Even as the world endures in lockdown, automakers still have a lot in store for us this year. One of them is Hyundai, and it seems they have seven new models coming in the next couple of months.
There will be two performance models, two, electric or electrified models, one facelift, and two all-new cars. The best part is, we know the launch months too.
The biggest news here has to be the all-new Tucson. Previewed as the Vision T late last year, the fourth-generation crossover will make its world premiere by August, conditions permitting of course. Little is known about its specifications at the moment but it could use some carryover engines from the current generation. That means it could use a 2.5-liter Theta 3 mill, a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, as well as a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. But given that Hyundai is keen to push hybrid and electrics this decade, we might just see a plug-in version of the popular crossover.
Another significant all-new model is the first-ever Genesis GV70. Also a crossover, it is slated for an October 2020 debut and will slot in below the flagship GV80. The GV70 serves as the mid-sized offering of Hyundai's luxury division and will likely have the same engine options as the G70 sedan. That means it could get a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo, 3.3-liter turbo V6, or 2.2-liter turbodiesel. Once it's launched, it will be facing off luxury crossovers such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Lexus RX, and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
On to the performance models and the Elantra (known as the Avante in its home market) will receive the N performance treatment come June. However, it isn't known if it will be like the i30 N which has nearly 300 PS, or will get a mildly-tuned 1.6-liter turbo with a little over 200 PS. One month after in July, it will be the debut of the Kona N. It will be their first high-performance crossover and the rumor mill suggests that it will get a 2.0-liter turbo with over 270 PS and all-wheel drive.
As for the rest, the Santa Fe facelift will be unveiled by May and usher in a hybrid model as well. It's likely that the hybrid powertrain will be similar, if not the same, to the Kia Sorento hybrid and by December, a plug-in hybrid Santa Fe will premiere. Last but not least is the Porter, which you may know as the H-100. The light truck gains an all-electric drive system and that version is now dubbed the Porter EV.