In case you didn’t know, Hyundai has named its dedicated Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) lineup brand “Ioniq”, which is actually the name of the model’s hybrid car that we’re familiar with.
However, the Ioniq which we have is ancient history as far as Hyundai is concerned, and the Ioniq name has already gone to the next level. In fact, the brand has just unveiled the first teaser image of the upcoming Ioniq 5 midsize SUV, the first model under the Ioniq brand.
On the exterior, the Ioniq 5’s signature design elements will include Parametric Pixels, the smallest unit of digital imaging, as well as its eco-friendly Colour Material Finish (CMF) direction that connects the analogue with digital emotions, showcasing the IONIQ brand’s timeless design value.
The Ioniq 5 is also the first Hyundai vehicle to feature a clamshell hood that spans the entire width of the car, thus minimizing panel gaps and creating a clean and high-tech overall look.
Aero-optimized wheels further echo the Parametric Pixel design theme, offered in a super-sized 20-inch diameter, the largest rims ever fitted to a Hyundai EV.
“The Ioniq 5 presents an all-new customer experience through innovative EV design that is evocative of the icon that established Hyundai’s design DNA,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. “Beginning with IONIQ 5, our dedicated BEV lineup brand will redefine the relationship between people and their cars, establishing a new standard against which all BEV design experiences will be measured.”
Hyundai Motor has also released four teaser videos to spark curiosity about the new model, each presenting viewers with a sneak peek at IONIQ 5’s core technologies, raising expectations for the company’s dedicated BEV lineup brand and its first entry.
Three ‘Ultimate Camping’ videos show a camper using various electrical appliances powered by IONIQ 5’s Vehicle to Load (V2L) technology that functions as a general power supply (110/220V). In each video, the camper is seen using IONIQ 5’s 3.5KW of V2L-supplied power to roast a turkey in a large oven, listen to music on high-end audio speakers, and exercise on a treadmill—all at a camping site.
The ‘5 Min Challenge’ video highlights IONIQ 5’s ultra-fast charging capability that enables it to drive more than 100km with only a 5-minute charge (WLTP Standard). To showcase this extraordinary performance, a movie trailer-style challenge was set up featuring IONIQ 5 and three devices—a smartphone, laptop and action camera—that were each charged for 5 minutes and competed to be the last to survive.
Beginning with these videos, Hyundai Motor plans to release even more engaging content that highlights the enhanced lifestyle that new IONIQ 5 customers will experience.
That being said, the Ioniq 5 will debut on a virtual world premiere event in February 2021.
If you happen to own a vehicle from a brand under Sime Darby Motors Malaysia, and it is no longer under warranty, finding genuine parts a competitive price will no longer be an issue. Here’s why…
Sime Darby Motors Malaysia (SDM Malaysia) has teamed up with SpareXhub, in its ongoing efforts to further digitalize the customer experience to offer vehicle owners an additional avenue to purchase genuine automotive spare parts at highly competitive prices.
“This collaboration is a good example of how we consistently innovate and leverage on technology partners to enhance the customer journey, especially in the face of the current pandemic limiting in-person experience.
It is also in line with our digital transformation plan to have end-to-end digital solutions by allowing contactless orders, payment and delivery, for an improved customer experience.
Car owners, especially those without manufacturers’ warranties, can now have peace of mind when purchasing genuine spare parts from SpareXhub in a market that is flooded with original equipment manufacturer (OEM), aftermarket and used parts,” said Managing Director of SDM Malaysia’s Retail and Distribution arm, Jeffrey Gan.
“The digital transformation in the automotive industry is certainly opening up new opportunities for us. This collaboration will not only expand our digital outreach to customers with selected post warranty models, it will also cater to stockists and independent workshops who register on the online store at www.sparexhub.com,” he added.
The collaboration with SpareXhub, a genuine spare parts e-commerce platform owned by ACS Pentas (Asia) Sdn Bhd gives customers the ability to source, order and purchase original automotive spare parts of their preferred brands via a one-stop contactless platform from the comfort of their home or office, and at unbeatable prices.
Besides the benefit to customers, SDM Malaysia stands to gain operational efficiency by freeing up warehouse space and better management of parts inventory by increasing stock turnover and reducing obsolescence.
Hyundai has unveiled its new rear-wheel driven Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), a dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform which will serve as the core technology for Hyundai Motor Group’s next-generation BEV line-up.
The platform will not only underpin a range of new Hyundai BEVs like the Ioniq 5; but also Kia’s first dedicated BEV which is coming in 2021.
Customers will also be able to choose between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations as models with the latter can be equipped with an additional motor.
The all-wheel drive system includes an EV transmission disconnector that can control the connection between the additional motor and front wheels, and switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive modes to enhance efficiency by offering the ideal level of power or performance for current driving conditions.
Designed exclusively for BEVs, the E-GMP platform provides various advantages compared to the Group’s existing platforms that have each been engineered predominantly to accommodate internal combustion engines. Benefits include increased development flexibility, powerful driving performance, increased driving range, strengthened safety features, and more interior space for occupants and luggage.
According to Hyundai, the E-GMP platform is engineered to offer improved cornering performance and driving stability at high speed. This is due to optimal weight distribution between front and rear, a design that enables a low centre of gravity thanks to its low-mounted battery pack, and the adoption of electric motors located in the space previously occupied by an engine.
The high-speed electric motor raises the driving performance of E-GMP vehicles with a five-link rear suspension system that is typically used for mid- and large-sized vehicle segments, and the world’s first mass-produced integrated drive axle (IDA), that combines wheel bearings with the drive shaft to transmit power to the wheels, enhance ride comfort and handling stability.
The platform also promises to maximise interior space through its long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs and slim cockpit module. With the battery pack mounted beneath the floor, the E-GMP creates a flat floor for the cabin. This provides more legroom for passengers, while enabling various arrangements for the front and rear seats.
As far as charging goes, the E-GMP comes with 800V charging capability as standard and enables 400V charging without additional components or adapters. The multi-charging system is a world’s first patented technology that operates the motor and the inverter to boost 400V to 800V for stable charging compatibility.
A BEV based on E-GMP is capable of a maximum range of over 500km with a fully charged battery. It can high-speed charge up to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes and can add up to 100km of driving range in just five minutes.
The new V2L function can supply up to 3.5kW of power and operate a mid-sized air conditioner unit and a 55-inch television for up to 24 hours.
As we reported earlier, Hyundai is going all out with its product offerings. Not only is the brand planning to launch 12 new SUVs globally over the next couple of years, but also to take its ‘N’ performance brand to the next level with a few new models.
With the big plan already well in motion, Hyundai is teasing new models almost on a weekly basis, with the latest being its new crossover SUV destined for Europe, called the Hyundai Bayon.
The Bayon will join the Tucson, Kona, Nexo, as well as the Santa Fe in Europe. Interestingly, the Tucson, Kona, and the Santa Fe are also being sold in Malaysia, so, we cannot entirely disregard the possibility of the Hyundai Bayon coming to Malaysia.
However, nothing is certain for now as all we have is a teaser image of the Bayon’s taillight and the model’s name.
All set to be sold in the first half of 2021, the Bayon is a completely new model which will be competing in the B-segment SUV market against models like the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, and the Mazda CX-3 among others.
Named after a city in the southwest of France called Bayonne, the Hyundai Bayon will be Hyundai’s entry level SUV model as far as the European market is concerned.
Since the model looks like it could make its global debut any time, watch this space for more updates on the 2021 Hyundai Bayon.
Hyundai Motor announces name of its all-new SUV: Hyundai Bayon
Leatherhead, 25 November 2020 – Hyundai Motor has revealed the name of a new crossover SUV model: Hyundai Bayon. Coming to the European market in the first half of 2021, Bayon will be a fully-new model and an important addition to the current Hyundai SUV line-up.
“Hyundai is strongly established in the European SUV market already, in terms of our model range as well as our sales success,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President of Marketing & Product. “By launching a new, additional B-segment model as the entry point into our SUV line-up, we see a great opportunity to cover European customers’ demand even better and to increase our offering in a highly popular segment.”
Hyundai Bayon will join the Kona, Tucson, NEXO and Santa Fe, becoming the latest member of the Hyundai SUV line-up in Europe.
The name Bayon was inspired by the city of Bayonne in the southwest of France. As Hyundai Bayon is primarily a European product, Hyundai decided to name it after a European city. Positioned between the Atlantic coast and the Pyrenees mountains, the French town is a great location for those who enjoy activities such as sailing and hiking, fitting with the lifestyle character of the new model.
During the last 20 years, the company has frequently taken inspiration from locations around the world to generate some of the best-known nameplates among SUVs. These include not only the Tucson and Santa Fe, named after cities in the states of Arizona and New Mexico respectively, but also the Kona – whose name is derived from the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even the pioneering fuel-cell electric vehicle NEXO has a geographic connection, taking its name from Nexø – one of the largest towns on the popular Danish holiday island of Bornholm.
More details about the Hyundai Bayon will be revealed soon.
Just like how Honda has Mugen, Toyota has its Gazoo Racing range, and Volkswagen has its R and R-Line models, Hyundai has the ‘N’ brand for its performance oriented models, and looks like the Korean carmaker is all set to take the sub-brand to a whole new level with cars like the one we’re looking at now – the 2022 Tucson N Line.
Throughout the year 2022, a total of seven new N and N Line Hyundai models are slated to be unveiled, but looks like we won’t have to wait that long to get a glimpse at these exciting models as the brand has already released a few teaser images for the upcoming Tucson N Line yesterday.
From what we can see, the Tucson N Line will offer aggressive and distinctive exterior design features and differentiating interior details versus the regular Tucson which already looks darn good.
In an effort to further distinguish the Tucson N-Line from the regular Tucson, Hyundai says that it will introduce unique equipment and colour selections for the SUV that is expected to be available in selected markets worldwide as soon as mid-2021.
Hyundai today revealed teaser images of its exciting Tucson N Line model, an important addition to its all-new 2022 Tucson SUV line-up.
The Tucson N Line is a key model in Hyundai’s plans to expand its N brand portfolio to seven models in various segments through the 2022 calendar year.
Hyundai’s plan includes three image-leading purist N models such as Veloster N and Elantra N, as well as N Line models, including Sonata N Line, Elantra N Line and Tucson N Line.
The N brand strategy offers a steady cadence of sensational new N performance models to satisfy enthusiasts of all kinds.
Besides the much anticipated Kona, Hyundai Sime Darby Motors Malaysia today also launched the all-new 8th generation Hyundai Sonata.
Built on an entirely new platform, the all-new Hyundai Sonata is only available in the SmartStream G2.5 version which is priced at RM206,888. HSDM is offering the first 50 Sonata units at a special introductory price, inclusive of tax savings, of RM189,888 (Peninsular Malaysia, on the road excluding insurance).
The new-generation Sonata is the first sedan designed with Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language, featuring a newly designed Digital Pulse Cascading Grille that spans from the front of the new Sonata, finishing at the innermost points of new combination headlamps.
A chrome line flows from the wing mirror, right around the side passenger windows, and returns to the front of the car by running down the length of the hood and ending at a sharp right angle beneath each headlight. This chrome strip features graduated LED Daytime Running Lights embedded with Hidden Lighting Lamps.
Also a first for a Hyundai vehicle, Hidden Lighting Lamps are a design innovation that incorporates state-of-the-art lighting technology, forming the Sonata’s light architecture. The Hidden Lighting Lamps appear to be chrome when switched off and become dramatically lit when turned on.
Key details include a trunk spoiler and black side skirts along the lower flanks. The car’s overall height has been lowered an inch to enhance the sporty profile even further. It comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, each with a design that suggests forward motion even when stationary.
At the rear, a wide horizontal line extends across the centre of the trunk, stretching to the edges of the car. This line is actually a long LED strip that connects each brake light, creating a striking visual impression at night.
Inside the cabin, highlights include a first-in-class 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster which is customizable to suit different driving modes and preferences. At the centre of the dashboard, a large, 8-inch HD screen enables occupants to interact easily with the audio-video and navigation (AVN) functions. This screen can also accommodate a split-screen function that allows audio and navigation to be displayed simultaneously.
Other standard features include a sunroof, electric parking brake, smart trunk, wireless smartphone charging pad with cooling fan, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and split-folding rear seats.
There is also a HUD that offers improved visibility in different lighting conditions, a Blind-Spot View Monitor, and a Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) system. Passengers benefit from a six-airbag set-up along with a suite of safety other features such as the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Brake Assist System (BAS) and the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).
Power comes courtesy of a new Smartstream 2.5-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that makes 180 hp and 232 Nm of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission. Gear selection is controlled by a new Electronic Shift Button (shift-by-wire) selector that makes for safer, more precise and fool-proof gear changes.
The all-new Sonata comes in a choice 6 exterior colours namely, White Cream, Shimmering Silver, Nocturne Grey, Oxford Blue, Midnight Black and Flame Red.
While the Oxford Blue and Flame Red exterior colours are matched with the black leather interior; Shimmering Silver exterior colour with the Greige two-tone leather interior, the White Cream, Nocturne Grey and Midnight Black exterior colours are matched with the Camel two-tone leather interior.
Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) today launched its latest B-segment Compact SUV – the Kona, which will be competing with the Proton X50, Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, as well as the Mazda CX-3.
The Kona is available in three variants:
Hyundai Kona 2.0-liter Nu MPI Standard – RM123,888
Hyundai Kona 2.0-litre Nu MPI Active – RM138,888
Hyundai Kona 1.6 Turbo – RM151,888
For a limited time only, HSDM is offering a special introductory price, inclusive of tax savings, of RM115,888 for the 2.0 KONA, RM130,888 for the 2.0 Active and RM143,888 for the 1.6 Turbo variant (Peninsula Malaysia, on the road excluding insurance) . The Kona is also entitled to a five-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty.
On the exterior, the Hyundai Kona features Hyundai’s new family identity, comprising the cascading grille with a sporty mesh pattern, flanked by flared, wing-like fenders that dominate the front visage.
It’s further enhanced by a composite headlamp design, with high-efficiency LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps are in a separate configuration, surrounded by protective skin that begins at the C-pillar garnish.
Customers can choose between colours like Chalk White, Lake Silver, Phantom Black, Pulse Red and Ceramic Blue. The 1.6 Turbo on the other hand, gets black colour-contrasting roof. providing high contrast between the body, roof and wheels for a distinctive
While the 2.0 Active and 1.6 Turbo variants are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, the 2.0 basic variant is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the Kona comes with contrasting coloured seatbelts and interior trims. The Grey coloured interior trims and black seatbelts are matched with the Lake Silver, Phantom Black, Blue Lagoon and Ceramic Blue exteriors while Red seatbelts and Red interior trims are paired with the Phantom Black and Pulse Red exteriors; and Lime seatbelts and Lime interior trims are paired with Chalk White.
The infotainment system display incorporates features a floating seven-inch touchscreen which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. In the high-spec 1.6 Turbo variant, there is also a Heads-Up Display system and smartphone wireless charging which is a segment-first feature.
Both the 2.0 Active and 1.6 Turbo variants get Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW) systems, but exclusive for the latter are features like the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).
Last but not least, the 2020 Hyundai Kona is offered with two powertrains – the 2.0-liter Nu MPI engine and the Gamma 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine.
While the 2.0-liter Nu MPI engine generates 149 hp and 180Nm of torque, the 1.6 Gamma T-Gdi generates 177 hp and 265 Nm of torque. The turbo engine is coupled to a seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission (DCT), while the 2.0 variants get a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Hyundai Motor has revealed its latest high-performance model, the all-new i20 N, a racetrack capable hot hatch inspired by the i20 WRC rally car.
The latest model joins the i30 N and i30 Fastback N among Hyundai’s high-performance line-up to satisfy performance-oriented enthusiasts.
The all-new i20 N has its roots in motorsport. It is inspired by the i20 Coupe WRC, a rally car based on a highly modified version of the road-going Hyundai i20, and thus has the same weight as the minimum weight required in FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
The exterior design of the model emphasises its high-performance nature by combining elements of Hyundai’s rallying heritage with the company’s latest Sensuous Sportiness design identity, which creates an emotional appeal for drivers.
It adds aerodynamically functional forms to the sporty and dynamic styling of its base model, the class-leading Hyundai i20, such as a 10 mm lower ground clearance.
The front is dominated by the front bumper with a larger air intake for the turbo engine. The wide radiator grille with N logo features a unique pattern inspired by a chequered flag, underlining the all-new i20 N’s racetrack capability.
Below the grille, a lip spoiler featuring Tomato Red accents further enhances the model’s performance-oriented design. This colour extends to the new side skirt and the rear, emphasising its width. Meanwhile, unique side sills reinforce the link between the front and rear of the car.
At the rear, a distinctive WRC-inspired roof spoiler enhances downforce and underscores the aerodynamic nature of the all-new i20 N so that it is fun to drive on any road and helps maintain stability even at high speeds.
A rear bumper with built-in diffuser-like elements and triangular rear fog light echo the iconic light shape found on the i30 N and i30 Fastback N. In addition, a big single exhaust emphasises the high-performance potential of the engine.
Other design highlights include front LED headlamps, while the darkened tail lamps resemble a black diamond. The all-new i20 N’s sporty credentials are further accentuated by its bespoke 18‑inch alloy wheels with a grey matte finish and N-branded brake callipers.
The all-new i20 N comes in six exterior colours including the N signature Performance Blue livery, which is exclusive to Hyundai N models, and an optional Phantom Black roof for a two-tone style. Additional Tomato Red accents further emphasise Hyundai’s motorsport DNA.
Inside, the all-new i20 N features dedicated sport seats with an integrated headrest that are unique to the all-new i20 N, as well as N steering wheel and N gear knob and sporty N metal pedals. The black interior features Performance Blue accents throughout and all‑black head lining.
The digital cluster and AVN screen include features such as the variable LED red zone, which varies according to engine oil temperature, and the shift-timing indicator, which shows the driver the best time to switch gears.
The all-new i20 N is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged GDi engine with a six-speed manual transmission (6MT). This engine is the first of a new generation to feature in a European Hyundai model, and delivers a maximum output of 204 PS and a maximum torque of 275 Nm for ultimate power delivery.
With 1,190 kg of weight just as the i20 Coupe WRC, the power-to-weight ratio is one of the best in class. The all-new i20 N delivers a maximum speed of 230 km/h, and can go from 0‑100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.
Other motorsport-inspired features include an electric sound generator, variable muffler control for the perfect exhaust sound, as well as left-foot braking calibration, a brake pad wear indicator (PWI), and dedicated 215/40 R18 Pirelli P-Zero ultra-high-performance tyres with “HN” mark (standing for “Hyundai N”).
Hyundai’s engineers have retuned and refined the regular i20’s chassis, suspension, brakes and steering in order to deliver more agile ride and handling so that the all-new i20 N is capable of handling the thrills of the racetrack.
The all-new i20 N is equipped with Hyundai SmartSense Advanced Drivers Assistance System features and complies with the highest European safety standards. This includes features such as Forward Collision Assist City / Interurban / Pedestrian (FCA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW).
The all-new i20 N comes with an optional 10.25-inch LCD touchscreen navigation system with dedicated N content, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is also available with the latest version of Bluelink, Hyundai’s state-of-the-art connected car services. This offers a wide range of Connected Car services such as Hyundai LIVE Services, Connected Routing and Last Mile Navigation, as well as remote features via the Bluelink smartphone app. Bluelink comes with a free five-year subscription.
The all-new i20 N will be available across Europe from spring 2021.
Hyundai Sime-Darby Motors (HSDM) has announced plans to launch the Hyundai Kona, Compact SUV in Q4 of 2020 and is inviting interested parties to place their bookings at any Hyundai showroom starting today.
The Kona will be a Complete Built-Up version fully imported from Hyundai Motor Company’s (HMC) Ulsan plant in South Korea. With the arrival of Hyundai’s Kona, the company has a total of three SUVs in its range, which includes the Tucson and the Santa Fe. The Kona rides on an all-new Compact SUV platform and it is also HSDM’s first B-segment SUV, targetted at consumers with active lifestyles.
Named after the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Compact SUV continues Hyundai’s new design identity with an expressive and powerful front dominated by the cascading grille, the company’s signature look. The Hyundai Kona’s “urban smart armor” exterior styling features a voluminous, aggressive body complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments.
Other features include separated type composite light with the LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights, and as is characteristic of SUVs, the elevated seating position provides better visibility for drivers. A new feature is the head-up display projecting key driving information directly in the driver’s line of sight.
“We are excited about the launch of the Kona as it’s an entirely new product for us in this segment and we are reassured of a good response for the Kona. The Compact SUV is in great demand not only in Malaysia but globally as well,” said Mr Low Yuan Lung, Managing Director of HSDM.
First launched in Korea in 2017, Hyundai has sold more than 600,000 units of the Kona worldwide up until July 2020 (excluding HEV and EV variants).
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 100% sales tax exemption on new CKD cars and 50% exemption for CBU models until the end of the year, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors has revised the price list which is applicable only to 2020 models.