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Hyundai has already admitted that they have two sets of tooling for their three-door Veloster, so that Hyundai can switch the door’s location for either left or right-hand drive markets, and the company has admitted that a Veloster with two rear doors is a possibility for the future.
Hyundai is apparently planning a five-door version for European markets, and company representatives were coy when asked whether it was coming to the U.S. Hyundai was similarly evasive regarding the Elantra Touring coming to the U.S., but with previous versions having already made the trip across the ocean, we might as well expect it at an upcoming auto show.
[Source: Car and Driver]
The next Hyundai Elantra Touring will ditch the traditional station wagon bodystyle and adopt a more compact hatchback shape, as consumers warm up to cars like the Ford Fiesta which are heavily promoted in 5-door guise.
Hyundai CEO John Krafcik told Autoblog that the current Elantra Touring would complete its lifecycle, and a new model would debut in a couple years. The new car would continue to be based on the Hyundai i30, a European-market station wagon that is sold here as the Elantra Touring.
By the time the new car is launched, the 2012 Ford Focus will also be on the market, and will likely be the stiffest competition for the new Elantra.
Hyundai‘s Elantra Touring station wagon will still be offered once the Elantra sedan is replaced here in the United States. In fact, we’ll even see a new Touring sometime after the sedan launches.
But the staggered introductions wont take place on the usual schedule, which often sees a new variant launch within 12 months of the main model. Because the Touring is actually based on the Hyundai i30, a European market small wagon, American consumers will have to wait for the i30 to get a re-design, something that is supposed to happen at some point in 2011.
While Hyundai CEO John Krafcik said that there would be greater integration of the i30 and the Elantra sedan, no timetable was given. The i30 has been around since 2007, so it might be due for a refresh sooner, rather than later, and with the leap in quality represented by the Elantra, it’s going to need one lest in look stale.
Hyundai is preparing to introduce yet another new model to its growing lineup and this time the car in question is an MPV (multi purpose vehicle). Built for the European market, a prototype has been spied testing in the Swiss Alps. The new MPV is expected to be based on the HED-5 i-Mode concept that debuted at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show.
Based on the same platform as the i30 (the Elantra Touring here in North America), the new MPV is designed as a five-seater with two extra seats in the trunk areas for occasional use. Power is expected to come from either a 1.7-liter diesel or a new 1.6-liter direct-injection gasoline engine, slated to debut in the upcoming Veloster. Styling will mimic Hyundai’s new fluidic design language.
Designed to compete against the Ford C-Max in Europe, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Hyundai deliver a stretched version of this vehicle in the coming years for the U.S. market. After all, Ford is about ready to do just that with its Grand C-Max, while Mazda already owns that segment with the Mazda5.
Just like the title says, it appears that Hyundai is prepping a wagon variant of its slick new Sonata sedan. Wagons have traditionally been met with a cool reception here in North America, but they are a must have vehicle for any manufacturer outside Canada or the U.S., where they are the family car of choice, rather than the SUV or Minivan.
Hyundai’s i35 (known here as the Elantra Touring) has been met with a positive reception in Europe. The Sonata has been sold in Europe before, but the new car has yet to go on sale, perhaps because Hyundai is waiting to launch both sedan and wagon at the same time. The Sonata has knocked off the mighty Honda Accord from the family sedan throne, and we expect the wagon to be a compelling rival to the Subaru Outback, as well as other crossovers…if it ever comes here.
See all the spy photos at the link below: