Hyundai is set to kick off a busy 18-month product onslaught with the launch of the all-new 2017 Hyundai i30 in April.
The new i30 is set to replace the successful GD model and will be joined this year by a significant Sonata reveal and the brand’s all-new small SUV.
Speaking to the media at the Hyundai i30 global drive, Hyundai chief operating officer, Scott Grant, said new models will reinvigorate the brand’s local offering.
“We have a huge amount going on. It’s an unprecedented level of product activity. This year we have a substantial change to Sonata, which is coming in May right behind the new i30. Later in the year we have an all-new baby SUV, codenamed the OS, that we’re excited about. Next year we’ve got new Veloster, new Santa Fe and somewhere in that mix we have Ioniq, which we haven’t quite settled on a date yet,” Grant said.
“There’s quite a heavy product plan, there’ll all new products, not just minor facelift changes. It’s an exciting time for us.”
The new small SUV is expected to be the vehicle our spy photographer snapped in Germany earlier this year. It’ll share underpinnings with the Hyundai ix25 and Creta, but is expected to run a unique set of drivetrains and feature a more upmarket feel. It’s also expected to be loosely related to the hydrogen powered SUV sold to the ACT government.
Next year we are expecting to see an all-new Santa Fe, which will feature a new design direction and is expected to feature both a naturally-aspirated V6 engine, along with a more powerful version of the current four-cylinder diesel engine.
Also due next year is the new Veloster, which will retain its three-door layout, dual cannon exhausts for the turbocharged petrol engine, along with a new engine and gearbox combination to give it a revived feel behind the wheel. We are expecting to see either the 1.6-litre Gamma turbocharged petrol engine or a tuned version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine expected for the i30 N model.
Finally, Australia will see the launch of the Ioniq hybrid vehicle. Hyundai Australia is yet to confirm if we’ll receive the hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full electric Ioniq, with pricing likely to be a deciding factor.
Which Hyundai vehicle are you most excited for, for 2017 and 2018?