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2020 Hyundai i10 N

2020 Hyundai i10 N

The Korean brand tackles the subcompact performance market with a new N model

The 2020 Hyundai i10 N is a higher performance version of the company’s third-generation hatchback. Set to be unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the tiny i10 will spawn a more powerful variant in 2020. At least that’s what the recent spy shots suggest. Our paparazzi spotted a slightly beefed-up i10 testing on public roads and we have reasons to believe that it will sport an "N" badge.

This will be the first time the i10 spawns a higher performance version. Although it’s been around since 2007, the i10 was never more than just a mundane city car with small engines rated at well below 100 horsepower. This could change with the third-generation model. Let’s find out more about it in my speculative review below.

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2020 Hyundai Kona PHEV

2020 Hyundai Kona PHEV

Supremely Efficient Subcompact Hyundai Crossover That Will Look Better Than Its Competition

Just after we saw spy photographs of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, the internet world provided us with photographs of the new Kona PHEV. The small Hyundai city crossover is already available in its gasoline, diesel, and electric guise. The upcoming PHEV will, most certainly, circle out the offering of the highly successful crossover. Caught on film (well, on an SD card really), somewhere in Germany, the new Hyundai Kona PHEV may even prepare us for the upcoming facelifted version of the same car. Before all of that, we have to get adjusted to the fact that small, classy, and fashion conscious crossovers are selling as hybrids like hotcakes. Just note the Toyota CH-R hybrid. We actually do know that the photographed Kona is a hybrid thanks to an eye witness of the photographer who said that it was filled up at a petrol station, but it drove off completely silent probably on electric power alone. Well, in that case, that makes this an “ear witness”, but what the hell!?

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2019 Hyundai i40 Wagon

2019 Hyundai i40 Wagon

Estate-style practicality, moving forward

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Hyundai i40 Wagon.

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Hyundai Sonata

There’s a new Sonata for 2018, and you need to see it!

At one time, Hyundai was one of the best econobox suppliers out there, bringing affordable and efficient vehicles to those who, quite honestly, didn’t have much to spend. Fast forward to today, however, and the brand’s evolution has brought it to a place where its cars are quite luxurious, comfortable, and a pleasure to drive. One prime example of that is the Hyundai Sonata, which has now gone through an extensive facelift for the 2018 model year, bringing about a new and more aggressive exterior look, a revamped, balanced interior, and some enhancements under the metal that include revised suspension and steering systems, a new transmission, and some new safety features as standard equipment.

When the seventh-generation model debuted for the 2015 model year, the Sonata featured DNA from the HCD-14 concept and a few cues from the Hyundai Genesis. It was a big departure from the previous model, but sales still dropped from 2014 to 2015. So, Hyundai went back to the drawing board and revised its Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language into what you’re looking at here today – a car that means business and looks good doing it. Will its new looks, updated interior, and revised suspension be enough to give models like the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Chevy Malibu a run for their money? Let’s takes a closer look and find out for ourselves.

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Hyundai's Mid-Engined RM16 Concept Caught Testing on the 'Ring

Hyundai’s Mid-Engined RM16 Concept Caught Testing on the ’Ring

Are we getting a production model?

Back in 2013, Hyundai announced the N division and promised to unleash a series of high-performance cars. The first is set to arrive by 2017 as the i30 N, but the Korean brand also showcased a few mid-engined concepts in recent years. The most recent one goes by the name RM16 and was unveiled at the 2016 Busan Motor Show in South Korea. Although the brand said that its RM concepts aren’t destined for production, what appears to be a camouflaged version of the RM16 was just spotted testing on the Nurburgring.

So is Hyundai now planning to unleash a super-hot, mid-engined hatchback on public roads? It’s impossible to tell at this point, but the RM16’s presence on the "Green Hell" says that Hyundai is indeed working on something big. But what could it be?

With RM16 Concept based on the Veloster, the first thing that comes to mind is that the company is preparing a high-performance version of the hatchback. It would make sense given that Hyundai is looking to expand its performance-oriented offerings. However, the test car is clearly using a mid-ship layout (check out the big vents in the rear fenders) and a mid-engined Veloster isn’t exactly feasible at this point. Granted, we’ve had mid-engined hatchbacks on public roads in the past — the Renault Clio V6 RS springs to mind — but is it a good time to bring such a vehicle to the market now?

Another scenario is that Hyundai could be developing a race-spec car, but the issue here is the fact that there is no racing series a mid-engined hatchback could be used in. The World Rally Championship is out of the question since it’s restricted to subcompacts. Of course, there’s always one-make racing programs to consider, but is it worth the investment? I’d say no.

What’s more, rumor has it the Veloster could be discontinued soon, which makes the RM16’s arrival at the ’Ring that much more strange. Perhaps Hyundai simply wants to set a Nurburgring record or something, but in this case why wrap the car in camouflage? I hate to admit it, but I have no clue as to what’s going on.

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2017 Hyundai i30 Begins Testing: Spy Shots

2017 Hyundai i30 Begins Testing: Spy Shots

The Hyundai i30, or the Hyundai Elantra GT as it’s called on U.S. shores, is entering its third generation for the 2017 model year, and it appears that testing for the new car in well underway at Hyundai’s European test center in Germany. Our photographers spotted this test mule recently, and though its wearing several layers of camo, there appears to be a fully realized car under it all.

Overall, the next i30 appears to have a more upright stance than the current model. Its new nose appears to be more blunt, and the new horizontally situated headlamps are dramatically different from the current ones. The creased accent line just below the side windows appears to be toned down as well. Like the current car, the next i30 will be available in several body styles, including a five-door (pictured here), sedan and possibly three-door and coupe configurations too.

The engine lineup will consist of an updated range of turbocharged, four-cylinder, gasoline and diesel engines. Current rumors also suggest the 2017 i30 will be the first car to get some sporty upgrades from Hyundai’s newly created N performance division. The i30 N variant should get more power (over 200 horsepower seems likely), firmer suspension and some visual tweaks to differentiate it from normal i30s.

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Hyundai Prius Fighter Caught Testing In Germany: Spy Shots

Hyundai Prius Fighter Caught Testing In Germany: Spy Shots

Since the iconic Toyota Prius hatchback launched in 2003, Toyota hasn’t really seen too much in the way of competition with the exception of the Honda Insight and Ford C-Max, and even then, those models probably haven’t cost the automaker too much sleep. With the fourth-gen Prius expected to debut later this year, Hyundai is hard at work coming up with a dedicated hybrid hatchback that can finally give the Prius a run for its money.

Codenamed the “AE HEV,” Hyundai’s new hybrid was recently spotted testing in Germany, and this car – along with its camouflage – doesn’t seem to have changed all that much since the prototype was last seen in January while being transported to the Arctic Circle. Those spy shots gave a unique vantage point of the hybrid’s undercarriage, but this latest round of spy shots shows some up-close details and even a quick shot of the interior.

Some of the more interesting design elements that can be made out from these photographs include horizontal grille slats, blue-tinted headlights and vertically arranged LED running lights. At the rear of the car, we can make out a similar vertical accent in the rear fascia, taillights that are positioned high on the body and what appears to be a big spoiler mounted to the liftgate. Normally, we would think this spoiler was just part of the camo to obscure the sleek shape of the car’s rear end, but the existence of a wide, LED brake light suggests this will be a production item.

It is believed that this new Hyundai model will ride on the same architecture as the next-gen Elantra, and it will pair a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Output is unknown, but to be competitive with the Prius it would almost certainly have to outperform the current Prius’ EPA fuel economy ratings of 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Takes its First Test on the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Takes its First Test on the Nurburgring

Introduced in 2012, the Veloster Turbo isn’t the nimble hatchback Hyundai was hoping for. At least not against more popular choices like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST.

That being said, we’re not at all surprised that the Koreans are revamping the compact for the 2015 model year. Spotted during testing for the second time the past week — this time at the Nurburgring track — the Veloster Turbo will adopt some of the styling cues seen on the recently unveiled 2015 Genesis, which our Mark McNabb took for a drive last month.

The visual updates will consists of an enhanced front grille, reshaped bumpers, and revised headlamps and taillights. It will also include a set of fancier, bi-color wheels for some added style. We’ve already seen the latter in the first batch of spy shots, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to gain access to the full pictures.

The cabin is another area that won’t remain untouched, with an updated Supervision Cluster to replace the current unit. The overall configuration of the interior isn’t likely to change much, but expect more soft-touch surfaces and options to appear.

Things shouldn’t change much under the hood, where the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine will continue to deliver 201 turbocharged horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Reveals its Interior

Spy Shots: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Reveals its Interior

It looks like today it’s been a pretty busy day at Nürburgring, as there are spy shots aplenty coming down the pipe. Even Hyundai took the next-generation Genesis out for some testing at the ’Ring and our spy photographers were able to catch its interior for the first time.

Also, the prototype caught testing was wearing lighter camouflage on the exterior, so we were able to see more of the new body, especially at the front and rear. As previously suggested, the second-generation Genesis will adopt a new exterior design language, with a grille similar to the one found in the new Genesis Coupe, new headlamps, a new bonnet and new bumpers.

The interior also looks updated, which helps Hyundai keep it fresh and in line with all of its top competitors.

You can expect the new-generation Hyundai Genesis to be unveiled by the end of 2013.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Caught Winter Testing

Spy Shots: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Caught Winter Testing

Even though the Hyundai Genesis was just refreshed for the 2012 model year, the company is already developing the next-generation.

While the first spy shots let us see the new Genesis out for some testing on European streets, this time the car was caught testing on an ice track in Northern Sweden.

The new-generation Genesis is codenamed "DH" and will be built on an updated version of the current rear-wheel-drive chassis. Thanks to a revised suspension, the Genesis will deliver a sportier drive, and for the first time, Hyundai will offer the Genesis with a four-wheel-drive system.

On the exterior, the 2014 Genesis received styling cues that will provide the sedan with a more dramatic look. Up front, you can see full-LED headlights; a wide, hexagonal grille opening, featuring horizontal grille bars; plus LED day driving lights framing the headlights.

Under the hood, the Genesis will include with an updated version of the current 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines. At launch, the two engines will be offered with an eight-speed transmission and a 10-speed transmission will also be in the works for a later model year.

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2014 Hyundai i10

2014 Hyundai i10

Hyundai recently released an updated version of the i10, but it looks like the company is already hard working on the next-generation i10. Our spy photographers have caught the first prototypes out for a testing session, and, as you can see, the car is heavily camouflaged so it is pretty difficult to see the changes the new i10 will bring.

Still, it is pretty easy to notice that the grille has become bigger in order to show the family face. The car’s general lines have been slightly updated, so now the i10 will feature a clearer side profile and a more sloping roof. At the rear, the lights seem to have received a horizontal position compared to the vertical lights on the current version. In the front bumper, the fog lights have an LED stripe above.

The new-generation Hyundai i10 will make its world debut in September 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Spy shots: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Caught Testing for the First Time

Spy shots: 2014 Hyundai Genesis Caught Testing for the First Time

First details on a second generation Hyundai Genesis surfaced at the beginning of the year, but since then nothing else was reported. At least not until today when our spy photographers caught the 2014 Genesis testing for the first time somewhere on the streets of Europe. The prototype caught testing is heavily camouflaged, but we can still see that things with the next Genesis are looking pretty awesome.

The model — codenamed "DH" — will be built on an updated version of the current rear-wheel-drive chassis minus a few hundred pounds. Hyundai will also add a revised suspension for a sportier drive. Under the hood, we will see updated versions of the 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines combined with an 8-speed transmission. Hyundai is also preparing a 10-speed transmission for a later model year.

On the exterior the next Genesis will look a little bit more dramatic than the current Genesis sedan. Up front we will see a wide, hexagonal grille opening, featuring horizontal grille bars. The headlamps will also be redesigned and they will offer full LED units.

The second generation Genesis will be unveiled sometime in 2013, with sales to begin as a 2014 model year.

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First Official Image of the 2013 Sante Fe

First Official Image of the 2013 Sante Fe

Hyundai was not shy about releasing a number of teaser images ahead of the Sante Fe’s official debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. They’ve spent the whole month of March bringing out these images and we’re just about fed up with the wait. Thankfully, we came across a little banner that helped us out on the journey. Say hello to the first official image of the 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe.

It may only be a few hours until the New York Auto Show officially opens it doors, but that was still too long to wait. After twelve years on the market, the SUV was well in need of a new generation. This new Sante Fe takes its design inspiration from the Veloster and the new generation i30. The car features Hyundai’s new Fluidic Sculpture design language, a set of new headlamps and taillamps, and a new set of 19-inch aluminum wheels.

The current model is offered with engines like a 2.4-liter gasoline engine with an output of 174 hp and 197 HP diesel engine capacity of 2.2 liter. For the new model, Hyundai will offer more power in out of a couple of four cylinder engines.

We’ll find out more about the 2013 Sante Fe as soon as New York opens its doors, so stay tuned!

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