Redesigned Hyundai Elantra has arrived, new-generation 2022 Tucson and refreshed 2021 Santa Fe on the way.
IONIQ to become Hyundai’s electric vehicle sub-brand, with IONIQ 5 to be revealed in early 2021.
Accent, base Veloster and Veloster Turbo models dead in Canada.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the auto industry as a whole, some brands have turned out some pretty good sales numbers, and one of them is Hyundai.
Of course, the company hasn’t sold as many vehicles in the United States and in Canada as the previous year, but it did perform above the industry average. Consumers are interested in the new additions to their utility vehicle lineup, in which gains were recorded.
There’s still a lot to come, as the brand recently announced its intention to introduce a wide range of electric vehicles wearing the IONIQ badge, and it will soon dip into new market segments as well. Here’s what to expect from the Hyundai brand in 2021.
A new platform dedicated to EVs, called E-GMP, has been revealed in December, and it will serve as the main architecture for 23 models to be launched by 2025 through Hyundai Motor’s brands, which includes Kia and Genesis. The platform will feature 800-volt charging capability, allowing for 80% recharges in 18 minutes and a 100-kilometre charge in five minutes. The IONIQ 5 crossover will be unveiled in early 2021 with styling inspired by the Hyundai Concept 45 show car.
It’s been circulating on the web for some time now, and spy shots have leaked as well, but the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup should finally be officially revealed sometime in 2021, as it’s pegged as a 2022 model. It will be the brand’s first foray in the pickup truck market in North America.
The Hyundai Accent sedan is still available in the United States with a 1.6L inline-four engine, good for 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque, matched to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Accent gets no changes for the 2021 model year. Meanwhile in Canada, the Accent hatchback—the only body style available for 2020—has been dropped from the lineup entirely.
Thoroughly redesigned for the 2021 model year, the Hyundai Elantra gets edgy new styling, a new optional hybrid powertrain and even an upcoming performance-minded Elantra N that has yet to be officially revealed. The Elantra keeps its 147-horsepower, 2.0L four as the base engine, while the hybrid relies on a 1.6L four and an electric motor for a combined output of 139 hp and 195 pound-feet. The Elantra N Line will get the company’s 201-hp turbo 1.6L four, and the Elantra N will boast 276 hp from a turbo 2.0L engine. The five-door Elantra GT has been discontinued for the North American market.
The Hyundai IONIQ received a refresh for the 2020 model year with styling changes and an updated interior. The IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants keep their 139-hp powertrains, but the 134-hp fully electric version received a bigger battery pack for increased driving range. The only change for 2021 is that Amazon Gray replaces Summit Gray.
Slow sales are to blame for the Hyundai Veloster’s 2021 lineup in Canada, which is reduced to only the Veloster N, which is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L four developing 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. However, a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission is now available alongside the standard six-speed manual gearbox, in addition to lightweight sport seats with illuminated N logos as well as active safety features. The U.S. market keeps the other Veloster variants, which offer a 147-hp 2.0L four and a 201-hp turbo 1.6L four.
The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned for the 2020 model year, and enters the new model year a few new extra features, in addition to the availability of a new N Line variant equipped with a 290-horsepower, turbo 2.5L four. Base trims get a naturally aspirated, 191-hp 2.5L engine, while uplevel versions rely on a turbo 1.6L four with 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and the Sonata Hybrid’s gas-electric powertrain produces a combined 192 hp.
Fresh off the boat for the 2020 model year, the Hyundai Venue is a front-wheel-drive urban crossover that’s offered with a 121-horsepower 1.6L four and a continuously variable automatic, although the Canadian market keeps the six-speed manual in the base trim level that has been shelved in the U.S. for 2021. The Venue gets minor equipment changes for the new year, one of them being the addition of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In the U.S., the popular Hyundai Kona gets a new Night Edition trim offering a gloss black exterior, 18-inch RAYS black alloy wheels, black cloth upholstery and the uplevel 175-horspower turbo 1.6L engine. Meanwhile, Canada gets the Kona Urban Edition package with 18-inch BBS wheels, front and side skirts and a two-tone roof, available on the Trend trim level with the turbo engine. More-affordable variants of the subcompact crossover rely on a 147-hp 2.0L four. The Kona gets a little less colourful for 2021 as the Lime Twist and Sunset Orange paints and interior trimmings are dropped. The Kona Electric moves into the 2021 model year with no changes, still boasting 201 hp and 291 pound-feet from its EV system. We can expect a mid-cycle refresh for the 2022 model year, which will add an N Line variant.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is unchanged compared to previous model year, but an all-new 2022 Tucson debuted in September, and it too will be available with a sporty N Line trim level. The compact crossover gets a fresh new exterior and reworked cabin with a 10.25-inch infotainment system. The standard engine will be a 2.5L four developing 190 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed automatic and optional AWD, while hybrid and PHEV variants are planned as well. The latter will boast 261 horsepower, and should arrive in North America before the end of 2021.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a significant mid-cycle refresh that brings front- and rear-end styling changes, along with new interior trim, available Nappa leather upholstery, a standard eight-inch infotainment touchscreen and an optional 10.25-inch unit as well as a 12.3-inch digital driver instrument panel that’s offered on uplevel trims. A new 191-hp 2.5L four serves as the base engine, while a 277-hp turbo 2.5L four is the performance upgrade. A new hybrid powertrain arrives with a combined output of 225 horsepower as well as standard AWD, which is optional in other variants. A Santa Fe PHEV should arrive near the end of 2021, too.
The Hyundai Palisade received a lot of attention as it launched for the 2020 model year. The three-row midsize crossover begins its second year on the market with a new range-topping Calligraphy edition and equipment and option package reshuffling. The Palisade features a 3.8L V6 with 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque as well as a front-wheel drivetrain, while AWD is optional.
Last but not least, the hydrogen fuel cell Hyundai Nexo gets no changes for the 2021 model year, which is still available in limited markets where refuelling infrastructures are in place, such as California, British Colombia and Quebec, for example.