Hyundai is stepping up its vehicle platform technology after the company revealed its new global platform.

Built and designed to deliver better safety, efficiency, and driving dynamics, the third-generation modular global platform from Hyundai is lighter, more flexible and is designed to improve airflow. Moreover, the new platform builds upon the former's core advantages and is set to meet global demands and needs in the years to come.

“The new technology will improve the market competitiveness of Hyundai’s future vehicles, as it enhances overall design, safety and overall driving performance tremendously. Hyundai will gradually expand the use of this new platform in order to provide driving joy and comfort to our customers,” said Andreas Hofmannn, vice president of marketing and product at Hyundai Motor Europe.

Set to be first used on the next-generation Sonata, the new global platform makes use of super high-tensile steel plate, as well as a multi-load structure. Not only does this make it more lightweight and durable, it also improves the platform's collision safety by minimizing the impact forces to the passenger cabin. It also benefits from a hot stamping process which plays a key role in preventing the deformation of the passenger cell.

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Besides improving overall safety, Hyundai claims the third-gen platform will also deliver better handling and agility, as well as lateral stiffness. This was made possible after engineers moved the fixed points for the steering arms closer to the middle of the front wheels. In addition, the platform will now have a lower center of gravity thanks to the lowering of the heavy equipment in the platform. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) deadening was also improved through reinforced sound-absorbing systems.

Thanks to a new active airflow system, the modular platform is also set to improve engine cooling, as well as allow the faster movement of air in and around the platform.

The new global vehicle platform will become available in Europe with the introduction of new Hyundai models in 2020. Other markets will follows soon after.