Thursday, May 10, 2018

2018 Hyundai Kona Named One of Wards 10 Best Interiors

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 24, 2018 – The all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona’s sleek and modern interior was acknowledged by the editors of WardsAuto today, which named it to this year’s Wards 10 Best Interiors list.



“The Kona smashes the notion that a small-vehicle interior will be bland or have low-quality materials,” said Christie Schweinsberg, senior editor, WardsAuto. “Thanks to its matte black plastics, great head-up display, generous advanced-safety technologies and funky lime-green accents -- all for under $30,000 -- the inside of Hyundai's new small CUV knocked our judges’ socks off.”

WardsAuto editors studied the vehicles in February and March, selecting the 10 winners from a field of 40 vehicles with new or significantly refreshed interiors. Editors evaluated the vehicles’ features including ergonomics, driver information, fit-and-finish, materials, value, safety, comfort and design harmony. There was no price cap on entries. Ultimately, WardsAuto editors are looking for interiors that raise the bar not only for that particular brand but also for that vehicle’s segment.

“The all-new Kona offers buyers a wide and spacious feel even with its compact dimensions and low roof line by using a strong horizontal character line,” said Andrew Moir, ‎interior design manager, ‎Hyundai Design North America. “The floating display design adds further to the occupants’ sense of interior openness and the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) controls are surrounded by soft, fluid details that contribute to a sensuous experience and enhance the comfort-focused environment.”



During the selection process, editors pay close attention to fit-and-finish, checking to see if seams are straight and match up cleanly on armrests, instrument panels and throughout the interior. Editors climb in and out of back seats and third rows in larger CUVs and SUVs to check overall comfort levels, headroom and legroom. Another increasingly important category is driver information. Smartphone integrations and voice-activation systems also are rigorously tested.

INTERIOR OVERVIEW

Hyundai designers also maximized Kona’s interior space for luggage storage capabilities, reflecting the requirements of customers with active lifestyles. The split-folding rear seats fold flat via a dual-level loading floor that gives three inches of additional vertical space and allows easy access for a variety of recreational equipment.



Technology is a strong selling point of Kona with standard features including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Owners can also enjoy the convenience of Qi wireless charging for their smartphones.

Kona has a number of unique and exclusive features compared with competitive vehicles. For example, Kona offers the largest Heads-Up Display (HUD) in the segment. The display is more than twice as bright as the competition and double the size, making it a lot easier to keep tabs on speed, audio, navigation and active safety information. Kona’s Driver Attention Warning is also a segment first, adding to Kona’s level of active safety. 

ADVANCED INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY

Kona offers a full suite of sophisticated technologies paired with user-friendly functionality to keep passengers informed and entertained. The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including standard Android Auto™ and standard Apple CarPlay™, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio and next-generation Blue Link® LTE-powered connectivity. The standard seven-inch color LCD display includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary input jacks, voice-command recognition and Rear View Monitor. The available eight-inch touchscreen navigation display includes next-generation Blue Link, traffic flow and incident data via HD radio, Infinity® premium audio with eight speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi ™ music-restoration technology.

Kona offers features that they would be accustomed to in larger CUV segments, such as a large color LCD electroluminescent gauge cluster, power driver’s seat, heated leather seats, automatic air conditioning and proximity key.



ACTIVE SAFETY

Kona offers advanced active safety features, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car’s front-facing camera and radar to help detect an imminent collision and to help avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three additional systems also utilize the front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

Kona radar systems also assist with the Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) to help detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during highway driving. The Rear Cross-Traffic Collison Warning (RCCW) helps detect when another vehicle may have entered the car’s rearward path, such as backing out of a parking spot, by providing a driver alert.

NEXT-GENERATION BLUE LINK® CONNECTED CAR SYSTEM

Kona Ultimate models are equipped with Blue Link®, including complimentary three-year Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Google Home®, Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the Blue Link smartphone app, Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and by using the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps.

Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The All-New 2019 Santa Fe Makes its United States Debut at the New York International Auto Show

  • Bolder design language for Hyundai’s best-selling SUV in the United States
  • New safety, comfort and convenience technologies
  • Increased visibility, cabin and storage space

  • Santa Fe Sport name dropped

  • NEW YORK, March 28, 2018
    – Hyundai Motor America today unveiled the all-new 2019 Santa Fe SUV for the U.S. market at the New York International Auto Show. As the best-selling SUV in the brand’s 32-year history in America—with sales of more than 1.5 million units—the Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its success story. Going on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2018, the fourth generation 2019 model builds on this success offering an all-new family-oriented interior, loaded with practical cutting-edge technologies and bold exterior looks.

    The all-new Santa Fe and Santa Fe Diesel are the third and fourth of eight new or re-engineered crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) Hyundai is debuting by 2020. Both models are bold SUVs that build on previous generations with outstanding driving dynamics and features aimed at technology and comfort.  


    Naming
    The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development and will carry an all-new name. The diesel version of the 2019 Santa Fe will also get an occasional-use third-row seat with one-touch folding second-row seats for easier access to the third row. The third-row seat will only be available on the Santa Fe diesel.

    A Bold New Look  
    The face of the new Santa Fe is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and a Composite Light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The exterior design is characterized by a powerful wide stance and an athletic body that makes a statement from 100 feet away. It’s a bold look that is enhanced by refined lines that reinforce the vehicle’s status in Hyundai’s SUV lineup.

    The profile of the Santa Fe features a dynamic character line that goes all the way from the headlights to the taillights and a larger daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround that provides a sleek impression along with better visibility. Featured diamond-cut 19-inch wheels communicate strength, as does the car’s rear appearance, now featuring a muscular high and taut shape. 

    Interior Design: Graceful Surfaces Embrace Strong Structure
    The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a roomy layout featuring a strong horizontal design theme and enhanced visibility. Premium touches such as the layered, three-dimensional instrument panel and contrasting seat stitching ensures a high level of luxury within the cabin. The Santa Fe’s larger DLO enhances the interior’s feeling of openness with generous amounts of natural light.

    The driver will also see several improvements including:
    • The audio/visual/navigation system screen has been tilted and positioned to reduce glare
    • The window switches and grab handles have been moved forward for more elbow room
    • The door map pockets have been reduced in size for more legroom
    • Cup holders in the center console have been repositioned for ease of use and the height and length of the center armrest has also been increased
    Comfortable Ride, Steering Feel and Stable Handling  
    Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension geometry of the 2019 Santa Fe. The biggest change sees the rear shock moved upright from an angled position, improving the ride and handling no matter the driving conditions.
    An optional self-load-leveling suspension provides the Santa Fe with a continuous ride height even while towing or carrying heavier cargo. This system allows Hyundai engineers to tune the rear suspension for comfort and avoid making it too firm for occasional trailer use.

    Smart Sense Technologies

    Hyundai Smart Sense technologies are now available on Santa Fe. Below are key standard and optional features:

    Category
    Acronym
    Feature
    Visibility
    HBA
    High Beam Assist
    Collision
    FCA
    Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    BCA
    Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
    SEA
    Safe Exit Assist
    LKA
    Lane Keeping Assist
    Driver
    DAW
    Driver Attention Warning
    Driving Convenience
    SCC with Stop & Go
    Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
    Parking Safety
    RVM with PG
    Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance and tailgate safe-open guide and high definition camera
    SVM
    Surround View Monitor
    RCCA
    Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
    PDW
    Parking Distance Warning Reverse

    Safety Features
    Hyundai’s Rear Cross Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCW) puts eyes and legs in the back of drivers’ heads. Using the Blind Spot Detection system’s radar sensors when backing up, the system can not only warn the driver if vehicles approach from the rear side, it also applies the brakes automatically.

    Additional safety features include Rear Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors it will honk the horn and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. The system is designed to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.

    The 2019 Santa Fe also gets Hyundai’s first Safe Exit Assist. This feature temporarily prevents doors from being opened when a vehicle approaches from behind even when the doors are unlocked. Safe Exit Assist works even if the driver has used the button to turn off the child lock feature. When the Safe Exit Assist detects an approaching object rearward it sounds an alert for passengers, a warning pops up on the driver’s center cluster and, most importantly, the doors remain locked.

    Interior Space and Visibility
    Interior cabin space has been enhanced on the 2019 Santa Fe. Inside, there is now more cargo room behind the second-row seats, when second-row seats are folded. In addition to more cargo space, second-row leg room has also been lengthened to be best-in-class. The H-point distance between the first and second rows has also been increased and the floor has been lowered for even more second-row comfort. Engineers also have incorporated one-touch folding second-row seats.

    Volume Comparisons

    (Cubic Feet)
    2018 Santa Fe Sport
    2019 Santa Fe
    2018 Tucson
    Passenger Volume
    108.0
    110.7 (2-row)
    139.1 (3-row)
    102.2
    Total Interior Volume
    143.4
    147.3 (2-row)
    150.7 (3-row)
    133.2
    Cargo – Behind FR seats
    71.5
    71.3 (2-row)
    70.7 (3-row)
    61.9
    Cargo – Behind 2nd row
    35.4
    35.9 (2-row)
    35.9 (3-row)
    31.0
    Cargo – Behind 3rd row
    -
    11.6
    -
    Head Room
    39.6 / 39.1 / -
    40.0 / 39.2 / 36.1
    39.6 / 39.2
    Leg Room (7P)
    41.3 / 39.4 / -
    41.3 / 40.9 (39.4) / 29.4
    41.5 / 38.2
    Shoulder Room
    59.4 / 58.3 / -
    59.1 / 58.3 / 52.9
    57.1 / 55.5
    Hip Room
    56.7 / 55.4 / -
    57.5 / 56.3 / 61.7
    55.6 / 54.5

    Exterior Dimensions
    The new Santa Fe’s exterior has also grown in size, giving the vehicle even more presence. With a length of 187 inches, a width of 74 inches and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for passengers than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.

    (Inches)
    2018 Santa Fe Sport
    2019 Santa Fe
    2018 Tucson
    Length
    185.0
    187.8
    176.2
    Width
    74.0
    74.4
    72.8
    Height (w/ side rails)
    66.1 (66.5)
    66.1 (67.1)
    64.8 (65.0)
    Wheelbase
    106.3
    108.9
    105.1

    Visibility has also been emphasized with the next generation Santa Fe. To help the driver, the outside mirrors are mounted lower and further rearward and the A-pillars have been reduced in size. For the driver and rear seat passengers alike, the rear quarter glass has been increased by more than 40 percent.


    Powertrains

    The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of three proven powertrains. There is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 235 horsepower (estimated). And the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine is the 2019 Santa Fe’s biggest surprise, with 190 horsepower at 3,800 rpm and 322 lb. ft. of torque at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm (estimated). All engines are mated to a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission.


    Theta II 2.4L/GDI
    Theta II 2.0T/GDI
    R2.2 CRDi (diesel)
    HP
    185 @ 6000 RPM
    235 @ 6000 RPM
    190 @ 3800 RPM
    Torque
    178 @ 4000 RPM
    260 @ 1450-3500 RPM
    322 @ 1750-2500 RPM

    New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
    The newly developed transmission provides quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging and efficient driving experience via the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra gears, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the outgoing six-speed model. The automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. A multi-disc and individually controlled hydraulic channel torque converter improves responsiveness by expanding the direct connection band, while a downsized oil pump and double ball bearings minimize friction loss.

    HTRAC Advanced AWD System
    The 2019 Santa Fe has Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.


    Infotainment and Sound Systems
    The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ offered with higher level trims. The base level trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

    When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Santa Fe’s upscale interior. The 640-watt, 12-speaker new Infinity branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail. The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.

    Smart Speed-Dependent Volume Control can automatically adjust the audio volume up or down based upon the vehicle’s speed and the system’s volume setting. The gain will change proportionally to the vehicle’s speed to overcome associated noise masking effects of the vehicle and thereby reducing the need to adjust the volume while driving. Additionally, the volume setting will taper the gain applied as the volume setting increases. This prevents the system from increasing volume further once road noise has been overcome.

    BLUE LINK® Connected Car System
    Santa Fe Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:
    • Widgets for easy access to remote features
    • Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
    • Access to Blue Link notification settings
    More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

    Heads-Up Display (HUD)     
    Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. The feature uses a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display and features adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately seven feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility.


    Hyundai Motor AmericaHyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

    Thursday, April 05, 2018

    New 2019 Hyundai Tucson Debuts at New York International Auto Show


    • Model Sports Fresh Design and New Technology
    • Standard Forward Collision Avoidance Assist



    NEW YORK, March 28, 2018 – The redesigned 2019 Tucson enters the highly competitive compact CUV market with upgrades inside and out, including a new cascading grille, new center stack design, more advanced safety features and available Qi wireless charging. Following 12 consecutive monthly sales records for the current model year, the 2019 Tucson is positioned for even greater sales success, with expanded features such as standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, available second-row USB charger and Surround View Monitor. Eighty-nine percent of 2019 model year Tucsons will have these technologies included and the vehicle will be arriving in dealerships this fall. The 2019 Tucson is the fifth of eight new or re-engineered CUVs Hyundai is debuting by 2020.

    2019 Tucson Updates
    • Exterior Design Changes
      • New Hyundai signature cascading grille
      • New headlight/DRL design
      • New front and rear fascias
      • New rear taillight design
      • New 18-inch wheels
      • Redesigned 17- and 19-inch wheels
      • Redesigned exhaust finisher on SEL and up
    • Interior Design Changes
      • New center stack design
      • New panel vent design
      • New leather seat design
      • New rearview mirror
      • New cluster 
    • More advanced safety features
      • Standard: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist
      • Surround View Monitor
      • Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
      • Driver attention warning 
    • New features
      • Standard: Electronic parking brake
      • Available: High Beam Assist, rain-sensing wipers, second-row USB charger, Qi wireless charging 
    • Expanded features
      • Standard: 7-inch Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
      • Blue Link® Connected Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link services
      • Standard: Shark-fin antenna

    “From a design perspective, onlookers will recognize a generational harmony between Hyundai’s new 2019 Santa Fe and the refreshed Tucson,” said Chris Chapman, lead designer, Hyundai Motor America. “The signature elements of the Hyundai cascading grille and modern-day surfacing found in the rear view create shadowy, dramatic impressions and represent the Hyundai DNA.”

    The 2019 model includes a revised powertrain lineup featuring more power. The two engines offered include a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine (with an estimated 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque) and a 2.4-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine (with an estimated 181 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. of torque). Both are coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter engine is found on the Value and SE trims and the 2.4-liter engine is inside the SEL, Sport and Limited trims. The six-speed offers SHIFTRONIC™ manual shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for higher fuel economy at highway speeds.

    “The 2019 Tucson trim enhancements place the modern-day Tucson as a top competitor for CUV shoppers,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Additionally, the recent influx of product accolades including Most Dependable Small SUV by J.D. Power and Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as consecutive monthly sales records for the current Tucson, each helped influence the redesigned 2019 Tucson for further market appeal.”

    Exterior Enhancements
    Design changes, including the new Hyundai signature cascading grille and Daytime Running LED headlights to the face of the CUV, align the Tucson with the rest of the Hyundai family. A redesigned rear fascia, including the rear taillight design and new 18-inch alloy wheels for the SEL trim and redesigned 17- and 19-inch wheels for remaining trims, offer a refreshed look. In addition, chrome trim has been added to the bottom of the side windows for the Limited trim, which further enhances the bold look. A new shark-fin antenna is also standard for all trims.



    Advanced Technology Features
    The newly refined 2019 Tucson offers more advanced technology features including a second-row USB charger in the SEL trim and Qi wireless device charging in the Limited trim to address modern-day consumer needs. The center stack, rearview mirror and instrument cluster have been enhanced as well.
    • Standard: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
      • The FCA system is designed to help detect and monitor the vehicle ahead and warn the driver if a collision may be imminent. The system also initiates braking automatically. The LKA system detects the lane on the road and assists steering wheel control if the vehicle leaves the lane when the vehicle speed is over 40 mph.
    • Available safety /technology features:
      • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection
      • High Beam Assist
      • Rain-sensing wipers
      • Surround View Monitor
      • Smart Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
      • Driver attention warning
            
    Multimedia Systems



    The 2019 Tucson is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest 7-inch Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ as standard equipment. Furthermore, Blue Link® Connected Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link services is available starting with Value trim. A second row USB charger was added in the SEL trim and, to eliminate the need for a charging cord in the Limited trim, there is an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

    Blue Link® Connected Car System
    Tucson Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:
    • Widgets for easy access to remote features
    • Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
    • Access to Blue Link notification settings
    More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.


    Hyundai Motor AmericaHyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Hyundai Ioniq and Accent Awarded Editors' Choice Honors by Car and Driver

    • Hyundai vehicles named top picks in the Hybrid and Subcompact categories


    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Mar. 5, 2018
    – Further proof of Hyundai’s quality across a diverse vehicle lineup has once again been demonstrated as the 2018 Ioniq and 2018 Accent were named among Car and Driver’s Editors’ Choice awards for the Hybrid and Subcompact categories respectively.

    The Ioniq was recognized for its three distinct powertrain choices, including: electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid, as well as class-leading efficiency that maintains a fun-to-drive experience. The Accent has been honored due to its distinctive design, fuel economy and redesigned interior. Both vehicles also feature dynamic design elements and an available suite of safety and infotainment features that highlight Hyundai’s commitment to a great driving and ownership experience for its customers.

    “As we continue to push the limit for driver experience and value, this recognition is a good reminder that we are changing what matters for our customers,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Car and Driver is one of the most trusted names in automotive journalism and we’re honored to have the Ioniq and Accent included in their Editor’s Choice picks.”



    Car and Driver’s Editors’ Choice awards are selected by combing through the hundreds of vehicles they test and review each year to highlight the standouts in each class. In-depth criteria including the results of their Buyer’s Guide in-depth testing, track performance, and value, help to narrow their choices to segment leaders, helping buyers decide which models are worth their consideration.


    Hyundai Motor AmericaHyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

    Thursday, March 22, 2018

    Vincentric Recognizes the 2018 Elantra as the Best Value Compact Car in the U.S.

    • Award Marks Elantra’s Second Win in the Compact Category

    FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 27, 2018
    – Hyundai’s reputation in delivering incredible value for its customers continues as leading cost and value analysis group Vincentric named the 2018 Elantra its Best Value award winner for the Compact class. This marks Elantra’s second Best Value award win and continues to highlight the long-term success of the model, which was also recently recognized as a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).



    The Vincentric Best Value awards are given to vehicles which have lower than expected ownership costs given their market segment and price. The prize measures cost-of-ownership using eight different cost factors: depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs.

    With available safety features like Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist, standard Blue Link features and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Elantra shows that excellent value doesn’t need to forsake driver experience.

    “The Elantra is a great example of how we are pushing the standard for what is considered great value in this class,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Its design, driver experience, infotainment and available safety features are a testament to making value not just about the savings you get out of your vehicle, but the experience as well.”

    “Our Best Value award highlights vehicles that deliver strong value throughout their lifecycle,” said David Wurster, president of Vincentric. “The Elantra’s win showcases Hyundai’s ability to provide better total cost of ownership, delivering higher value to their customers in the segment.”


    Hyundai Motor America - Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

    Tuesday, March 06, 2018

    Hyundai Celebrates World Debut of the All-New 2019 Santa Fe

    Hyundai Celebrates World Debut of the All-New 2019 Santa Fe


    •  Bolder design language for Hyundai’s best-selling SUV in the United States
    •  New safety, comfort and convenience technologies
    •  Increased visibility, cabin and storage space
    •  Introduces diesel engine option
    •  Santa Fe Sport name dropped

     
    Korean Domestic Model Shown

    SEOUL, Feb. 21, 2018
     – Hyundai Motor today celebrated the world premiere of the fourth-generation Santa Fe at its Motorstudio Goyang. As the best-selling SUV in the brand’s 32-year history in America—with sales of more than 1.5 million units—the Santa Fe represents Hyundai’s strong SUV heritage and continues its success story. Going on sale in the U.S. in the summer of 2018, the fourth generation 2019 model builds on this success using its family-oriented interior, loaded with practical cutting edge technologies and bold exterior looks.
    The third and fourth of eight new or re-engineered crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) Hyundai is debuting by 2020, the 2019 Santa Fe and Santa Fe diesel are bold SUVs that build on previous generations with outstanding driving dynamics and features aimed at technology and comfort.  

    Naming
    The five-passenger Santa Fe Sport will now be called Santa Fe. The current long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe will be renamed Santa Fe XL for the 2019 model year. An all-new three-row, eight-passenger SUV is currently under development with an all-new name. The diesel version of the 2019 Santa Fe will also get an occasional-use third-row seat with one-touch folding second-row seats for easy entry into the third-row by children. The third-row seat will only be available on the Santa Fe diesel. 

    A Bold New Look  
    The face of the new Santa Fe is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and a Composite Light design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The exterior design is characterized by a powerful wide stance and an athletic, bold look that makes a statement from 100 feet away, featuring refined lines that reinforce the car’s status in Hyundai’s SUV lineup.
    In profile the Santa Fe’s dynamic character line goes all the way from the headlights to the taillights, while a larger daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround provides better visibility and a sleek impression. Featured diamond-cut 19-inch wheels illustrate strength, as does the car’s rear appearance, now featuring a muscular high and taut shape.
     
     
    Korean Domestic Model Shown

     

    Interior Design: Graceful Surfaces Embrace Strong Structure
    The Santa Fe interior design combines premium quality with a horizontal and roomy layout and enhanced visibility. The instrument panel has a three-dimensional appearance providing a feeling of openness and enhances the natural light created by the larger DLO. Stitching around the IP and color-contrasted seat piping ensures a high level of luxury within the cabin.
    The driver will also see several improvements including:
    • The audio/visual/navigation system screen has been tilted and positioned to reduce glare
    • The window switches and grab handles have been moved forward for more elbow room
    • The door map pockets have been reduced in size for more legroom.
    • Cup holders in the center console have been repositioned for ease of use and the height and length of the center armrest has also been increased

    Comfortable Ride, Steering Feel and Stable Handling  
    Improved ride comfort, handling and stability are achieved through key developments in the suspension geometry of the 2019 Santa Fe. The biggest change sees the rear shock moved upright from an angled position, improving the ride and handling no matter the driving conditions.
    An optional self-load-leveling suspension provides the Santa Fe with a continuous ride height regardless of cargo or trailer tongue weight. This allows Hyundai engineers to tune the rear suspension for comfort and avoid making it too firm for occasional trailer use.

    Smart Sense Technologies
    Hyundai Smart Sense technologies are now standard on Santa Fe SE trims and higher. Below are the key features:
    Category
    Acronym
    Feature
    Visibility
    HBA
    High Beam Assist
    Collision
    FCA
    Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    BCW
    Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    SEA
    Safe Exit Assist
    LKA
    Lane Keeping Assist
    Driver
    DAW
    Driver Attention Warning
    Driving Convenience
    SCC with Stop & Go
    Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
    Parking Safety
    RVM with PG
    Rear View Monitor with Parking Guidance and tailgate safe-open guide and high definition camera
    AVM
    Around View Monitor
    RCCA
    Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
    PDW
    Parking Distance Warning Reverse

    Safety Features
    Hyundai’s Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCW) puts eyes and legs in the back of drivers’ heads. Using the Blind Spot Detection system’s radar sensors when backing up the system not only can warn the driver if vehicles approach from the side – it also applies the brakes automatically.
    Additional safety features include Rear Seat Occupant Alert, which Hyundai is debuting with the Santa Fe. The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle it will honk the horn, flash the lights and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. In addition to being forgotten in the car, tragedies have also occurred in cases where children accidentally locked themselves in a car.
    The 2019 Santa Fe also gets Hyundai’s first Safe Exit Assist. This feature temporarily prevents doors from being opened when a motorcycle, bicycle or vehicle approaches from behind even when the doors are unlocked. Safe Exit Assist works even if the driver has used the button to turn off the child lock feature. When the Safe Exit Assist detects an approaching object rearward it sounds an alert for passengers, a warning pops up on the driver’s center cluster and most importantly the doors remained locked.

    Interior Space and Visibility
    Interior cabin space has been enhanced on the 2019 Santa Fe. Inside, there is now more room behind the second-row seats, when second-row seats are folded and the leg room has been lengthened to be best-in-class. The H-point for the second-row seats has been moved back and the floor has been lowered for even more comfort. Engineers also have incorporated one-touch folding second-row seats.

    Volume Comparisons
    (Cubic Feet)
    2018 Santa Fe Sport
    2019 Santa Fe
    2018 Tucson
    Passenger Volume
    108.0
    110.7 (2-row)
    139.1 (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
    102.2
    Total Interior Volume
    143.4
    147.3 (2-row)
    150.7 (3-row)
    133.2
    Cargo – Behind FR seats
    71.5
    71.3 (2-row)
    70.7  (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
    61.9
    Cargo – Behind 2nd row
    35.4
    36.6 (2-row)
    35.9  (3-row, 2019 diesel only)
    31.0
    Cargo – Behind 3rd row
    -
    11.6 (2019 diesel only)
    -
    Head Room
    39.6 / 39.1 / -
    40.0 / 39.2 / 36.1
    39.6 / 39.2
    Leg Room (7P)
    41.3 / 39.4 / -
    44.1 / 40.4 (39.4) / 29.4
    41.5 / 38.2
    Shoulder Room
    59.4 / 58.3 / -
    59.1 / 58.3 / 52.9
    57.1 / 55.5
    Hip Room
    56.7 / 55.4 / -
    57.5 / 56.3 / 61.7
    55.6 / 54.5

    Exterior Dimensions
    Its exterior dimensions make the new Santa Fe appear even more prominent. With a length of 187 inches, a width of 74 inches and a longer wheelbase, it also provides more comfort for passengers than the outgoing 2018 Santa Fe Sport.
     
    (Inches)
    2018 Santa Fe Sport
    2019 Santa Fe
    2018 Tucson
    Length
    185.0
    187.8
    176.2
    Width
    74.0
    74.4
    72.8
    Height (w/ side rails)
    66.1 (66.5)
    66.1 (67.1)
    64.8 (65.0)
    Wheelbase
    106.3
    108.9
    105.1

    Visibility was also emphasized with the next generation Santa Fe. To help the driver, the outside mirrors are mounted lower and further rearward and the A-pillars have been reduced in size. For the driver and rear seat passengers alike, the rear quarter glass has been increased by more than 40 percent.

    Powertrains
    The 2019 Santa Fe line-up offers a choice of three proven powertrains. There is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with an estimated 185 horsepower or a more powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 232 horsepower (estimated). And the 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine is the 2019 Santa Fe’s biggest surprise, with around 200 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 320 lb. ft. of torque at 1,750 rpm (estimated). All engines are mated to a brand new eight-speed automatic transmission. 

    New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
    The newly developed transmission provides quick and crisp shifts for a more engaging and efficient driving experience via the available column-mounted paddles. Despite having two extra gears, the eight-speed transmission, which was designed in-house, is lighter than the outgoing six-speed model. The automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient dash down the interstate. A direct control valve body and a multi-plate torque converter improve responsiveness while a double ball bearing minimizes friction loss. All the changes added up means that Santa Fe’s new transmission will improve economy by more than three percent.

    HTRAC Advanced AWD System
    The 2019 Santa Fe has Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all-weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to variable conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.

    Infotainment and Sound Systems
    The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ offered with higher level trims. The base level trim gets a standard 7-inch user interface, also equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. And to eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices, as well as Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
    When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Santa Fe’s upscale interior. The 630-watt, 12-speaker new Infinity branded stereo system with an 11-channel amplifier features Clari-Fi technology and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail. The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.
    Smart Speed-Dependent Volume Control provides the capability to control the gain of individual channels based upon the vehicle’s speed and the system’s volume setting. The gain will change proportionally to the vehicle’s speed to overcome associated noise masking effects of the vehicle and thereby reducing the need to adjust the volume while driving. Additionally, the volume setting will taper the gain applied as the volume setting increases. This avoids the unnatural condition of having additional gain applied when the volume output of the system is so high that it exceeds any of the vehicle generated road noise.

    BLUE LINK® Connected Car System
    Santa Fe Blue Link-equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:
    • Widgets for easy access to remote features
    • Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
    • Access to Blue Link notification settings
    More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

    Heads-Up Display (HUD)    
    Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects an 8.5-inch virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road using a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display. The system features adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately seven feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility while driving.