Hyundai N Boss Keeps Throwing Shade At BMW, Now Accuses Bimmer As Being Too M Happy
Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann knows what it takes to build a range of performance cars. He did for years as the main man over at BMW’s M Division. But now that he’s switched from the M to the N, Biermann has taken great lengths to criticize his former employer every chance he gets. This time, Biermann didn’t mince his words, saying that BMW has resorted to slapping the M badge on every model it sees. Shots fired, again.
2019 Hyundai i40 Wagon
First revealed in 2011 at the Barcelona Motor Show for the 2012 model year, the i40 is Hyundai’s line of large family cars, offered in a number of body styles across multiple worldwide markets. Now, it appears as though there’s a new generation on the horizon, as spied in camouflaged test mule-form by our car paparazzi. Details are scant as of this writing, but read on for our take on what it might bring to the table.
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Hyundai N Could Build a Stand-Alone, Mid-Engined Hatchback After All
Ever since Hyundai release the i30 N hatchback into the wild, we’ve been itching to see anything and everything sporting an N badge. We now have the Veloster N, and there’s been some serious speculation about the Kona N recently. More recently we spotted the i30 N Sedan on the road, but now there’s hope that the mid-engined hatchback concept could make a comeback. I’m, of course, talking about the Hyundai RM Concept. Or, to be more specific, the RM14, RM15, and RM16 concepts, the latter two of which improved on the original but all stayed true to the mid-engine design.
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe N
Hyundai announced its high-performance N division back in 2013, and four years later it launched the first vehicle with this badge: the i30 N. With the Veloster N following in early 2018, everyone is now wondering which nameplate will get the next performance update. Some of the company’s crossovers will also get the N treatment, and word has it that the Kona and Tucson might be first in line. But, what if Hyundai also made an N version of the Santa Fe? The SUV looks quite sporty in standard trim, and those aggressive N features would turn it into a menacing hauler and a unique vehicle in the affordable market.
Although Hyundai did say that there are plans to create N-badged crossovers, these aren’t a priority for the Korean brand. The Santa Fe is probably even farther down the line, but it would be the best-looking SUV with the N badge. And, it would also be a reasonable proposition for the recently launched Ford Edge ST. Although the idea seems a bit far-fetched right now, the Santa Fe N could happen sometime in late 2019, after Hyundai unleashes similar versions of the Kona and Tucson. Until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what it might bring to the table in the speculative review below.
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The Hyundai i30 N Fastback was spotted in prototype form being put through the paces. It will be the second model to be worked over by Hyundai’s new N division (the i30 N Hatchback was the first) and will even feature the same engine and design cues. It will be much sportier than the standard fastback and should offer as much as 275 horsepower, all of which will be channeled through a six-speed manual transmission.
The Hyundai Santa Fe just entered a new generation, bringing about much better looks, nicer materials, more luxury, more room than ever, and an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission to go with it. With that in mind, we were highly impressed by the new exterior design, so we decided to honor the new Santa Fe by making it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve included our hand-picked favorite but also threw a gallery in at the bottom of this page to give you a wide selection if you’re like to make your own choice. Go ahead and check them out – there’s not much in life that is free, but these certainly are.
Hyundai Engineers Are Working Hard to Get a Green Light for the Kona N
The idea of a Kona N has been bouncing around, well, pretty much since the N sub-brand was announced. The shot callers over at Hyundai have yet to give the official green light, but Albert Biermann – the head of the N sub-brand – has given his people the okay to start working on a test mule. He hopes that a well-built test mule will give the head honchos something to believe in and ultimately get their okay to proceed with a real build.
“I’ve told them [the engineers] to build the car, and we’ll see what happens with getting it approved,” said Biermann. “It has to be the i30 N powertrain, really. Of course, we can give Kona different specifications on suspension and steering, although there are some common components we can use in that area as well, because it’ll be front-wheel drive, like the i30 N. But we already know that it has to be that car’s engine and gearbox for the Kona N, yes.”
With that in mind, The Kona N will probably be powered by the 247-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter from the i30 N. Sure, Hyundai could go with the 2.0-liter that’s tuned to 271 horsepower for the i30 N Performance Pack, but it isn’t likely – at least not at first. There’s no ruling out a hotter Performance Pack for the Kona N as well which would unlock that extra horsepower. There’s no word as to whether or not it’ll get that electric front differential from the i30N, but it’s not exactly out of the question either.
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but you can probably expect the Kona N to show up before the Veloster N or the i30 N Fastback. For what it’s worth, the i30N should have a refined suspension, refined steering, and transmission, so that’s what you should expect from the Kona N as well.
2018 Hyundai Le Fil Rouge
Hyundai is ready to look at the future as it reinvents itself and the Le Fil Rouge Concept is a display of how the Korean brand sees its destiny. It’s all-electric, it’s sleek, and it’s luxurious. How a model like this would wear a Hyundai badge and not a Genesis badge is a complete mystery, but the point is that Hyundai has high hopes and extreme desires. You can already see that the exterior is attractive and commanding, but inside you’ll find wood, unique styling, and heaps of technology. Oh, and like all cool-guy concepts these days, it has suicide doors as well. What else does the concept offer as far as vision goes and how much will make it to production? Let’s find out.
All Hyundai Dealerships Will Be Eligible to Sell Genesis Vehicles After All
Hyundai’s standalone luxury brand, Genesis, won’t be completely on its own when it launches its new dealership network in the next few years. Recent developments point to a U-turn when it comes to the automaker’s stance on current Hyundai dealers selling and servicing Genesis models in the near future.
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Hyundai Plotting a New Concept; Could Base the Next-Gen Sonata on the Le Fil Rouge
Two big pieces of news come from Hyundai today, courtesy of an interview with Autocar. Hyundai Styling Chief, Sang-yup Lee told the outlet that the “Russian doll” styling won’t work for the brand as there are just too many models globally and one look wouldn’t suit them all. This is in regard to the awesome styling of the recently revealed Le Fil Rouge, and the future of Hyundai styling in the near and long-term.
“You have a king, queen, bishop, knight – they’re all different, but they become a team when they’re all together,” said Lee. “This is our strategy. I call it a Hyundai look, not a family look.”
With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hyundai already has another concept in the works, and it will be more emotional. Lee sees it as a way to demonstrate how Hyundai’s new design can be interpreted differently. He said that if the Le Fil Rouge is the queen, then the next concept will be the bishop. So, you can expect to see something pretty radical from the Korean brand by the end of this year as it continues to move further and further away from the econobox history it once embraced.
Lee also added in that a new production car in 2019 would take a lot of design cues from the next Le Fil Rouge, which could be really good news. The next production car to come out of Hyundai could very well be the next-gen Sonata. It was introduced in 2015 but was facelifted in 2017. The last two generations had short life cycles (4 to 5 years, max) so 2019 would be the perfect time to showcase an all-new 2020 Sonata.
The Le Fil Rouge was one of the best-looking concepts at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and the Sonata would look quite nice with those stout lines and sporty presence, don’t you think?
2018 Hyundai i20
Hyundai first introduced the i20 in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show and brought the second generation to market in 2014. Framed as a B-segment, FWD supermini, the i20 is an affordable, small, practical transportation solution, offering decent gear and loads of space inside. Now there’s a refreshed model, and it’s bringing an updated line of gas-powered engines and some of the latest safety tech features.
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Hyundai’s China-only Lafesta Sedan Shows Where The Company’s Priorities Are
Hyundai is present at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, and it brought a small sedan that will be sold exclusively in the Chinese market. Called “Lafesta,” the sedan is primarily aimed at younger buyers in the Chinese market, a lot of whom should come to appreciate the sedan’s sporty styling and all the decked-out features that come with it.
Hyundai i20 Updated with Bold Design and New Tech, Including Dual-Clutch Gearbox
Redesigned in 2014 for a more modern, sportier look, the Hyundai i20 has just received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year. The upgrade is mild on the outside, but more comprehensive inside the cabin and under the skin, where new technology was added.