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Details of the new additions to Hyundai Australia’s showroom in 2014.

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Hyundai Elantra update (January)

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra will arrive in January with a significantly different suspension set-up tuned by Australian engineers. Hyundai Australia claims it has worked extensively on retuning the Elantra’s suspension to improve both ride quality and body control. Exterior modifications are limited to new alloy wheels, redesigned headlights with ‘blade’ LEDs, and tail-lights with black surrounds. More significant interior changes include remodelled air vents, which have been raised from flanking the lower climate controls to sitting either side of a new infotainment screen, and new ventilation and audio/sat-nav controls. The updated Elantra will retain the current car’s 1.8-litre petrol engine and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Its $20K to $30K price range is also expected to remain the same or similar.

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Hyundai Genesis (July)

While the original Genesis sedan was designed primarily for American and Korean markets, the new model has its sights set on a global audience – including Australia, which CarAdvice understands will introduce Genesis as early as July. Taking on the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS, the Genesis measures 4990mm long and claims to offer class-leading cabin space. Four petrol engines will be available depending on the market, including 3.0-, 3.3- and 3.8-litre V6s and a 5.0-litre V8. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to either the rear wheels or all four via Hyundai’s new HTRAC system. Advanced technology promises to be a highlight, with emergency braking and steering support, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection with head-up display, lane keep and departure systems, auto parking, and a 9.2-inch touchscreen all set to debut. Expect a sub-$60,000 price tag for Hyundai’s most advanced production car to date.

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Hyundai i45/Sonata (September)

CarAdvice understands Hyundai is desperate to reintroduce the mid-sized i45/Sonata to the local line-up and could do so as early as September. The local division dropped the sixth-generation sedan from its range at the beginning of 2013 in favour of its European-designed and almost identically sized i40 sibling, though sales of the latter have failed to match the success of the former. Hyundai Australia is looking seriously at all-new seventh-generation sedan, which will be revealed overseas in the first half of this year. Targeted towards the US and Korean markets, the new i45/Sonata is expected to be slightly larger than the i40 though should be positioned beneath its $29,990 starting price. The previous Hyundai i45 started at $26,990 before it was discontinued, giving an indication of where the new model could be placed.

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Hyundai Santa Fe update (Q3)

The Hyundai Santa Fe will get a mild update around the third quarter of 2014. There are few details at this stage about the planned upgrades that come just two years after the introduction of the third-generation Santa Fe, which introduced an entirely new platform, new engines, and completely new styling inside and out. Hyundai Australia’s local engineering team may take the opportunity to refine the Santa Fe’s suspension in the pursuit of improved ride and handling, as it has done recently with the smaller ix35 Series II and updated Elantra. Prices are expected to remain on par with current levels, while each trim grade should enjoy a modest equipment boost.

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Hyundai i10 (October/November)

While Hyundai Australia looks certain to grow its range upwards in 2014 with the Genesis sedan, CarAdvice believes it will also expand at the other end with the launch of the pint-sized i10 hatchback. Not expected in local showrooms until the final quarter of the year, the i10 would sit beneath the i20 as a genuine Getz successor to rival the likes of the Mitsubishi Mirage and Nissan Micra. Designed and engineered in Germany, Hyundai says the second-generation i10 will meet quality and safety standards expected by European customers. Two petrol engines will be offered in Europe – a 48kW/94Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder, and a 64kW/120Nm 1.3-litre four-cylinder – while five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions will be available. Expect a circa-$13K starting price if the Hyundai i10 gets the nod for Australia.


  • Martin

    Pretty busy year for Hyundai it seems!

  • repus

    Hyundai if you are reading this why cant e have the AZERA here please i love this car and it is a 6 cylinder if it were here i would buy it

    • genesis1

      The last time they had the Grandeur here, it didn’t sell…so…

      • Repus

        Yes that’s true but the Azera is a better looking car and has received great reviews in the US

    • F1orce

      Hyundai Australia is the next HONDA AUSTRALIA

  • asdfgh

    They should update the Elantra’s fuel tank size from 48L to 59L or at least 55L. I am not a fan of visiting petrol stations every 3 days and would prefer greater range on touring trips.

    • matt

      if you use 48 litres in 3 days then i dont think an extra 7 litres is going to help you.

      • Sumpguard

        Basic maths says otherwise !

        • Alexander Sambuco

          You would be filling up about every 3.5 days with the extra 7 litres assuming 12L a day. How far do you drive per day anyway? If your doing 12L a day at 10L/100km thats a minimum of 120km.

      • asdfgh

        The fuel light comes on when there’s about 20% (9.6L) or more left. So you use 38.4L and not 48L.

  • Raphinion

    Hyundai said that they would revisit the idea of the i45 in the future – but that decision has come sooner than I thought! I would rather see the Azera, though.

  • Jckhhkv

    Genesis!

    If this car is priced at 60k it will start a revolution in Australia and will force the premium brands to seriously lower their price.

    • TheRealThomas

      Are you serious, I bet, like all Hyundai’s, it will be packed full of goodies but the driving dynamics will be lacking compared to the Luxury brands stated. If you want a 60K A to B car with goodies the knock yourself out.

      • Zaccy16

        exactly, it will have lots of tech to cover its mediocre ride and handling, i would much rather a SS commodore or G6E turbo falcon over the vulgar genesis

        • Dave W

          You don’t buy a heavy large sedan class for the handling. It’s simple physics. They’re long distance tourers or traffic lights drag machines.

    • LowRezFez

      People spending this type of money want the badge. Look at Honda’s Legend, good car, hardly any sales. Even Lexus is struggling these days. As for Infiniti, it has been a disaster.

      • Dave W

        Sub-$60k is Commodore money. I wouldn’t call it a highly desirable badge. Honda Legend is $76k. Even if this “sub-60k” price means $59.9k, it’ll still be $16k cheaper than the Legend. That’s a substantial amount of money.

        • LowRezFez

          Dave, you have a point, if the V8 maxes out around 60k then it should sell well. If the v6 starts at $60k and the v8 tops pug at $80k to $90k then it will suffer the fate of the Legend.

          • Dave W

            If it’s really coming this year, it’ll still be competing with the Falcodore so I don’t imagine it’ll be that much higher. That said, even if the Falcodore doesn’t exist, there’s still the Chrysler SRT8 at $66k. After that, it’s all the German big 3 and Lexus V8, all of which are upwards of $150k.

  • MisterZed

    This article is so wrong. I e-mailed Hyundai Australia several weeks ago and they told me that they have no plans to introduce any car larger than the i40 in size in Australia, nor do they have any plans to ever re-introduce the Sonata/i45 here again. This also means that we won’t see the Genesis sedan here, but we will likely see the coupe. This article is merely speculation at best.

    • ixlplix

      It didn’t even mention the coupe. It’s fluff.

      • genesis1

        coupe was 2015 i believe.

        • ixlplix

          Early last year I would have sworn the fever pitch was for 14

          • Phil

            new Genesis coupe comes in 2015, at this late stage it isn’t worthwhile for Hyundai to compliance the current model only to have to repeat the process in a matter of a year or less.

    • Repus

      Mister Zed you also thought 2 years we wouldn’t get the Nissan Altima
      Hyundai may change there mind

      • DAVIDZ

        He knows everything about NOTHING
        Been like that at AUSCARS etc, and banned from Whirlpool

        • Sumpguard

          Glass houses DAVIDZ..

    • Jckhhkv

      I understand. But the question is WHY THE F##K NOT?

    • Robin_Graves

      Manufacturers tend not to announce changes to their line up too early or it can affect perceptions around the current line up and also resale of other products

    • genesis1

      I do understand you, I do think there’s a difference between telling MisterZed info compared to CarAdvice…?

    • F1orce

      Of coarse we will get the classic ‘there is no business case for this car’ from Hyundai Australia.

      You get more accolades by selling a 1.7L i40 for $50k than you would with selling a big RWD V8 sedan for $60k

      • LowRezFez

        Walked from an i40 deal based on high pricing. The 1.7 was marginal in terms of performance plus the good ‘ol DPF comes with no warranty and is a cool $7K to replace! Makes VW parts pricing look cheap. I am not surprised that the i40 has been having it tough.

        • svd

          A DPF needs to get replaced only if you are an owner of such a vehicle who drives around the block, never takes the vehicle on trips and is unprepared in the event of always short trips, to take it for a run up the expressway for about 10-15 minutes. Such an owner would be better with a petrol because the fuel usage would be a very minor cost in the vehicles usage. A DPF needs to reach temperature to burn off the impurities trapped by the DPF. It is not warranted since a manufacturer cannot determine usage of the vehicle. The high price is because it is a low volume part and attracts high floor plan.

          • LowRezFez

            Fully appreciate your points.., bottom line for me is I won’t take on this level of unwarranted risk.

  • F1orce

    The Genesis looks dope

    • racrepus

      Dope? Lol, kids still say that?

  • Froggie

    I look forward to the new Hyundai models and the boost I believe they will give to a more competitive auto market.

  • Bfuhhdtfjnjf

    If Hyundai improves interior, engine, drivetrain, chassis, … quality in the new Genesis, I would be pleased.