After being caught off guard by the American public’s thirst for high-riding, commodious, all-weather autos, Hyundai’s planning to make up for misplaced time.
As a part of an effort we’ve recognized about for a yr, Hyundai laid its “construct extra crossovers” technique naked on Wednesday. Together with the subcompact 2018 Kona, which lands on U.S. shores early subsequent yr, the automaker will “debut” eight new or redesigned CUVs over the subsequent two years. Sadly, particulars are threadbare.
Going from Hyundai’s product timeline, the longer term lineup consists of (amongst others) a brand new A-segment crossover, a diesel mannequin, and an electrical. Already burned, Hyundai’s now masking its bases.
“Very quickly we’re going to have essentially the most various CUV powertrain lineup within the trade,” stated Mike O’Brien, vp of product, company and digital planning at Hyundai Motor America, in an announcement.
The automaker little question needs it may push the present timeline into the previous, as that’s when a scarcity of recent fashions started reducing into gross sales progress. Though the automaker simply recorded its greatest month for crossover gross sales within the U.S., it wasn’t sufficient to forestall an total gross sales decline. In October, Hyundai model gross sales sank over 15 %, year-over-year, with gross sales over the primary 10 months of 2017 now 13 % decrease than final yr.
We’ve heard a couple of potential A-segment providing earlier than, however the firm’s new promise units it in stone. It’s exhausting to think about one thing smaller than a Kona rounding out the underside of the lineup, because the Kona shaves 4 inches off the size of Mazda’s diminutive CX-Three.
Chatting with Wards Auto earlier this month, O’Brien stated any A-segment car would seemingly be all-wheel drive and pricier than the redesigned 2018 Accent. Hyundai apparently envisions one thing just like Kia’s boxy Soul for this section.
We all know from final yr’s plans redesigned, barely bigger Tucson is on the way in which, in addition to a butchier Santa Fe Sport and an entirely new midsize, three-row crossover to switch the Santa Fe. Each the A-segment and midsize CUVs ought to seem in mid- to late-2019. The 2 unidentified fashions showing in 2018 must be the subsequent Tucson and Santa Fe Sport. Becoming a member of these fashions subsequent yr is an electrical model of the Kona and a gasoline cell-powered SUV destined for (considerably) hydrogen-friendly California.
This leaves the mysterious diesel CUV to ponder. With all crossover segments (minus full-size) now lined, it’s potential the unnamed oil-burning mannequin in Hyundai’s timeline, resulting from debut in 2019, is the unibody pickup previewed by the Santa Cruz idea. That idea carried a 2.Zero-liter diesel powerplant. We realized earlier this fall that public response compelled Hyundai brass to green-light a mannequin just like the Santa Cruz.