Sao Paulo 2012: Hyundai HB20x crossover

Sao Paulo 2012: Hyundai HB20x crossover image

Text: / Photos: Hyundai Press | posted October 23, 2012 16:50

Newest addition to Hyundai Brazil's HB family.

Hyundai Motor Brasil will be unveiling its latest Brazil-exclusive model, HB20X, tomorrow at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show.

The crossover vehicle, which will officially launch early next year, is part of Hyundai’s exclusive family of cars for Brazil, badged under the name `HB,’ which stands for Hyundai Brasil. Just last month, Hyundai launched the first member of its HB family, a hatchback version called HB20 while a sedan version is scheduled to debut in the first quarter next year.

“Hyundai invested years of research to identify the top values of Brazilian consumers and what standards they set when choosing new vehicles,” Hyundai Motor’s Vice Chairman Euisun Chung said during a speech at the motor show. “We are confident that the HB family will not only meet, but exceed Brazilian consumers’ expectations with its outstanding design, finish and flexible fuel support.”

The HB20 is basically a crossover version of the HB20 hatchback with some features that makes it unique, the front has a totally redesigned bumper with hexagonal grille but still follows the signature fluidic sculpture of Hyundai.

Black molding can be found around the body and has a higher ground clearance which is valuable features for more visibility and control on bad road conditions. The roof bars offer more flexibility for carrying extra weekend luggage, while the 15-inch dark gray alloy wheels complete the sporty image.

LC 200 rear

HB20X will offer Hyundai’s GAMMA 1.6 16V FLEX with 128hp engine featuring a Continuous Variable Vavle Timing and aluminum block, the most powerful in the category. Customers can choose between manual or automatic transmissions.

“Furthermore, with our new plant, Hyundai’s ultimate goal is to become a true partner of Brazil, a country that is dynamically emerging as a major force in the world’s economy,” Vice Chairman Chung said. “We aim to be a company that contributes strongly to Brazil’s industrial, economic and social competitiveness.”

Besides the unveiling of HB20X, Hyundai will also be introducing two new products for Brazil: The third generation Santa Fe and the new 2013 i30.

All HB models will be produced at Hyundai Motor’s new plant in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo state and sold through a dedicated dealer network.