Hyundai’s kicking off a busy year starting with next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Starting with unveiling the new i30 (better known on our side of the Atlantic as the Elantra Touring) next month, Hyundai will also release a new Santa Fe, and also a face-lifted i20 by the end of 2012.
Auto Car is reporting that the i30 will be the first of Hyundai’s three new or revised models when it debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show. We expect the i30 to feature sharp, aggressive styling very similar to the Elantra, but with a hatch tacked on the rear. The i30 is expected to make its way to North America as the Elantra Touring sometime in 2012. One area where the North American-spec Elantra Touring and the Euro-spec I30 will likely differ is under the hood. Euro i30s will likely have small 1.4-1.6-liter diesel and gasoline four-pots. On the other side of the Atlantic, Elantra Tourings should be packing 1.8-2.0-liter gas four-bangers. There’s little to no chance of the North American Elantra Touring sporting an oil burner under the hood.
The second and third new model Hyundai’s set to release will be the new Santa Fe and i20. While Auto Car doesn’t have any new details on either model, other than their coming, we expect both to follow Hyundai’s current sharp and edgy styling scheme. The Santa Fe will likely take its styling cues from the smaller 2012 Tucson. Auto Car expects the new Santa Fe to get a new “ix” name in Europe to fit in with the rest of Hyundai’s lineup – the European version of the Tucson is dubbed ix35. The Santa Fe nameplate is well-recognized enough in North America that we’re not expecting any silly name changes. The i20, which slots in below our Accent, will just be getting a facelift next year. Hyundai currently has no plans to bring the i20 to the United States.
Source: Auto Car