Hyundai India has showcased 6 all-new products at their pavilion at the 2016 Auto Expo. These included the i30, Tucson, Genesis G90, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, HND-14 Compact SUV Concept and the N2025 Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
Hyundai N2025 Vision Gran Turismo Concept
Undoubtedly, the showstopper was the N2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept. Its powertrain incorporates the world’s first ever mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell, which was manufactured by Hyundai in 2013. The eco-friendly powerplant system produces 884PS of total power output, 680PS of which is harnessed from the dual fuel cell stacks, whilst the super capacitor system provides the remaining 204PS.
Hyundai Carlino HND-14 Compact SUV Concept
Hyundai India does not have a product in the compact SUV segment, which is the fastest growing segment. With the Carlino HND-14 Compact SUV Concept, the company previews the upcoming compact SUVs silhouette design as well as the design study for a car in the Indian market. If launched will compete with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300, Vitara Brezza and the upcoming Tata Nexon.
The Carlino HND-14 Compact SUV Concept is designed at Hyundai’s Namyang design centre in Hwaseong, South Korea. Painted in an orange shade, it gets futuristic headlights with LED daytime running lights, front and rear skid plates, side air intakes, suicide doors, roof carriers, large rugged wheels and squarish taillights. However, the interior of the concept was not revealed at the presentation.
Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid
The 2016 Sonata plug-in hybrid sedan is said to be 21 percent more efficient than the earlier version, incorporating smart technology to reduce power cost, as well as carbon footprints. It will compete against Toyota Camry hybrid and the upcoming Honda Accord Hybrid. All these vehicles attract benefits under the Government’s FAME policy.
Under the bonnet, the Sonata Plug-in hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre GDI 4-cylinder gasoline engine in conjunction with 360V electric motor. The combination delivers 202 HP @ 6000 rpm of max power and is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai Genesis G90
The Genesis is a premium brand of the Korean automaker Hyundai. The G90 is a flagship model of the car maker and competes with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8 and the recently launched Jaguar XJ.
This luxurious sedan is powered with 2 engine options – The monstrous range topping 5.0-litre V8, which produces 419 bhp, a twin-turbo V6 that belts out 365 bhp and a naturally aspirated 3.8-litre V6 capable of delivering 329 bhp. These powerplants is also available with optional Genesis Adaptive Control Suspension and all-wheel-drive type.
The Hyundai Tucson fills a huge gap between Creta and Santa Fe. It will come powered with 2 engine options – The 2.0-litre CRDi develops 182.5bhp and 420Nm of torque, and the 1.7-litre CRDi Blue Drive delivers 114bhp and a 280Nm of max torque. The engines are further coupled to a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox and come with both the FWD and the AWD choices.
Feature-wise, the Tucson gets the dual projector LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps (DRLs), wrap-around LED tail lamps, chrome-laden exhaust pipe, a large wheel arch, a high-mounted spoiler and and 19-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, the SUV sports an 8” inch touch-screen infotainment unit that supports smartphone & Bluetooth connectivity, panoramic sunroof, advance AC and auto-parking.
The company also displayed the upcoming Hyundai i30 at the ongoing event, the i30 with its dynamic silhouette doesn’t fail to charm us. It is based on the Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ philosophy and it looks quite premium from both inside and outside. It measures 4300mm in length, 1780mm in width and 1470mm in height, and it has a large wheelbase of 2650mm.
Available in both petrol and diesel guise in international markets, the i30 is offered in 3 diesel engine configurations – 1.4-litre producing 90PS, 110PS 1.6-litre that develops 128PS and a new 1.6-litre with better fuel efficiency. The petrol too is available in 3 engine configurations – 1.4-litre producing 100PS, 1.6-litre that develops 120PS and another 1.6-litre that produces 135PS. All the engines are paired to a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox.
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