Today is the first day of the 2020 MIAS (Manila International Auto Show) Wired. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the annual auto show made its shift to digital platforms as a safer way to continue showcasing the country’s latest vehicles to the public in a safe manner. This morning, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) showcased the all-new Venue small SUV. In addition, the company also announced that it will be launching four new cars next year and this includes the all-new Hyundai Tucson.
This teaser photo was shown during the announcement, and from the silhouettes of the four vehicles, we can easily decipher what these new cars will be.
The easiest vehicle to notice in the teaser photo is the all-new 2021 Hyundai Tucson. Showcased earlier this year, the Hyundai Tucson gets a radical redesign. The front grille features a unique daytime running light design called Parametric Hidden Lights. When the Tucson is switched off, the grille simply appears to be covered in a striking geometric pattern. The sides and rear of the Tucson are equally striking, with its sharp character lines and striking LED taillights. The interior also gets a complete overhaul, now featuring a large 10.25-inch touch screen and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. There are also a set of LED ambient lights and loads of new tech features.
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson is available in a wide range of engines globally, but we suspect that the Philippine-market Tucson will be powered by any of its available all-new diesel engines. In Europe and South Korea, these diesel engines have a displacement of 1.6-liters and are available with or without the new 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
On the right side of the all-new Tucson is the facelifted 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe three-row SUV. The most noticeable change of the facelifted Santa Fe is its wide gaping grille, which extends across the entire width of the vehicle. It also integrates neatly into the headlamps–a signature style found on many newer Hyundais. There’s also a striking pair of T-shaped LED daytime running lights, in which a seamless line connects the daytime running lights all the way to the LED taillights. Though technically just a refreshed model, the new Santa Fe actually rides on an all-new platform that’s shared with the all-new Sonata.
We suspect that the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will feature the new 2.2-liter Smartstream turbo diesel engine, which is an evolution of the previous model’s 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine. The new engine produces 202 hp and 440 Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Up next is the facelifted 2021 Hyundai Kona. Hyundai’s popular subcompact SUV gets a comprehensive facelift for this year. The two-tiered headlight clusters are still there, but they get a sleeker treatment this time around. The front bumper design is completely new, along with a faux skid plate and a black mesh grille design. The taillights also receive a new design, while the shape of the separate reverse lights and turn signal lights mimic the headlights upfront.
In terms of engines, the facelifted Kona gets a plethora of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines with or without a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain. There’s also a hybrid version that promises even better fuel efficiency. Currently, the Philippine-market Kona is powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 147 hp and 180 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic.
Lastly, HARI will also be launching the new Hyundai Grand Starex. At this point, we’re not quite sure if this will be the all-new model that has yet to make its global debut or just a facelifted version of the current model.
It seems that 2021 will be an exciting year for the automotive industry in general. With so many new car launches being announced from a plethora of manufacturers, there plenty of reasons to be excited once again for the Philippine automotive industry.