’s horizon during sunrise when viewed from space.” The front is simple and features horizontal daytime running lights that span across the width of the MPV, offering a futuristic glow to the car.

The Staria also features expansive panoramic windows that not only provide a sense of spaciousness for passengers but improve overall visibility. The interior includes various functionalities that come with an elevated and innovative design. With a high-tech 10.25-inch, touch-screen display screen and seamless storage space on top of the overhead consoles, the automotive is free of the cluster, creating a sense of openness for all to enjoy.

The Staria premium model is a 7-seater SUV with high-end, automatically reclining relaxation seats. Furthermore, the lineup includes a 9-seater Staria premium that has the added capability for the second-row chairs to swivel 180 degrees in face the third row. Hyundai offers a range of seating arrangements from two-seaters to 11-seaters, both adaptable for either suitable familial or business use. According to SVP of Hyundai, SangYup Lee, “Staria is Hyundai’s first mass-produced vehicle model that is designed with the ‘inside-out’ design approach. Staria will provide a completely new experience and value proposition to customers through its unprecedented design and innovative features.”

The Hyundai Staria will officially make its digital world premiere in the first half of 2021.


Source: Hypebeast

Hyundai NEXO awarded five-star Green NCAP rating

Hyundai NEXO awarded five-star Green NCAP rating

Hyundai Motor’s second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle, NEXO, has received a maximum five-star rating from Green NCAP, the independent organisation that ranks vehicles based on their energy efficiency and emissions.

The rating was based on three indices, each of which contained several metrics: clean air, energy efficiency and greenhouse gases. As a fuel cell electric vehicle, powered by hydrogen and producing distilled water as its only emission, NEXO naturally scored full points on both the Clean Air and Greenhouse Gas index. Its excellent rating for energy efficiency was a further testament to the quality of the product, proving that fuel cell mobility is a mature technology and a viable transportation solution.

In its report, Green NCAP wrote: “[With Hyundai NEXO] there are no tailpipe emissions other than water. As a result, the NEXO scores full points for both the Clean Air and Greenhouse Gas indexes. Energy efficiency is also very high and the NEXO emerges with an average index just high enough to earn the car a maximum five-star rating.”

“We're proud to announce that NEXO is the latest Hyundai model to have been awarded a five-star Green NCAP rating, joining the ranks of IONIQ and KONA Electric. This is further proof that we are achieving our goal of making high-quality, eco-friendly mobility solutions available to all,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “Our flagship fuel cell electric vehicle has been recognised not just for being an environmentally-friendly zero-emission vehicle, but also a strong product with very high energy efficiency.”

Hyundai’s NEXO is a fuel cell electric vehicle and the technological flagship of Hyundai’s growing eco-vehicle fleet. It combines the practicality of an SUV crossover with advanced electrified technology, comprehensive driver assistance functions and innovative design features.

NEXO is the third Hyundai model to receive a maximum five-star rating. In 2019, Green NCAP also awarded the five-star rating to the battery-electric version of Hyundai IONIQ. Meanwhile, in 2020 the organisation also awarded the Hyundai KONA Electric the maximum score.

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About Green NCAP

Green NCAP is an independent initiative which aims to promote the development of cars which are clean, energy efficient and not harmful to the environment. The organisation uses a broad range of tests that go above and beyond legislative testing and, through consumer information, rewards manufacturers whose vehicles go beyond the minimum requirements.

Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Looks Ready For Production

Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Looks Ready For Production

An official reveal surely can't be too far away now.

The Honda Ridgeline is one of America's most underrated pickup trucks, but it will soon be facing some stiff competition from other unibody trucks. Ford is preparing to start production of the Maverick, a new small pickup truck that will slot below the Ranger, and we're also still waiting for the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup to break cover.

Hyundai's compact pickup has been spied undergoing testing several times, but this latest sighting provides our most revealing look yet. YouTube channel 80% Garage spotted a Santa Cruz prototype at a parking lot and was able to get some close-up footage. While the prototype is still wrapped in body cladding to hide the details, there's no traditional camo here, which suggests the design beneath the shrouding is finalized. 

The Santa Cruz shares the same platform as the new Hyundai Tucson and the design similarities are clear, from the side mirrors to the triangular headlight design. Despite the similarities, the Hyundai Santa Cruz sets itself apart with a unique grille featuring rectangular slats.

Since it rides on a unibody platform, the Santa Cruz isn't designed for serious off-roading and is aimed at buyers who don't need the capability and storage offered in mid-size and full-size trucks. The YouTuber believes the short bed is around four feet long, which is much shorter than the Ranger's bed, but the tailgate looks deep enough to provide extra storage space for longer items when lowered.

Technical details for the Santa Cruz haven't been confirmed yet, but the compact pickup is expected to share the Tucson's 2.5-liter direct-injected gasoline engine that produces 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. A hybrid version could also be offered with an electrified 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that produces a combined 226 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the Tucson Hybrid.

An undisguised Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid was also spied alongside the Santa Cruz prototype, in what could be the first sighting of the production version in America before customer deliveries begin. As for the Santa Cruz, Hyundai hasn't confirmed when the compact pickup will debut, but this latest sighting suggests the official reveal will happen sooner, rather than later.

Source: Carbuzz

Hyundai's upcoming Staria van looks like it was beamed to 2021 from 2121

Hyundai's upcoming Staria van looks like it was beamed to 2021 from 2121

Hyundai has stretched the limits of its design department in recent months, but the Staria van it previewed in March 2021 blows the boundaries out of the stratosphere. Described by the brand as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), it looks like a concept from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but it's real and it's headed to production.

MPV is another term for minivan, and Hyundai designers didn't try to make the Staria hip by giving it SUV-like styling cues. It's a monobox model with a roofline that's tall and flat, and a rear end that's almost perfectly upright. Even the blacked-out images released by the firm can't conceal the Staria's head-turning front end, which is characterized by an LED light bar that stretches across the entire fascia and headlights positioned at about the same level as the wheels. They're integrated into an extra-wide grille with bright mesh inserts. Out back, the lights are made up of individual dots that look like pixels, a feature we've already seen on the Ioniq 5 introduced in February 2021. 

Hyundai proudly pointed out that the Staria resembles a spaceship. It added that the model depicted in the images is the Premium variant, which is a high-end version of the standard Staria that hasn't been shown yet.

Oversized side windows let natural light into a cabin designed with comfort and technology in mind. The dashboard is dominated by a portrait-oriented touchscreen that replaces nearly all of the buttons and switches normally found on the center stack. Meanwhile, the rear passengers travel on individual seats with retractable footrests. Hyundai promises that the Staria will deliver new experiences for drivers and passengers, but it hasn't yet detailed what it means by that.

Similarly, it's too early for the company to reveal technical specifications, so we don't know if the spacecraft inspiration continues under the hood. Engineering principles dictate that a grille this big is needed to channel cooling air to an engine, but design trends have proven that's not always the case. Even EVs sometimes get giant grilles.

Hyundai didn't develop the Staria to meet up with NASA's Perseverance rover on Mars; the van isn't even an outlandish concept. What you see in the images above is what the South Korean brand will begin building in later in 2021. The model will be available in select global markets; time will tell if America is one of them.

Source: Autoblog

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Revealed As Sleek, Stylish CUV: It's Not A Hatchback

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Revealed As Sleek, Stylish CUV: It's Not A Hatchback

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has just presented itself, correcting everyone that called it a hatchback – including us. Hyundai's new electric vehicle is a CUV, even if it's one that really looks like a hatchback. If that were the case, the Ioniq 5 would be a hell of a hatchback, at 4.64 meters (182.7 inches) in length.

That makes it larger than the VW ID.4 and almost as big as a Tesla Model 3. Still, this is not the only impressive technical specification to come from the new EV. According to Hyundai, its 3 m (118.1 in) wheelbase is the largest one among electric cars. The Tesla Model S has a 2.96 m (116.5 in) wheelbase, for example.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 (2021)

To avoid making it look like the long vehicle that it actually is, Hyundai gave it 20-inch wheels and a height of 1.61 m (63.4 in). The Ioniq 5 is 1.89 m (74.4 in) wide, and its trunk holds 531 liters (18.75 cubic feet) of cargo. 

For fans of frunks, the new EV offers one, even if quite small. When it is powered solely by its rear wheels, there are 57 liters (2 cubic feet) of space under the clamshell frunk lid in all markets except North America. There, RWD and AWD versions of the electric crossover will all have 24 liters (0.85 cubic foot) of room in that compartment.

Kia E-GMP Platform

As expected, the Ioniq 5 is the first product built over the E-GMP platform. It will have two battery pack options: 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh. Unfortunately, Hyundai did not disclose the range for the 58 kWh unit. 


The 72.6 kWh battery pack, applied to the AWD version of the Ioniq 5, would be able to reach between 470 km (292 miles) and 480 km (298 mi) under the WLTP cycle. Hyundai also did not inform how far the RWD Ioniq 5 with this battery pack could go. Regardless, this is very likely the most efficient option of them all.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 (2021)

Curiously, the Ioniq 5 has four motor options. The one with the 58 kWh battery pack delivers 125 kW (168 hp) in its RWD option. The AWD adds a 53 kW (71 hp) motor to the car, but the rear motor then loses 5 kW, offering only 120 kW (161 hp) for a total of 173 kW (232 hp).

When it comes to the crossover with the 72.6 kWh battery pack, the rear motor alone produces 160 kW (215 hp). The AWD gets a front motor with 70 kW (94 hp), and the rear unit loses 5 kW, making it deliver a total of 225 kW (302 hp).

Hyundai IONIQ 5 (2021)

If you are asking how much torque this hatchback on steroids delivers, the 255 Nm of the front motor adds up with the 350 Nm from the rear unit to present a total of 605 Nm (443.2 pound-feet). The most powerful Ioniq 5 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds, and the top speed for all derivatives is 185 km/h. 

According to Hyundai, it can tow load a trailer of up to 1,600 kg (3,527 pounds). We have no idea how much the car weighs nor which ground clearance it has. For a crossover, that is relevant information. The brand may release it to each market where the Ioniq 5 is presented in the first half of 2021.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 (2021)

When it comes to its 800V battery pack and its capability for fast charging, it is not clear if the Ioniq 5 can beat the Taycan. It goes from 10 percent to 80 percent of charge in a 350 kW fast charger in 18 minutes. The Porsche claims to go from 5 percent to 80 percent of charge in 22.5 minutes in a 270 kW charger. The Ioniq 5 also has a built-in 400V fast-charging capacity.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 (2021)

In the new electric crossover interior, three things will call the attention of prospective buyers: the 12-inch digital cluster integrated with the 12-inch infotainment touchscreen, the Universal Island, and V2L.

The first item is self-explanatory, but the picture of the interior will show why it matters. The interior is minimalistic and reminds us of the Honda e. In fact, the Ioniq 5 looks like a larger Honda e, one that many American customers would probably consider buying instead of just a few. Hyundai also promises that the HUD (head-up display) will offer augmented reality, something the VW ID family already presents.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 (2021)

The Universal Island is a sliding central console that can be moved by 14 cm (5.5 in). We have no idea what use that could have – perhaps our readers will see a point in that. The V2L (or vehicle-to-load) is easier to understand.

Below the rear seats and on the charging port, two V2L ports allow the Ioniq 5 to deliver up to 3.6 kW of power to charge high-power electric equipment with the help of a converter. The V2L port on the Ioniq 5’s charging port works even when the car is turned off.

The last bit of relevant information regarding the Ioniq 5 is the Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2). What Hyundai suggests is that it is the company’s version of Tesla Autopilot and GM Super Cruise, or else, a level 2 driving assistant. The Ioniq 5 is the first vehicle to present it. We’ll have to wait to see how it compares to the competition.

From what it presented so far and its looks, the Ioniq 5 has amazing possibilities of competing with the VW ID.4, the Tesla Model Y, and the Ford Mustang Mach-E for buyers looking for a stylish and spacious electric car. If its pricing is as aggressive as its looks, it should be one of the best-selling EVs in all the markets where it is offered.

Source: Inside EVs

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