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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Santa Fe – Driven

Midsize crossovers are plentiful. They’re among the most popular vehicles on our roads today. As such, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has its work cut out for it. After all, this is the segment of such titans as the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.

Those who pay attention to the vehicles around them on the road every day probably see a lot of midsize crossovers. It’s a super-popular class. Right-sized and relatively budget-friendly, these are the station wagons of our day.

With so much competition, it would be easy to get lost in the crowd. Ask Mazda’s CX-9 – the slowest-selling in this class in the 2016 calendar year, not counting the oddball, high-priced Volkswagen Touareg. With that in mind, Korean automaker Hyundai has its act together, and sales bear this out: The company moved 131,257 Santa Fes in 2016, an 11.1-percent increase over the year prior.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai's FE Fuel Cell Concept Showcases Future Vision For Zero-Emission Mobility

Hyundai has been busy with a lot of projects recently, including the launch of its Genesis luxury brand, the Prius-fighting Ioniq, and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The latter returns under the spotlight with FE Fuel Cell concept, which the Korean brand has just unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Part of a program that will see “14 or more new environmentally-focused” models introduced by 2020, the FE, which stands for “future eco,” previews the company’s next-generation of hydrogen-powered vehicles. A somewhat futuristic looking crossover by design, the FE Fuel Cell has a rather minimalist style with flowing design lines inspired by nature and water. There aren’t a whole lot of details to run by, but the concept’s styling is unlike anything else from Hyundai, and it could also preview an upcoming design language.

The cabin is rather simple and clean and centered around three distinct screens. There a wide display in place of the instrument cluster, an equally wide but taller screen atop the dashboard, and a smaller display in the center stack, just above what appears to be a gear selector. Apart from that and the blue ambient lighting, nothing stands out really, but Hyundai did say that the concept has an internal air humidifier. The system recycles water emitted by the car’s clean hydrogen energy circulation to create “a more comfortable cabin environment.”

But what about power and range?

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Goes Official

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

As promised, Hyundai took to the Chicago Auto Show with a hot new model that is supposed to teach Americans a thing or two about the appeal of busy performance in a small package. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT packs 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox.

That is for the GT Sport. You can also get a 162 hp model if you think an extra 40 hp would land you in trouble. But besides the amount of power one can have with one’s 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, the car offers more sporty goodness in form of aggressive styling with a built in aero kit, lowered ride height and larger wheels than standard models, and a host of comfort and convenience features.

In becoming a sports machine designed mainly for spirited driving 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT has not forgot that it is still very much a Hyundai at heart. So you get a spacious cabin and a list of features that include standard vertical LED daytime running lights, standard eight-inch display audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, available dual-zone climate control, high and low beam LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging, Amazon Alexa Blue Link remote starting, and Blue Link heated features.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Brings i30 From Across The Pond, Calls It Elantra GT

Sure, crossovers are still the hot-ticket body style, but if you’re looking for practicality in a more car-like package, the tried-and-true compact hatchback formula isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Case in point – the hugely updated new Elantra from Hyundai. It’s called the Elantra GT, and it was just introduced for the 2018 model year at the Chicago Auto Show. Essentially an Americanized version of the i30 Euro hatch, the Elantra GT will be offered in two trim levels, including the base model, and the hot-to-trot GT Sport. Both get refined styling cues, tons of cabin space for people and things, and a solid lineup of tech features, while the faster GT Sport throws in bigger wheels, independent rear suspension, and 200 horses under the hood.

Outside, you’ll find a body that’s now longer and wider than before, and it sits closer to the ground. LEDs were used for the daytime running lights, while additional LEDs can be had for the high beams and low beams.

Moving inside, the Elantra GT offers nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear bench, while up to five passengers get 96.5 cubic feet of passenger room. There’s a standard 8.0-inch display screen, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. There’s also Amazon Alexa integration for remote start and heating features.

Options include dual-zone climate control, a wireless phone charger, leather upholstery, and alloy pedals. Safety and convenience tech incudes available adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and lane keep assist.

Under the skin, Hyundai used additional high-strength steel, making the new Elantra GT 22 percent more rigid and 60 pounds lighter. There are two engine options, both four-cylinders, starting with a 2.0-liter producing 162 horsepower, or alternatively, a turbo 1.6-liter making 201 horsepower. It should also handle decently, given Hyundai developed the car’s suspension at the Nurburgring.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will go on sale this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date, but we expect it to slot in under the $20,000 mark.

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PostHeaderIcon In Case You Missed Them, Here Are All The Super Bowl Car Adverts

In the off chance you’ve been on a remote island for the last several weeks and are only now reestablishing a connection with civilization, I’ll start by saying Super Bowl LI took place over the weekend, and it was quite the event. I guess there were a few points scored and something about a comeback, but I was in it for the car advertisements. After all, these aren’t your normal adverts – companies pay upwards of $170,000 per second to get their product front and center for the big game, and that means we saw the major makes go full-bore with the commercial gloss. Tons of car-related adverts were aired, and we’ve got ‘em all right here.

Some were funny and goofy, others were dramatic and heartfelt, and some were just straight up weird. But hey, that’s how it goes when vying for the attention of consumers soaked in beer and guacamole.

Which advertisements caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see all the car adverts from Super Bowl LI.


PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Elantra GT

Hyundai introduced the Elantra for the 1991 model year, but at that time, even this now well-regarded model was considered a throw-away econobox at best. Hyundai has evolved as a brand a lot over the last 31 years, as has its long-running Elantra nameplate, which entered its sixth generation for the 2016 model year. As was the case with the previous-gen model, the new Elantra has been expected to spawn a GT model, and sure enough, Hyundai showed up to the 2017 Chicago Auto show with not one, but two variants in tow. Offered with either a 1.6-liter, turbocharged mill in Sport trim or a 2.0-liter NA mill in the entry-level trim, the GT can be had with either 201 horsepower or 162 horsepower, respectively. The new GT is now more rigid than before (by 22 percent,) sits lower, is wider, and shed a total of 62 pounds. Because of its hatchback nature, the GT can hold 25 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats in the upright position and more than double that the rear seats laid down.

What’s more important here is that the new Elantra GT will have its work cut out for it on the market. After all, the Elantra GT doesn’t exactly spring to mind when someone mentions hot hatches, despite the fact that it competes against some strong models like the Mazda3 and Ford Focus hatchback, among others. So, will the new Elantra GT have what it takes to drive folks into Hyundai dealers for the brand’s latest hatch? Well, things look promising but Keep reading to see what we think about it and to learn more about how it compares to the competition.


PostHeaderIcon 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Gears Up for Chicago Debut

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT-teaser-1

Continuing their ongoing effort to make various different editions of their best-selling models, Hyundai have announced the launch of a GT version of the Elantra at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. Boasting many sporty features, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT complements an expansive range which also includes a Value edition.

There are literally no official details out yet about the specs of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, but it is not hard to guess what sort of features one can expect from this car partly because we have GT Hyundais before and partly because they have been generous enough to give us some nice teaser photos. So we know the car has a fairly prominent grille, a lip spoiler up front and, presumably, a boot spoiler out back, and a host of red accents and trims and decorative stitching to go with the whole GT theme.

HYUNDAI TO REVEAL ALL-NEW ELANTRA GT ON FACEBOOK LIVE AT CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

As for the technical specs, chances are the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will get an iteration of the firm’s 1.6 turbo engine, although a 2.0 liter turbo could also be a candidate. Toughened up suspension, larger wheels and tires, and beefier brakes could be among the other technical highlights of the GT Elantra.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Sonata

The current-gen Sonata hit the market in 2015 with Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, which resulted in a more conservative look to help generate interest in Hyundai’s home market, South Korea. The new generation featured a large amount of DNA from the HCD-14 concept but also got some cues from the Hyundai Genesis. Whether or not the new design was successful in South Korea remains to be seen, as figures aren’t readily available, but here in the U.S. and over in Canada, sales actually dropped in 2015 compared to 2014. Currently three years into its life cycle, Hyundai is planning a mid-cycle facelift for its resident mid-size that should bring some slight tweaking to the grille, exterior lamps, and fascias, while the interior should get some fresh materials and, at the very least, an upgrade to the infotainment system as well. I wouldn’t expect any changes under the hood as a result of this update, but that’s not why you’re interested in the Sonata anyway, so no big deal there.

We’re getting our first early look at the updated Sonata, which was caught playing in the snow and well covered with camo and padding to help conceal the changes that lie underneath. That means we don’t have a whole lot to go by, but there are a few things that we can make out on this tester. And, it’s set to make its official debut later on in 2017, so let’s hurry up and talk more about it before Hyundai beats us to the punch and spills the beans.

Expect a debut during the latter half of 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Health Care Cockpit Shows The Future Of Stress-Free Driving

By now, it’s not hard to imagine what automakers are capable of showcasing when it comes to technological advancements in the industry. It’s hardly a surprise then to see a company like Hyundai troop to the Consumer Electronics Show to introduce a new concept cockpit that can not only monitor the health of its occupants, but also manage stress levels that are often produced by driving.

The concept itself is called the Health + Mobility Cockpit and like most prototypes of its status, it’s been designed to include features that are not readily available in today’s market, but could end up getting there provided that advancements in technology pave the way for that opportunity. Among the pertinent features of the Health + Mobility Cockpit is what Hyundai calls “Mood Bursts,” which uses sensors to detect a driver’s specific mood at any given point in time while he’s driving. In the event that the system detects the driver losing concentration, an “Alert Burst” is triggered in the cabin. Conversely, a “Calm Burst” is activated when the system detects that the driver’s stress levels are increasing. Seems ideal for traffic situations.

It’s largely unclear how these “bursts” manifest themselves inside the cabin, but at least one example for the “Alert Burst” comes in the form of the system automatically adjusting the driver’s seat in a more upright position in the event that the driver is losing focus on his driving.

Not surprisingly, lighting manipulation is another prominent feature of the Health + Mobility Cockpit since there have been numerous scientific studies done on the effects of light and color to a person’s mood and awareness. According to Hyundai, the cockpit is capable of adjusting its lights system depending on the mood of the driver with specific levels attributed to warm and cool lighting. Likewise, the system is also capable of manipulating the smell inside the cockpit, thanks in part to what the company refers to as an “advanced scent system” that disperses different aromas like eucalyptus and peppermint depending, once again, on the mood and energy levels of the driver.

Physically, the steering wheel-less Health + Mobility Cockpit looks like your garden variety concept interior, which is to say that it’s a fresh interpretation of a cabin that has yet to be done in the current landscape of the industry. Instead of the traditional seating configuration, this cabin features one executive chair in the front that can swivel at least 180 degrees and a J-shaped lounge couch on the back that extends to the front passenger area where a chair is noticeably absent. Up front is a horizontal block dashboard that extends from end of the interior to the other and atop the dash sits an equally long and massive digital display unit that contains every pertinent configuration and information needed by the car.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

By virtue of its name, Hyundai’s new Elantra Value Edition doesn’t exactly scream “exclusive!,” doesn’t it? Well, it’s really less of an exclusive and more of a new trim level that falls right into the Korean automaker’s identity as a brand grounded on value. That or it simply thought the Accent Value Edition was such a good idea that it decided to extend it to the Elantra. Either way, the Elantra Value Edition is here and just like its Accent counterpart, it gets a generous amount of new bits and pieces and a corresponding uptick in price.

But hey, Hyundai says there’s value to be hand with the Elantra Value Edition so let’s run with that. To its credit, the automaker takes “value” pretty seriously, which is why this new trim level is full of some pretty sweet add-ons, particularly for a car of the Elantra’s status that isn’t typically on the receiving end of features like heated front seats and tech features like Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist.

Not only does the Elantra Value Edition boast of these items, they’re also just a small taste of the many other new goodies that Hyundai threw into the model. There is a lot of value to the Elantra Value Edition and the car’s price of $20,250 is just $3,100 more expensive than the entry level Elantra SE trim. More importantly, at least according to Hyundai, the new features of the Value Edition saves buyers $1,215 compared to getting them all as extra accessories on other trim levels.

Say what you will about the absurdity of a trim level being named “Value Edition,” but at least in this case, Hyundai made sure that the “value” it’s touting extends past the model’s name.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Hyundai Elantra Value Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 Wagon

Sold as the Elantra GT here in the U.S. and the Hyundai I30 in the rest of the world, Hyundai’s resident hatchback entered its third generation for the 2017 model year. The four-door hatchback has already made its debut, featuring a new, angular look on the outside with a cleaner and more modern layout on the inside. Standard technology includes things like a rear-view camera, phone connectivity via Bluetooth, USB, Android Auto, or Apple Car Play. Under the hood, the I30 came complete with a handful of engines that includes a new, turbocharged four-banger that delivers 138 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Now that the four-door hatch has made its debut, it should come as no surprise that our camera crew caught the longer i30 wagon putting in some work.

In most cases, shorter models turned wagon usual differ very little, but Hyundai has gone to considerable lengths to cover up this prototype. It should be identical to the four-door hatch from the rear doors forward, but the excessive wrapping and padding could suggest that there are some other differences to be found when the i30 Wagon bares it all. So far, it looks like the third-generation i30 lineup will include a four-door hatch, a four-door coupe, and this wagon. But it’s not all gravy because that means it’s unlikely that we’ll see the sportiest of all, the three-door i30 hatch, in this generation.

So, we’ll go ahead and let that sink in a little as we talk a little bit about this wagon and what it will bring to the third-generation i30 lineup.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i30 Wagon

Sold as the Elantra GT here in the U.S. and the Hyundai I30 in the rest of the world, Hyundai’s resident hatchback entered its third generation for the 2017 model year. The four-door hatchback has already made its debut, featuring a new, angular look on the outside with a cleaner and more modern layout on the inside. Standard technology includes things like a rear-view camera, phone connectivity via Bluetooth, USB, Android Auto, or Apple Car Play. Under the hood, the I30 came complete with a handful of engines that includes a new, turbocharged four-banger that delivers 138 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque. Now that the four-door hatch has made its debut, it should come as no surprise that our camera crew caught the longer i30 wagon putting in some work.

In most cases, shorter models turned wagon usual differ very little, but Hyundai has gone to considerable lengths to cover up this prototype. It should be identical to the four-door hatch from the rear doors forward, but the excessive wrapping and padding could suggest that there are some other differences to be found when the i30 Wagon bares it all. So far, it looks like the third-generation i30 lineup will include a four-door hatch, a four-door coupe, and this wagon. But it’s not all gravy because that means it’s unlikely that we’ll see the sportiest of all, the three-door i30 hatch, in this generation.

So, we’ll go ahead and let that sink in a little as we talk a little bit about this wagon and what it will bring to the third-generation i30 lineup.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Autonomous Ioniq Concept

The Hyundai Ioniq was unveiled to the public in early 2016, after a couple of years of speculation and spy shots of camouflaged test cars. Developed to compete against the popular Toyota Prius, the Ioniq sports a modern design that combines the company’s latest styling language with a few unique design features of its own. Available in both hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions at launch, the Ioniq is also set to get an all-electric variant in 2017. At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai confirmed that the EV will also get an autonomous system and showcased a concept car featuring the new technology.

Essentially identical to the hybrid inside and out, the Autonomous Ioniq is one of the few self-driving cars in development to have a hidden LiDAR system in its front bumper instead of on the roof and Hyundai says that its goal is to keep the self-driving systems as simple as possible. This will be accomplished by using the Ioniq’s Smart Cruise Control radar, along with its Lane Keep Assist cameras and integrating them with LiDAR technology.

Hyundai also announced that it’s developing its own autonomous vehicle operating system, which will result in a low-cost platform that can be installed in future Hyundai models that should be more affordable. A display-only model in L.A., the Autonomous Ioniq will be further showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2017, where two cars will be found driving on the streets of Las Vegas.

There’s no specific timetable as to when the production car will arrive, but Hyundai is already testing three autonomous Ioniqs and two autonomous Tucson Fuel Cell SUVs at its research and development center in Namyang, South Korea. The second half of 2017 sounds like a reasonable launch date.

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PostHeaderIcon Study Finds That Women are Angrier Behind the Wheel and Empty Roads Make 84 Percent of Drivers Happy

You’re on your way out of town for the holiday weekend, but 100 miles into your trip you’re stuck behind inconsiderate prick who is riding side-by-side with a Semi on a two-lane highway doing 10 mph under the limit. You honk your horn casually in an attempt to motivate them, but your only reply is a middle finger and a quick brake check. Talk about rude! Well, believe it or not, that inconsiderate prick is more likely to be a woman than a man. While it might not make sense, because women are made from sugar and spice and everything nice, a recent U.K. study has shown that women are actually 12-percent angrier than men when they’re behind the wheel. That’s right; a woman is more likely to lose it when driving than a man.

The study was commissioned by Hyundai UK and conducted by Patrick Fagan – a behavioral psychologist at Goldsmiths University London. The main purpose was to “sense test” licensed drivers to see how different things like sound, sight, and smell lead to emotional responses in various driving scenarios. A total of 1,000 licensed drivers were tested, and the results are actually pretty surprising. As already mentioned women are 12-percent angrier when behind the wheel, 14-percent angrier when dealing with a backseat driver (most likely a man,) and 13-percent angrier when forced to deal with another driver who neglects to use their turn signals before changing lanes or turning. That’s just one part of the study, however, and it’s not all bad for women.

Explaining the overall results of the study, Patrick Fagan said, “Psychologically, women score higher than men on emotional and verbal intelligence, and on the personality trait of neuroticism. Evolutionary theory suggests our early female ancestors had to develop an acute sense of danger for anything that threatened them and their young if their cave was undefended while men were out hunting. That ‘early warning system’ instinct is still relevant today, and women drivers tend to be more sensitive to negative stimuli, so get angry and frustrated quicker. “

After that explanation, it does make sense, but anger levels aren’t all that the study has shown us. There are actually two dominate emotions linked to driving. One is, as we’ve already discussed, anger while the other is actually happiness – two ends of the same spectrum. The primary fuel behind happiness behind the wheel was found to be derived from the sense of freedom felt when driving. Next in line that contributes to happiness in 19 percent of drivers is the sense of mobility, and finally, 10 percent of drivers are happy just because of the independence associated with driving yourself around.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept By ARK

SEMA is creeping up on us almost as fast as winter, and manufacturers are starting to preview some pretty awesome concepts ahead of their official debut. Today we’re here to talk about the Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept that was put together through a partnership between Hyundai and ARK. The Elantra is far from anything that resembles a tuner car, but ARK has somehow managed to turn this little family hauling sedan into a decent looking tuner. Of course, it wasn’t easy, but ARK added things like a custom turbo kit, new downpipe and exhaust system, full coil-over suspension, a wide body kit, a nice set of wheels, and a full vinyl wrap, among other things, to create the wildest looking Elantra that you’ll probably ever see.

Kevin Bentley, the developer of the ARK Elantra Concept, said, “ARK Performance knows the Hyundai brand almost as well as our own. We strive to leverage the superb product development of Hyundai engineers, building upon their expertise while offering something really special to enthusiasts. The ARK Road Racer Elantra Concept offers the specific model enhancements that our customers have come to expect from ARK.”

Hyundai’s aren’t exactly known to be something enthusiasts look for at car shows or underground meets. Has ARK proven that even a car like the Hyundai Elantra is worthy of at least a little street credit? Let’s take a closer look and find out for ourselves.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Veloster Concept By Gurnade

Lately, Hyundai hasn’t been holding anything back in its efforts to build up a little extra performance cred. Late last month at the Paris Motor Show, we got a look at the RN30, a race-ready hatchback based on the i30 that’s simply begging for a street-legal production model. With the Paris Motor Show now come and gone, the South Korean brand is shifting its focus to Las Vegas for the annual SEMA Show. Last week, we got our first taste of what Hyundai will be bringing to the desert with the absurdly awesome Santa Fast by Bisimoto, and now, it appears as though there’ll be a modded Veloster hatchback in attendance as well. This latest creation is simply called the Veloster Concept by Gurnade, and it’s got a slew of upgrades that are sure to please the SEMA crowd, including a slammed stance, custom exterior styling, and a few extra ponies under the hood.

In case you were unaware, Gurnade is an automotive design and concept rendering company based out of Austin, Texas. “Gurnade has always been drawn to the uniquely aggressive lines of the production Veloster. So when Hyundai approached us with the opportunity to develop one of their vehicles for SEMA, we didn’t hesitate to create the Gurnade Veloster Concept,” says Joshua Cloud, owner of Gurnade, Inc.

As you might expect, the Veloster Concept is primarily focused on show over go, but it’s still an interesting package for fans of the South Korean brand’s sporty little three-door. Read on for all the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Juke Fighter

It would appear as though Hyundai has decided to take on the popular Nissan Juke with a stylish sub-compact crossover all its own. The unnamed future model was recently spied by the carparazzi undergoing road tests in Germany in full camouflage, leading to speculation over what lies beneath the covers. If rumors are to be believed, the upcoming Juke fighter from Hyundai will pull from the i20 and i30 parts bins, boast a good deal of youth-oriented exterior styling, and most likely come equipped with the latest interior gadgets.

Backing the rumors are statements made in August of 2014 by Hyundai’s American CEO Dave Zuchowski, who suggested in an interview with Edmunds that the South Korean brand might be interested in a sub-compact SUV that would slot under the Tucson. Such a vehicle “would be really designed for Gen Y, for new first-time buyers,” Zuchowski said, later adding, “Think of maybe something that looks like a Juke or something that has edgy, dramatic styling.”

It’s not a lot to go on, but we’ve done more with less. Read on for our speculative review.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Rockstar Santa Fe Concept

You know the 2016 SEMA Auto Show is approaching when you start seeing automakers drop press releases about wild iterations of its vehicles. And so, we find ourselves with one of the first gnarly custom jobs that’s headed to Las Vegas. It’s called the Hyundai Rockstar Santa Fe Concept and it is glorious.

Step back for a second and take in what used to be a mild-mannered crossover that has since been turned to an off-roading marauder. Notice how it’s been raised up and fitted with those massive 35-inch Baja tires? That was all part of Rockstar’s plan when it partnered with Hyundai to work on this Santa Fe. It also comes with a bevy of new features, both of the useful and cosmetic varieties, all of which were installed to give the Santa the unilateral purpose of driving on any road condition it finds itself in.

Obviously, it’s unlikely that we’ll see the Rockstar Santa Fe hit the streets anytime soon, but given what Rockstar was able to pull off – it even has a nitrous oxide injection system! – I wouldn’t be able to blame anybody who takes a good look at this beauty and demands Hyundai to send it into production, even in a limited edition capacity.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai i20 WRC

Introduced in 2008 as a replacement for the Getz, the Hyundai i20 was redesigned for 2014, when it received a brand-new exterior design with more angular features and a new, turbocharged three-cylinder in addition to revised version of the previous engines. Unlike its predecessor, the second-generation i20 also spawned a race car, marking the company’s return to the World Rally Championship.

Updated for each new competition season since its introduction in 2014, the i20 WRC has been once again re-engineered ahead of the upcoming 2017 World Rally Championship. Although not yet ready to hit the difficult gravel and tarmac courses of the WRC season, Hyundai brought a pre-production version of the new race car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Much like its predecessors, the i20 WRC is a heavily modified version of the road car, featuring an aggressive aero kit, an FIA-approved interior, and a race-spec engine and transmission. According to Hyundai, prototypes have been tested since April across numerous locations in Europe and in a variety of different conditions. Testing is set to continue toward the end of the year in order to get the car ready ahead of its debut at Rallye Monte Carlo in January 2017.

“The 2017 WRC regulations have allowed all teams to start from a blank page, which has offered us an exciting engineering challenge. The changes will raise the level of entertainment in WRC on stages around the world with wider and more powerful cars. We have been putting our experience from two full seasons of WRC into practice, as we aim to build on our successful 2016 campaign,” said Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan.

The final version of the 2017 Hyundai i20 WRC will be revealed by the end of 2016.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai i20 WRC.


PostHeaderIcon Hyundai RN30 Concept Features a Powerful Engine, AWD, and Lots of Lightweight Materials

The slick little speed hatch you see here is called the RN30 Concept, and it just broke cover at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Using the latest-generation i30 as a foundation, Hyundai built the RN30 as a track-only specialty that showcases the company’s performance chops.

Making it go is a modified 2.0-liter engine, the same powerplant slated for use in a forthcoming high-performance production model. Extra grunt is added courtesy of a larger turbocharger, with forged engine components installed to handle the increased boost. All told, Hyundai says output peaks at 375 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque, far surpassing the current road-going i30’s 138 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.

Complementing the high-strung 2.0-liter is a variety of weight saving measures, including a stripped-down interior, and extensive use of a new high-performance plastic. Hyundai says it wasn’t satisfied with the current crop of carbon fiber-reinforced polymers out there, so it developed its own material with the chemical company BASF to create something that’s strong, lightweight, and funny enough, environmentally friendly.

Cog swaps are handled by a wet-type dual-clutch transmission, which sends the muscle to the pavement via a high-performance AWD system and electronic limited-slip differential setup. There’s also a “sport mode” and Electronic Variable Exhaust, although I don’t know why you’d need anything other than max attack for a race car.

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