The Australian International Motor Show 2011 will see Hyundai Motor Company Australia present the all-new Elantra, the new standard for compact sedans. In addition, a line-up of forthcoming new models including the Accent sedan & hatch, the i40 wagon and Veloster will preview. The futuristic Blue2 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, powered by hydrogen will also be on display.
All-new Elantra demonstrates Hyundai’s ‘New Thinking. New Possibilities’ philosophy, delivering advanced safety technology, an efficient powertrain and contemporary styling. Designed at Hyundai’s North American Design Centre in Irvine California, Elantra exemplifies Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy. Creating the illusion of constant motion, flowing lines with a strong undercut feature are contrasted with muscular wheel arches and a seamless roofline. The result is a sleek aerodynamic on-road stance. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille and swept-back headlights give Elantra a compact athletic face.
Inside the all-new Elantra, Hyundai’s expertise in interior design and packaging are evident. The a new interior concept which embodies, a dynamic and futuristic direction which informs a striking and stylish cockpit, with a bold metal effect garnish originating at the crash pad and flowing to the console in a sculptured airstream-like contour. The combination piano-black and chrome finishes add a quality, high-tech feel to the interior of Elantra. The all-new Elantra will be available with a 1.8 liter MPI powertrain in three trim levels – Active, Elite and Premium mated with a 6-speed manual (Active only) or 6-speed automatic transmission.
Accent Sedan & Hatch
The all-new Accent sedan and hatch are stylish, sporty and sleek compact cars with a modern attitude. Accent differentiates itself from the segment by combining luxurious specification,
cutting-edge technology and advanced safety and performance. The underpinning this is the Hyundai concept of ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ which ensures stylish good looks and striking features.
Both the Accent sedan and Accent hatch will deliver a drive with a blend of power, efficiency, ride, handling and response. Fuel efficiency and low emissions are also key features of the Accents identity. Safety is a key priority for Hyundai, to adhere to this raft of active and passive advanced safety features will be standard on both the Accent sedan and hatch.
Accent sedan and Accent Hatch will be on sale in Australia August 2011.
The i40 is the company’s first mid-size vehicle to be developed specifically for the European market, with a package of powertrains, equipment and technology tailored for European tastes. The wagon is the first i40 body style to be introduced, with a sedan variant to be introduced globally later in 2011.
Designed and engineered at Hyundai’s R&D headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the i40 is the latest Hyundai model to have a European identity. Taking styling cues from Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language, i40 Wagon maintains signature features such as the hexagonal grille, which is flanked by two jewel-like headlamps. This gives a contemporary, confident look that is accentuated by the characterful lines that connect the front and rear of the vehicle, adding to the i40’s eye-catching, sophisticated style.
In line with Hyundai’s commitment to make premium products and features available to everyone, the i40 has a class-leading level of standard equipment. Among the specification are three segment ‘firsts’: heated and reclining front and rear seats; a heated steering wheel; and an active de-mist system that automatically detects and clears condensation on the windscreen.
The i40 wagon will be available for sale in late 2011.
Challenging conventional design theories, Veloster combines the style of a coupe with the functionality of a hatchback in a unique 2+1 door configuration. With a unique forward-hinged
third door for easy rear-seat access located on the passenger side of the car, the driver’s side has a single door.
Veloster features “Fluidic Sculpture” character lines, muscular wheel arches, body colour door handles and mirrors; and wraparound headlights and taillights. Veloster’s dynamic rear design has a distinctive glass hatch, dual center chrome exhaust tips, and black lower fascia complementing the assertive front fascia.
Veloster is powered by the all-new Gamma 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, the smallest Hyundai engine to use petrol Direct Injection. Direct injection technology helps deliver estimated highway fuel economy of up to 5.9-litres per 100kms, low emissions, and high reliability. The engines efficiency is further enhanced with the transmission pairing of either the standard six-speed manual or an all-new six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) developed by Hyundai. Australian specification Velosters will be fitted with the highest standards of safety equipment, including a new sophisticated Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system and full complement of airbags.
Veloster will go on sale in Australia in late 2011.
The concept vehicle Blue2 (read as “Blue square”) is the company’s first sedan-style Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) powered by hydrogen. It exemplifies Hyundai’s commitment to developing advanced eco-friendly technologies to contribute to a greener society, and to lead the auto industry in its pursuit of viable alternative fuel solutions. Blue2 is powered by a fuel cell electric system delivering power of 90kW (1.65kW/L) and fuel economy of 2.86km L/100km. The Blue2 is materialised in a sporty and luxurious style, a combination of futuristic, flowing designs and eco-friendly features.
State-of-the-art design and technology includes; conventional side mirrors replaced with side and a roof cameras, the exterior of the vehicle is monitored via LED screen panels fixed to the front and rear, a welcome system with automatic door opening, and tablet mounts for iPads or similar providing infotainment. Since launching the eco-friendly sub-brand ‘Blue Drive’ in 2008, Hyundai Motor Company has showcased a wide range of innovative eco-friendly models including hybrids, electric vehicles, and fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
Hyundai hopes to have its first FCEV vehicles available for sale 2014.