Big surprises were just unveiled from Hyundai at the 2018 Manila International Auto Show. Unveiled on the first day of the four day expo at the World Trade Center, four Hyundai vehicles, two of which are new takes on existing nameplates in the country, and the other two being completely new entries into the local market, were finally shown to the public.
The all-new Veloster is a 2019 model that comes with a substantial amount of changes to shake up the performance compact category, especially in the turbo trim. Aggressive new lines and vast changes to the interior lead to a more interesting choice for those looking to stand out from the usual swath of compacts.
Sporting a new look reminiscent of its new design language, the 2019 Santa Fe was also launched, powered by its 2.2-liter Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) diesel engine. A carryover from the previous generation, figures are at 200hp and 441Nm of torque. A vastly improved interior and new orientation of multimedia and instrumentation look more premium, as well.
First of the new vehicles introduced by Hyundai in the Philippines is the Kona. Aimed at providing a fresh, edgy design, combined with new connectivity and safety features, the Hyundai Kona is a compact SUV. Initial specifications say that the Kona will be powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine that’s good for 149hp.
The last of Hyundai’s new vehicles in the market, the Ioniq Hybrid was a surprise reveal for many. Powered by a 1.6-liter hybrid engine using a permanent magnet synchronous motor and a lithium-ion polymer battery, the Ioniq also features a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. We’ll have more on this exciting hybrid compact very soon.
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