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Hyundai plans to launch three new or refreshed models in the next year including the i30 (known here as the Elantra Touring), the new Santa Fe and the revised i20. All three vehicles will make their official debut at next months Frankfurt auto show.
The Korean automaker has not released much information on the Santa Fe, other than it’s coming, and is expected to follow Hyundai’s current styling scheme. Tony Whitehorn, managing director of Hyundai UK, said: “We’ve already shown with our other recent models that each car that comes out of this company is quite improved, both technically and in terms of emotional appeal.”
The Santa Fe will also likely feature styling cues from the smaller 2012 Tucson. Sources have noted that the new Santa Fe will get a new “ix” name in Europe to fit in with the rest of Hyundai’s lineup. However the Sante Fe nameplate is well recognized in North America and is not expected to change anytime soon. Stay tuned for more details!
[Source: Auto Car]
Now here’s a pleasant surprise. Famed Mercedes-Benz tuner, Brabus has teamed up with Hyundai to spice up their new i20. The result is the i20 Sport Edition. Over in Europe, Hyundai’s i20 is one of its most successful vehicles in the Hyundai lineup and now with a stylish kit and wheels, it could bring more fun to the car.
The exterior of the Hyundai i20 has been outfitted with a new front lip and fender flares, giving the car a much more aggressive profile. The headlights are now equipped with new daytime running lights and have received a black bezel treatment. A glossy radiator grille mesh insert was also added to spice up the front bumper. On the side of the car, the windows have been tinted and glossy B-pillars have been installed while the rear taillights received a dark red tint treatment. Outfitting each corner of the car is a set of 17-inch Brabus wheels wrapped with Yokohama tires.
The interior modifications seem to be trendy for the upcoming Halloween season. It has received a set of orange-themed Recaro seats, a black leather gearshift cover with orange stitching and a chrome shift knob. Receiving the leather treatment is the center console and door panels. In car entertainment gets a little added to it with a 7-inch touch screen nav.
We’ll probably never see the i20 Sport Edition stateside, but it’ll be hitting the European market in the first half of 2011. They’ll be available in three- and five-door setups.
Brabus Equus anyone?
GALLERY: Brabus Hyundai i20 Sport Edition
Official press release available after the break.