Hyundai in 2023: models and changes | Automotive News
Hyundai, we regularly repeat, has had the wind in its sails in recent years. And what is being done on the side of the Korean giant in 2023? Unsurprisingly, the car still falls short, especially when it comes to the mid-range of the group, the Sonata sedan.
For its part, the Elantra manages to attract fewer customers, while Hyundai adds a second Ioniq product, the Ioniq 6 sedan, which comes to support the Ioniq 5 crossover that was launched more than a year ago. . .
As for the utility offering, it remains the same, despite some notable changes here and there.
Here’s what’s in store for Canadian buyers this year from the Hyundai brand.
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The Elantra compact sedan is now the brand’s gateway. In fact, the removal of the manual transmission on the Venue urban crossover makes the Elantra the most accessible vehicle in 2023. Of course, this is a base version equipped with a combustion engine without any electrification or power gain .
The Elantra is available in four trim levels: Essential, Preferred and Luxury, which can also be equipped with an optional hybrid engine, as well as the N Line Ultimate, which trades in basic mechanics for a 1.6-liter turbocharged block of displacement. Its equipment is more complete and its driving is sportier.
However, no Elantra comes close to the Elantra N, the high-performance sedan that replaced the aging Veloster N on the brand’s performance organization chart. With its turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and gearbox choice – yes, there’s a six-speed manual unit – the sportiest of Elantras can go unnoticed in addition to removing a wide- smile on the driver’s face every time he picks up. it’s for an adrenaline-filled ride.
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The brand’s mid-size sedan may have evolved year by year, but it hasn’t survived the utilitarian wave that’s been sweeping car segments for a decade. Even a household name like Sonata is in danger of extinction. Let’s see if the retirement rumors are true.
In 2023, everything is fine. The Sonata is offered in four trim levels, with four distinct engines. In fact, the Preferred livery leaves the factory with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and the Sonata Sport goes with a 1.6-liter turbo 4-cylinder. Then, the Sonata N Line is sportier with its 2.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder, while the Ultimate Hybrid brings up the rear with its 2.0-liter thermal block and its hybrid system that lowers emissions and consumption.
Hyundai Ioniq 6
While Hyundai’s utility vehicles will certainly continue to be successful in Canada, the big new thing for 2023 comes in the form of a car with a slightly different profile, thankfully. The Ioniq 6 arrives to help the Ioniq 5 in the exclusive electric niche.
The new representative of Hyundai is entitled to a different style from the one used for the small electric SUV, although the Ioniq 6 is based on the same architecture and similar numbers in terms of efficiency and performance.
Moreover, we should also expect the arrival of an Ioniq 6 N in a few months, as the Ioniq 5 N will enter the arena of high-performance electric utilities.
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Hyundai Ioniq 5
Hyundai’s most angular utility doesn’t offer any thermal options under its hood. In fact, the crossover that can be considered a car despite its crossover title is only available in pure electric options.
At the entry level, the Preferred livery comes with a motor mounted on the rear axle and has a range of 354 km according to RnC (Natural Resources Canada) estimates.
The vehicle is also available in the Preferred Long Range livery, with a larger battery of 77.4 kWh (compared to 58 for the basic version) and a possible distance of 488 km.
There’s the Preferred AWD Long Range livery, which adds a second motor to the front axle for all-wheel drive. Remember that it is always possible to check the Ultimate option to add luxury to the electric SUV.
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The 2023 model year will be the last of the first generation Kona. Hyundai recently announced the main line of the second generation Kona which, unlike the outgoing model, is available with hybrid mechanics under the hood.
But for 2023, Kona returns to us without major changes. This means it’s still available in three trim levels and two possible engines in its combustion engine version, either a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder or a 1.6-litre turbo unit for the N Line AWD livery.
The roaring Kona N comes from the factory with the same engine as the Elantra N, a 276-hp, 289 lb-ft turbo 4-cylinder connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch unit and an all-wheel drive. This utilitarian car is only available in one version.
Finally, the electric Kona is available in Preferred or Ultimate livery, both of which are front-wheel drive models, let’s remember.
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You probably won’t see it. The Hyundai NEXO is as rare as the only car from a major brand that needs to refuel with hydrogen to run its pure electric powertrain, the Toyota Mirai.
Hyundai is still pursuing its strategy with two trim levels, either Preferred or Ultimate, the latter being better in terms of equipment.
Launched in 2019 (as a 2020 model), the big Hyundai Palisade is entitled to its first major redesign and the least we can say is that the close cousin of the Kia Telluride has paid for a nice facelift. The front of the car is particularly successful, at least when compared to the one that preceded it.
The Palisade, pending the arrival of the all-electric Ioniq 7, is intended to be the only true family option with three rows of seats in the manufacturer’s lineup. Available in three levels, namely Preferred, Urban (with a darkened touch) and Ultimate Calligraphy, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade is also more versatile than ever, a formula Hyundai has used since it arrived on Canadian soil in the 80s.
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Hyundai Santa Fe
The very first sport utility vehicle to wear the Hyundai badge is still in service, despite the arrival of a full line of larger and smaller models. The Santa Fe is, like its younger Tucson sibling, an SUV that can be ordered with a gasoline, hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The petrol version has a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive. This version is offered in three trim levels, namely Preferred, Urban and Ultimate Calligraphy.
The hybrid option seems to be less popular with buyers, as the brand’s strategists in the country have only stuck with this Luxury Hybrid livery equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine and a six-speed transmission which is automatic. All-wheel drive is also standard.
Finally, the plug-in hybrid option is also offered at one level, the same as the Luxury Hybrid, but you have to pay $4,600 more to switch to plug-in hybrid mode… and take advantage of government rebates and more autonomy in electric mode!
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It’s the same kind of strategy for Tucson. The SUV is available in four trim levels with a combustion engine: Essential (two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive available), Preferred (two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive available), Urban or N Line for more want a sporty touch in their SUV.
The two electrified options (hybrid and plug-in hybrid) are both available in Luxury hybrid or Ultimate hybrid liveries. Both versions of the Tucson use the same 1.6-liter turbocharged powertrain found in the Santa Fe.
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The 2023 model year is when the entry-level Venue ditches the manual transmission for good. Yes, IVT (for Intelligent Variable Transmission) is the only transmission option between the small 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and the front-wheel drive.
The Trend livery has also been sent into retirement, leaving three choices for the consumer: Essential, Preferred and Ultimate.
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Hyundai Santa Cruz
The Korean manufacturer is finally represented in the most suitable niche of the leisure van. Hyundai Canada’s offering should compete with the Ford Maverick which is available in various liveries. In fact, the strategists of the Korean brand preferred to ignore the less rich version of the pickup, unlike the American market where atmospheric mechanics are available.
With us, only the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine is offered, the engine that comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Note that the Santa Cruz is richly equipped, whether in the Preferred livery or the “all-dressed” Ultimate.
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