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The road ahead for Hyundai
HYUNDAI Motor Co (HMC) will release a new vehicle each six months over the next three years, most of which will be heading Down Under. As this occurs, the Australian arm HMCA will also reintroduce some models it took from the market in 2003. Here’s what GoAuto understands is coming to Australia.


TUCSON
DUE in August, the smaller sibling to the Santa Fe soft-roader will be a crucial vehicle for the marque, starting below $30,000 and including a 2.7-litre V6 in the range. The base engine will be a 2.0-litre petrol, while a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel could arrive in 2005 if consumers take to the (2.9-litre) diesel slated for Terracan. A three-door version with removable soft/hard roof is also on the cards, based on the four-seater Neos-II concept shown in Tokyo last year.


SONATA
THE all-new NF Sonata arrives mid-2005 and will be a quantum leap over the current EF version. Sightings in South Korea last month show it will have a sleeker, sportier demeanour. It is larger than the current car and will be the first with the new ‘Theta’ series of inline four-cylinder engines. A 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre variant, both meeting the strict Californian Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) standards, are under consideration, along with an upgraded version of the current 2.7-litre ‘Delta’ V6.


SANTA FE
THE small-medium Santa Fe soft-roader has failed to strike a chord with Australians, something HMCA has to live with until a new generation model arrives in the first quarter of 2006. A facelifted version will be introduced in the fourth quarter of 2004, but the all-new Santa Fe is the one to watch. It will be bigger in all areas, include a third row of seats and take the vehicle into the medium segment to rival bona fide cross-overs such as Toyota’s Kluger. The wild exterior curves will be toned down while the engine should be the first in Australia with an all-new six-cylinder engine ranging from 3.3 to 3.9 litres. Odds are it will be a 3.8-litre V6.


TERRACAN
THE larger Santa Fe will eat into Terracan sales when it arrives in the first quarter of 2006, which could force HMCA to remove its harder-core all-terrain wagon from sale until an all-new version debuts late in 2006. This incarnation will be large enough to seat seven or eight people in comfort, and GoAuto sources indicate it will remain separate-chassis and become a direct rival to the all-conquering Toyota LandCruiser and Nissan Patrol. Before then, a 2.9-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel will be added to the current range in the first quarter of 2005.


ACCENT
THE E-cubed concept car revealed in Geneva in March shows the basic design of the next generation Accent, which is due for release in the second half of 2005. It will be larger than the current version and, like Sonata, have at least one version of the new aluminium ‘Theta’ engine being built in at least 1.8, 2.0 and 2.4-litre sizes. GoAuto has confirmation that two turbocharged versions are in development – a 1.8 and 2.2 – and that a high-output natural-breathing 2.0-litre engine is also in the works. Sedan, hatch and wagon versions are all anticipated. HMCA’s Theo van Doore said: "We believe Sonata will be like the Mazda6 was to Mazda and the Accent will be to us like the Mazda3 was to Mazda".


ELANTRA
WHAT then will become of Elantra? The answer from HMC at the moment is that it, too, will increase in size and, like Sonata and Accent, take on more Euro-flavoured looks inside and out. There should be a strong visual link to its smaller and larger stablemates, while the message on the interior is that it, too, will have softer materials, more textiles and aluminium-look details than is the case with current cars. Its release date should be within six months of Accent, in the first half of 2006.


GRANDEUR
THE large car was marched out of showrooms in 2003 – not for lack of sales, HMCA would have us believe, but as one of several models which were removed to give dealers a reprieve. The recently facelifted Grandeur was not taken for Australia, but the car will make a return as an all-new model – with a 3.8-litre V6 – here late in 2005. "The new Grandeur will be released as part of growth of our business when the marketplace can take it," said HMCA’s Theo van Doore. "I’ve actually seen the car – and it’s stunning."


ROADSTER
WITH a convertible version of the Tiburon coupe on the backburner – the next generation, with steel-roofed cabriolet, is due in 2007 – indications from HMC management in Seoul are that it is close to launching a roadster to rival Mazda’s MX-5 and Toyota’s MR2. It will be based on the HCD6 mid-engined two-seater shown in Chicago in 2001, which was closer to production than the radical NEOS concept shown in Paris the previous year. Nothing has been seen since, but HMC designer and senior vice-president Young-Il Kim indicated to GoAuto last month that the roadster was still at the front of the stove. “You can have an expectation for this,” he said.


TRAJET
THE seven-seat people-mover will make a comeback to the Australian market in August with some additional inducements, but HMCA realises it will never be a volume seller for the marque or able to quell consumer thirst for its South Korean sister, Kia’s Carnival. HMCA’s Theo van Doore said: "We’ve done some research, there is some definite demand for the car, it’s not meant to be a high-volume product but is meant to show the depth of the brand." The new generation is due in 2006, based on the NF Sonata platform.


UTILITY
IT’S no secret that HMC is building its own ute to take to the US, having been unable to secure something from Dodge (based on Ram or Dakota) through its now tenuous links with DaimlerChrysler. It will not be a full-size pickup truck but closer in size and outlook to Ford’s F150. Production in right-hand drive is still to be confirmed for the vehicle, which is due for release in the US in 2006/

And here is a link to the article. It's an Australian article, that's why it mentions the Terracan and Trajet (which could come here also, maybe).

http://editorial.carsales.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/39DF1C27FF23DDB4CA256E9200057D0A

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Good info on the Theta, good info about all the new cars, and interesting mention of a three door Tuscon. I love finding out more news about the new Hyundai releases.

Thoughts?????



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The 2.2 liter boosted Accent sounds tasty. I can't wait to see dyno results from that Theta engine.
 

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I just hope they bring those boosted engines to USA, and not just Austrailia.

XG with a 3.8L sounds awesome. Just hope it can match the HP standards of other large cars in US.
 

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Lots of good news. That roadster sounds interesting... and so does the turbo'd Accent.
 

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I wonder if anyone from Hyundai ever checks out some of the American Hyundai forums.

Who knows, maybe they're reading our comments and reporting to the head of product development:
"We're getting good responses from these guys in America!" ;)

Anyway, I forgot how ugly the HCD-6 roadster is though:


I'm sure the new roadster will look a lot different, let's hope it's for the better.
 

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Lets see, XD paid off in 2007... that should be just about right to give me a truckload of hyundai options :) Can't wait
 
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