Hyundai Elantra - February
Hyundai Elantra sports model - Q3
Hyundai Australia will launch its all-new Elantra sedan in the first quarter of 2016, giving the popular i30 hatch a new-generation sedan companion.
Unveiled at September’s Los Angeles auto show, the new Elantra brings a more evolved look to the coupe-like styling worn by the current model.
The new model is slightly longer and wider than the car it will replace, and there’s also a more refined fit and finish in the cabin.
Local specifications are still to be confirmed, but overseas options include a series of small petrol and diesel engines.
Hyundai Australia has also revealed to CarAdvice that it will launch a sporty flagship model in the Elantra range by the third quarter of 2016, although details on that one are still to come.
Hyundai Ioniq - Q3
The Ioniq will enter the global market in 2016 as a rival to Toyota’s dominant Prius, with Hyundai promising hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric versions of its new ultra-green car.
An Australian debut is confirmed for the second half of 2016. So far, only the hybrid model has been confirmed, although Hyundai Australia has revealed that it is working to get the plug-in hybrid EV here too.
Hyundai Genesis/Genesis G80 rebranding - late 2016/early 2017
Hyundai’s premium Genesis sedan will be given a global makeover next year, thanks to the Korean carmaker’s decision to launch a standalone luxury brand.
The new brand will be called Genesis, meaning that the current model will be renamed G80 as part of a new range expansion that will include more sedans, a new coupe and a pair of SUVs.
Australia’s Genesis will become the Genesis G80 in either late 2016 or early 2017, likely gaining a styling and technology update at the same time.