7 Generations Of Hyundai Elantra Show 20 Years Of Design Improvement

From a not-so-pretty duckling to a beautiful swan.

The Hyundai Elantra, otherwise known as the Avante in its home country in South Korea, has been around for quite some time. In fact, it has been 20 years since Hyundai brought the compact sedan to the world. With that span of time, Hyundai showcased its improvement in design execution on its cars – from a rather stale styling to an imposing design language called parametric dynamics.

Let's look back at the design evolution of the Hyundai Elantra across two decades, with this infographic courtesy of Budget Direct Car Insurance.

First Generation (1990-1995)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

The first Hyundai Elantra was launched in October 1990 with an internal J1 code designation. Powered by a Mitsubishi-designed 1.6-liter straight-four, the Elantra was meant to compete with the compact sedans back then like Ford Sierra and Opel Vectra.

Second Generation (1995-2000)

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Hyundai transitioned to using its own engine for the second-generation Elantra (J2) in March 1995 – the Alpha II G4FK DOHC. By September, the first Hyundai Beta-series power plant was manufactured and sold for the European market, which was later offered to North America.

The second-generation Elantra deviated from the boxy styling of its predecessor, adapting to the design trend in the '90s. 

Third Generation (2000-2006)

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Codenamed XD, the third-generation Elantra was introduced at the beginning of the new millennium and was the first Elantra to be assembled in various Hyundai plants across the world. In North America, the Elantra was only offered with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. 

Fourth Generation (2006-2010)

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The completely revamped Elantra was introduced in 2006 at the New York Auto Show, codenamed HD. Hyundai introduced the "coke bottle" styling with this version of the Elantra, giving it more curves than its predecessors.

The Elantra HD was also the first to get a mild-hybrid version in South Korea.

Fifth Generation (2010-2015)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

The fifth-generation Elantra, codenamed MD in South Korea and UD in the U.S., was substantially bigger than the previous versions of the compact sedan. It debuted in North America at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Elantra UD sedan was crowned as the North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, beating the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Passat. 

Sixth Generation (2015-2020)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

Dropping the Fluidic Sculpture design language, the sixth-generation Elantra (AD) was more conservative-looking than its imminent predecessor. Hyundai also started using a massive grille for this version in line with the rest of the Hyundai crossovers that began taking prominence in the U.S. market.

Seventh Generation (2020-Present)

The Evolution Of Hyundai Elantra

The current-generation Hyundai Elantra was revealed on March 17, 2020 with a codename CN7. Bearing a new parametric dynamics design language, the seventh-generation Elantra looks sharper than ever and naturally more high-tech, adopting some tech features from the bigger Sonata.

The Elantra CN7 will be sold in the U.S. as a 2021 model. A hotter Elantra N is underway, making it more appealing for those who want more performance from the compact sedan.

Hyundai Launches Dynamic New Tucson with Best-in-Segment Features and Class-Leading Capabilities

·      Tucson is Hyundai Motor’s best-selling model globally and represents its vision for progressive design, eco-focused powertrains and advanced technologies
·      The fourth-generation model is available in both short and long wheelbases to meet the diverse needs of customers worldwide
·      It offers roominess, state-of-the-art digital experiences and an array of powertrains, including internal combustion, hybrid and plug-in hybrid


Hyundai Motor Company today launched the all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson. The fourth-generation compact SUV (C-SUV) is a global model, with a long-wheelbase variant and a short-wheelbase variant for meeting various customer needs.

The all-new Tucson is an important launch for Hyundai as the model is among its most popular, racking up global sales of more than 7 million units since its original launch in 2004. Hyundai expects the new model to attract even more customers with its cutting-edge design, roominess, class-leading digital capabilities, dynamic ride and handling and excellent fuel efficiency.

“We are thrilled to introduce the all-new Tucson, the latest model in Hyundai’s SUV transformation,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President, Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “This exciting vehicle sets a new benchmark for innovation in its segment, delivering an impressive blend of design, technology, packaging and performance.”

The all-new Tucson goes on sale in Korea in September as a 2021 model. It will go on sale in the U.S. and other global markets as a 2022 model starting from the first half of 2021.

Considering the global pandemic, Hyundai revealed the new Tucson online, inviting everyone who is interested in finding out Hyundai’s most progressive SUV ever. In response to the recent stay-at-home trend, the all-new Tucson’s world premiere press conference can be viewed at Hyundai.com and its social media channels, as well as Channel Hyundai, the company's recently launched global contents platform and interactive application for Smart TVs.


Parametric Dynamic Exterior Design, Serene and Spacious Interior

Tucson’s new exterior styling expresses Hyundai’s evolving Sensuous Sportiness design identity. The new SUV embodies what Hyundai designers call ‘parametric dynamics’ with kinetic jewel surface details that emphasizes Tucson’s distinctly different identity in a crowded segment. 

Tucson is designed to appeal to those who embrace the integration of technologies with their lifestyle; these tech-savvy consumers adopt the latest gadgets to enhance their lives. Tucson’s integration of technology and design is most evident in its innovative half-mirror type daytime running lamps (DRLs) that are assimilated seamlessly within the parametric grille, only revealed when illuminated. 

The kinetic design theme carries over to the rear where the full-width taillamp incorporates half-hidden triangular shapes that are only visible when lit, echoing the DRL on the front. In order to achieve the purity of this design theme, the Hyundai logo moved up and is integrated into the glass while the wiper also moves up and hides under the rear spoiler.

Tucson gasoline models offer the following seven exterior colors: White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, Nocturne Gray, Amazon Gray, Flame Red, and Intense Blue, six of which are new for Tucson. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models offer the following four colors: White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, and Intense Blue, three of which are new for Tucson. The SUV’s interior environments come in black or gray tones in either cloth or leather material.

Tucson’s interior, or ‘INTERSPACE’, offers layered, sensuous forms that provide a feeling of openness and serenity. This is a place where space, technology and information seamlessly blend. The broad ridge of the dashboard blends consistently with the doors, wrapping around front occupants like a deep gorge. The vertically oriented, fully integrated center fascia descends to the console like a waterfall. Twin silver garnish lines streaming from the center fascia to the rear doors harmonize neatly layered premium surface materials in complementary neutral tones. Ambient mood lighting is adjustable to 64 colors in 10 levels of brightness.

The interior offers three new technologies, including a vertically stacked, dual 10.25-inch full-touch screen exempt of hard buttons, a multi-air ventilation system and an open, hoodless digital gauge cluster. These features create a high-tech, fresh and exciting ambience, with cushioned materials on high-touch areas, various material applications based on the frequency of interface and a premium presence. Tucson’s second-row seats will feature fold-and-dive functionality for optimized reconfiguration capability between passengers and cargo. Its cargo volume will provide an exceptional 38.7 cubic feet of usable space.


Dynamic Drive, Ride and Handling

Tucson offers both Smartstream™ 2.5-liter, direct-injected, four-cylinder, gasoline powertrain and powerful 1.6-liter, turbo, direct-injected, hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrains. The 2.5-liter engine has an estimated output of 190 horsepower and an estimated torque rating of 182 lb.-ft. This engine is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission for excellent efficiency and acceleration.

The 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain produces an estimated 180 horsepower, with a combined powertrain output of 230 horsepower. It also produces 195 lb.-ft. of torque from the gasoline engine and 258 lb.-ft. of torque from the combined hybrid powertrain. This new powertrain uses Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology that manages valve opening duration for optimal power, efficiency and emissions with minimized compromise.

Tucson was tuned to deliver agility and stability. Hyundai applied its first-in-class E-Handling technology for HEV and PHEV models to help improve steering response and directional stability when cornering or in adverse driving conditions. Tucson drivers get further assistance from Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system that provides sure footing on various road surfaces and conditions. While HTRAC previously supported Eco / Comfort / Smart / Sport driving modes, the latest version adds Mud, Sand and Snow in some markets.

Tucson offers more safety features than ever. The Hyundai SmartSense safety feature suite includes: Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Blind-Spot View Monitor, Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Surround View Monitor, Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (RPCA), Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), High Beam Assist (HBA), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW). The all-new Tucson is available with advanced technology features including Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) Advanced Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop and Go and Safe Exit Warning (SEW).


Best-in-Class Digital Experiences

Compact SUV buyers expect a lot from their vehicles. For one thing, they expect to stay connected wherever we go, and Tucson provides this capability. Tucson offers best-in-class digital experiences that support diverse customer needs including connectivity.

To begin with, Hyundai’s Digital Key is an app that turns the customer’s smartphone into a smart key. It uses Near Field Communication (NFC) to detect authorized users, so they can operate their vehicle without a physical key present. Customers can lock and unlock their vehicle, activate the panic alert and start the engine and its climate control system from up to 90 feet away.

Tucson’s full-touch display—home to navigation, air and infotainment controls—demonstrates how technology can be seamlessly integrated to provide an ergonomic and intuitive user interface, including convenient voice control. Tucson’s technology integration reaches its apex with the top-trim model’s 10.25-inch full-touch navigation screen. The navigation system offers split-screen functionality that enables multi-tasking capabilities, coupled with enhanced voice recognition. 

Tucson offers advanced technologies that customers will appreciate whether driving to work or at play. Tucson offers an 8-inch color touchscreen coupled with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®. Customers can connect two phones simultaneously. Bluetooth allows driver and passenger to alternate between their playlists without disconnecting and reconnecting their respective phones. The BOSE Premium audio system provides high-quality sound. Thanks to enhanced connectivity with smart devices, customers can also check their schedules from inside the vehicle in conjunction with an external calendar app and setting their appointment as a destination.

Tucson’s new Car-to-home feature allows customers to control smart home appliances from the car. They can turn on the air conditioner at home before their arrival on very hot, humid summer days. Furthermore, Tucson’s new Multi-Command function allows customers to “warm-up the car”— including heating system, heated steering wheel and seat warmers—with a single voice command.

Hyundai benchmarked Tucson’s direct and indirect ventilation against sophisticated systems used on aircraft to provide next-level comfort. The climate system monitors air quality in the vehicle and purifies the air. It indicates real-time air-pollution levels on the Dual Automatic Temperature Control display window using the fine dust detection sensor. Tucson is the first model to feature technology that reduces moisture from the evaporator and keeps the air-conditioning system clean and free of odor helping to maintain a pleasant environment inside the vehicle. The Car-to-home and air purification features are available in select markets.

Tucson’s enhanced natural language voice recognition system includes Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies. In select markets, Blue Link is complimentary for three years and includes Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Destination Search by Voice.


Tucson N Line Goes Global

Hyundai has been introducing more N Line variants of its models in recent months, providing an attractive entry point to its high-performance N brand. Last year, the company introduced the Tucson N Line in the European market. For the all-new 2021 Tucson, Hyundai plans to offer N Line globally with a launch date to be announced later.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Shows Crazy Styling in Accurate Rendering

Hyundai's crossovers used to be as boring as unsalted potatoes. But the all-new 2021 Tucson promises to be shockingly bold as it tries to stand out in this incredibly competitive segment. Compact family CUVs are some of the best-selling vehicles in America. Most of them have a particular look, trying to pack as much elegance, ruggedness, or style as possible. That's how the RAV4 outsold the Camry and Corolla by almost 50% last year.

Meanwhile, Ford dropped nearly all its cars to focus on crossovers like the Escape. The all-new 2021 Tucson will have to compete with both the Toyota and the Ford, but has it got what it takes?

If we're to examine this accurate rendering by the Russians at Kolesa then the answer is a resounding "yes!" We've shown you numerous such images over the past few months, but this latest batch looks at the crossover from both angles.

All the major lines match those from a Korean rendering that's only two days old. In the past, we called this a "budget Lamborghini Urus," and still stand by that statement. No other vehicle in this class has tried to match the super-SUV in a battle of geometric shapes. It's even got similar fenders.

But the front is something else, The new Hyundai design language calls for narrow LED headlights connected to a grille that looks like it's 3D-printed. The back doesn't disappoint either, as the taillights are nothing like the boring rectangles of the past.

With sporty looks like this, it's not surprising that the people in charge of the N performance delivery will get to work on the car. We expect that an N-Line model will be offered, just like with the Hyundai Sonata. The output should be somewhere in the 250-300 horsepower range.

Normal models will be offered with either a new 2.5-liter or a 1.6-liter turbo. Europe's powertrains could be completely different. Only the 1.6-liter diesel and new 1.5-liter T-GDI with 160 hp are efficient-enough to comply with the latest regulations.

Source: Autoevolution.com

Hyundai Wants To Keep The Manual Hot Hatch Alive

Hyundai Wants To Keep The Manual Hot Hatch Alive

The population of manual hot hatches is dwindling, and that's not surprising at all since the demand for three-pedal performance cars is shrinking as well. Volkswagen has dropped the stick-shift option for the hotter Golf variants (the diesel GTD and electrified GTE) with both only using DSGs. Thankfully, the German marque has kept the GTI with a six-speed manual.

Honda and Ford have also kept their manual hot hatches, with the Civic Type R, Focus ST, and Fiesta ST all using six-speed manual gearboxes.

Hyundai, on the other hand, vows to not abandon manual transmission for its N cars, according to a report by Carsales.

"Where possible, we would continue to like to offer buyers the choice of a manual transmission for purists or the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission," said Hyundai product planner Howard Lam in the Australian publication's report.

We're not completely surprised by this, though. Hyundai refreshed the i30 N hot hatch this year and thankfully, its six-speed manual tranny is still intact in its list of options along with a new seven-speed dual-clutch.

The i20 N, on the other hand, is nearing its launch. Previous reports speculated that the pocket rocket will or will not get a stick shift, but now purist fans of the brand will be able to sleep knowing that the Korean marque isn't dropping the MT option.

However, Hyundai recognizes that the demand for manual transmissions isn't that high anymore. In Carsales' report, Lam said, "It’s hard to say what growth we will achieve, but we understand that our competitors who offer an automatic have achieved significant mix with those transmissions ... We’ll just have to wait. I would say more people will buy the auto than the manual."

Source: Motor1

Hyundai Is Making Bold Design Moves With The 2021 Tucson

The automotive world from Europe to Japan to Detroit had better not be caught resting, because Korea is coming for their lunch money. With grandiose and bold designs like the upcoming Tucson, Hyundai is proving that it’s out for blood in the compact utility segment. The visuals here are just teasers, but with big design features like the Saab-esque rear lights and sharp front LEDs, this thing is bound to look out of the ordinary.

The new Tucson won’t be officially unveiled until September 15th, but these dimly-lit teasers actually show us quite a lot of what to expect. Taking the bold and sharp lines of the new Elantra, Hyundai is continuing with this design theme that it calls “Sensuous Sportiness”. Whatever lame thing they call it, it worked really well on the Elantra and should translate well to this larger canvas. The new Tucson will be bigger and wider than the car it replaces, which has been a common theme with all nameplates going back to the 1980s. Hyundai says it will feature a longer hood and shorter overhangs on a longer wheelbase to provide a “coupé-like character” which is fine as long as they don’t drop the “-like”.

Perhaps even more interesting than the exterior is the brand new interior, which Hyundai is calling (all caps) INTERSPACE. It’s a minimalist take on the interior design that apes many upscale manufacturers. With a nicely split “dual cockpit” layout, the Tucson has a big honkin’ screen in the middle of the center stack for you to fiddle with, and a nice recessed gauge display in a low cowl. The ridge of the dash continues across the top of the door to give a nice seamless connected look to the interior

 This is an impressive departure from Hyundai’s traditional design, and should do well for the company. I suspect we’ll see a lot of these on the road very soon

Source: Jalopnik

Hyundai is spinning Ioniq off into its own subbrand

You've probably heard of Hyundai's Ioniq. I drove one not that long ago and thought it was a fantastic EV for the money, but Hyundai has big plans for Ioniq. The name, though -- not the model.

See, Hyundai announced plans to spin off the Ioniq name as a separate brand for its electric vehicles (a la Polestar and Volvo) on Sunday, but weirdly, the Hyundai Ioniq hatchback isn't being invited to the party. While that may seem a little odd, it's likely because the current crop of Ioniqs is only a year or two from needing a reboot anyway.

The Ioniq subbrand's first vehicle release will be called the Ioniq 5 (dull, I know) in 2021, and it will be based on the super handsome Concept 45 hatchback. I'm keeping fingers crossed that the production model is close to the concept, even if Hyundai calls the 5 a "midsize CUV (crossover utility vehicle)". After the Ioniq 5, Hyundai plans to release two other models over the next four years, specifically the Ioniq 6 sedan in 2022, based on the gorgeous Prophecy EV concept, and a large SUV called the Ioniq 7, which is slated for 2024.

"The Ioniq brand will change the paradigm of EV customer experience," said Wonhong Cho, executive vice president and global chief marketing officer at Hyundai Motor Company, in a statement. "With a new emphasis on connected living, we will offer electrified experiences integral to an eco-friendly lifestyle."

Interestingly, Hyundai has also confirmed that while Ioniq will be its own brand, it will be sold in Hyundai dealerships alongside regular Hyundai-branded models. This is a different approach than the brand took with Genesis. But it could work in the nascent EV brand's favor, with fewer costs being shouldered by the dealers, since, in theory, they won't need to build new buildings, etc.

The Ioniq brand made its official debut in London by turning the London Eye into a giant letter Q, which represents the first part of the brand's launch campaign, which it's calling, "I'm in charge." The campaign is meant to promote the empowerment of the environment and diverse lifestyles through the Ioniq brand. It seems like a tall order, but hey, we'll see.

Source: Cnet

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