Korean manufacturer Hyundai plans to continue the growth of its SUV line-up during the remainder of the decade, confirming plans to introduce sub-compact and upper-large SUVs.
Speaking with media at the international launch of the the Kona in Seoul, South Korea, a panel of the company’s executives confirmed there are plans to introduce an A-segment (sub-compact) crossover to sit below the just-revealed Kona, along with an E-segment (upper large) to sit above the Santa Fe.
A sub-compact SUV would likely duel with the likes of the Suzuki Ignis – which in Australia has few natural competitors – while the upper-large model would take on players like the Toyota Landcruiser – although perhaps not in the off-roading space.
With the larger model, however, it’s unclear just how large Hyundai will go. Currently, there is a long-wheelbase version of the Santa Fe (above) offered in select left-hand drive markets pitched as a proper seven-seater – the model sold locally is known in those markets as the five-seat Santa Fe Sport.
In addition to the two new crossovers, Hyundai is also set to embark on a new model onslaught in the coming years, with 14 ‘green’ models set to launch by 2020.
One of these new green cars will be the all-electric version of the recently-revealed Kona (above), with Hyundai targeting an impressive 390 kilometre range on a single charge.
Another eco-friendly addition to the company’s range will be the production version of the FE Fuel Cell concept that first appeared at this year’s Geneva motor show in March – due to make its production debut sometime next year with a range similar to the concept’s 800km claim.