The Hyundai Accent Sedan, Accent Hatch, Tucson (Gas and Diesel), Elantra, and Santa Fe lived up to their Modern Premium cred by figuring among the most fuel-efficient vehicles at the recently concluded DOE Euro 4 Fuel Efficiency Eco Run.
A total of 70 vehicles representing 22 global automotive brands participated in the run. Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), official distributor of Hyundai passenger and commercial vehicles in the Philippines, fielded six models.
In the passenger car category, the Accent Sedan 1.6 CRDi 6M/T (Dsl) topped the list, beating smaller and lighter vehicles in the A-Segment with a rating of 29.41km/L, and bested major competitors in the B-Segment despite having the highest engine displacement (1.6L vs 1.3L-1.5L engines). The Accent Hatch also performed well, notching 8thplace in the B-Segment and entering the overall top 20 list with fuel consumption of 25.64 km/L.
The Elantra 1.6 GL 6M/T ranked third in the C-Segment with a rating of 27.83km/L. Being a gasoline-fed vehicle, the Elantra surprisingly shared similar fuel efficiency results with its top two diesel rivals.
In the SUV category, the Tucson (Gas and Diesel) and the Santa Fe CRDi were among the Top 10 performers in the entire segment. The Tucson CRDi, which ranked second in the Compact SUV segment, turned out to be more fuel efficient than smaller and lighter SUVs, with a rating of 24.80km/L.
While in the mid-size SUV category, the Santa Fe CRDi ranked second with a fuel consumption rating of 22.76km/L, outperforming its peers with exceptional fuel efficiency despite having one of the most powerful engines among the SUV participants.
Said HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, “The results of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Euro 4 Fuel Economy Run only validate our commitment to responsible innovation-innovation that responds to our customer’s desire for fuel economy and is responsible to the community and to the environment in our concerted bid to reduce toxic emissions in the atmosphere. That is what being Euro 4-compliant is all about. As our ongoing “Gusto” campaign goes, we are proactively responding to what customers today need and want. I am proud to say that Hyundai engineering innovation in the Accent, Accent Hatch, All-New Elantra, All-New Tucson, and Santa Fe continues to give the market just that.”
Hyundai unveiled the 2017 i30, a 5-door hatchback, ahead of its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. It comes with a refreshed exterior and interior as well as a new turbocharged gasoline engine.
The Korean automaker describes the exterior of the i30 as “confident and expressive.” Up front, it is fitted with sweptback LED headlights, LED vertical daytime running lights, a large bumper, and the brand’s ‘Cascading’ grille. The said grille design is also integrated to the 2017 i10 which will debut alongside the i30 at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.
Turning at the side, the i30 has a straight character line and a sloping roofline. The rear, on the other hand, has wraparound LED taillights, a prominent bumper, a black spoiler, and a shark fin antenna.
The interior of the i30 has a straightforward design with a horizontal layout. It has a new 3-spoke steering wheel, a 5-inch LCD touchscreen with integrated rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and My Music functionality. The i30 is also available with an 8-inch navigation touchscreen. In addition, the vehicle supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which enable users to connect their devices to control music, telephone, and navigation system. Of note, the i30 offers 395L of cargo space which can come in handy for carrying grocery items or travel bags.
Safety-wise, the i30 features Driver Attention Alert, a system which keeps an eye out for sudden lane changes. It warns the driver through sound and visual cues on the instrument cluster. Aside from this, the i30 also has Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detector, among others.
Under the hood, the i30 is powered by a choice of 3 gasoline engines. The first of which is the turbocharged 1.4L inline 4-cylinder that generates 138 hp and 242 Nm of torque. There’s also a naturally aspirated 1.4L gasoline engine which puts out 98 hp and 134 Nm. The third gasoline engine comes in a form of a turbocharged 1.0L inline 3-cylinder that delivers 118 hp and 170 Nm.
Aside from the gasoline engines, the 2017 i30 can also be powered by a 1.6L diesel engine that produces 3 power outputs: 93 hp/280 Nm, 110 hp/280 Nm, and 136 hp/300 Nm. Transmission options include either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Hyundai has revealed the facelifted i10 ahead of its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Aside from the new look, the i10 comes with an updated infotainment system.
Up front, this Korean subcompact hatch is fitted with Hyundai’s ‘Cascading’ grille, which features a less angular shape as compared to the previous i10. The said grille design is said to be integrated to future Hyundai models, becoming the brand’s new corporate look. In addition, the 2017 i10 gets a revamped bumper and round LED daytime running lights, placed at the edges of the grille. The rear, on the other hand, has a redesigned bumper and round fog lamps. The vehicle is finished off with a new 14-inch steel or alloy wheels.
The interior of the i10 has a two-tone theme along with a three-spoke steering wheel, white-on-black instrument cluster, and an automatic air conditioning system. It also has a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation system, latest connectivity features, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Safety-wise, the i10 is equipped with a Front Collision Warning System (FCWS) and a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).
The 2017 i10 is powered either by a 66hp 1.0L or an 87 hp 1.2L gasoline engine. It is mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the i10 can come with a 1.0L turbocharged gasoline engine that delivers 100 hp.
Locally, the i10 is no longer available. However, this Paris-bound subcompact hatchback gives us a glimpse of Hyundai’s new design direction.
Apart from the launch of the all-new Hyundai Sonata last night, the Korean car brand has been rather quiet of late. Prior to the Sonata, the last new car it had introduced was the Grand i10, a model ushered in without much fanfare.
But if what we overheard from Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. president and CEO Fe Agudo was any indication, Hyundai will definitely be busier next year. According to Agudo, HARI will introduce three new models around mid-2015. These are the all-new Tucson, the i20 Cross and the ix25.
The Tucson will be the third generation of Hyundai’s very popular compact SUV. The current Tucson is a sales winner, so the upcoming model has big tires to fill. The i20 Cross is a crossover vehicle based on the i20 hatchback that debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October. Both these models have no official photos as of press time.
The third vehicle is arguably the most interesting. The ix25 is a subcompact SUV introduced in concept form at the Beijing Auto Show in April. The ix25 will compete in the nascent but promising category solely inhabited by the Ford EcoSport in our market.
When these new models arrive in our market--especially the Tucson and the ix25--expect Hyundai’s sales to increase significantly. We hope HARI can keep up with the demand this time.