Here’s Hyundai product roadmap until 2015
South Korean automaker Hyundai will launch a range of products in the next couple of years, spanning many segments, right from the entry level hatchback class to the high luxury, premium class. From being just a mass market player, Hyundai plans to focus on premium segments dominated by the Teuton trio of Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz. Here’s a glimpse of Hyundai’s product roadmap until 2015, which does have more than a few insights for the Indian car market as well given the fact that the car maker sells a number of car models in the country.
2014 Hyundai i10:
The Hyundai i10 hatchback will be an all new model, with both the exteriors as well as the interiors getting a once over. Expect more space on the innards along with a more fuel efficient, downsized 1 Liter, 3 pot petrol engine. India could also get the 1.1 Liter, 3 cylinder turbo diesel engine, which comes with a variable geometry turbocharger.
The Verna will continue to motor on without any major change until 2016. However, since 4 years is quite a long time, expect a minor refresh in the middle.
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe:
The all new Hyundai Santa Fe, with the “Storm Edge” design, will be available in 5 seater and 7 seater models. Expect the 7 seat model to arrive into India sometime in 2013.
The Elantra could get a refresh in late 2013, as the 2014 model. An all new model is planned for 2015 with a 2 liter direct injection petrol engine to join the 1.8 liter unit that currently does duty.
The Hyundai Sonata will get an all new model come 2014, when the Fluidic design philosophy will give way to the Fluidic Precision design philosophy. The new design language is expected to be more restrained than the current language, ostensibly to appeal to the buyers of European luxury sedan buyers.
The crossover will get a minor facelift in 2013, with an all new model said to arrive in 2015. This is one model that Hyundai would do well to sell in the Indian market, although the car maker has not indicated any plans to do so just as yet.
So, that’s pretty much what Hyundai will tweak, when it comes to its current portfolio of cars, that also sell in the Indian car market. Internationally, Hyundai will tweak a few more of its car models, which we’re not reporting about given the slim chance of them appearing in India. Talking about the Indian context, expect an MPV and a compact SUV from Hyundai in the coming years as these are two high growth segments that the car maker is yet to mark its presence in.