In the second half of 2021, a variety of new cars, from compact SUVs to flagship large sedans, are waiting for domestic consumers. In particular, among domestic automakers, all brands except Renault Samsung are launching new eco-friendly cars and aggressively targeting the market.
Hyundai Motor Company’s compact SU in the second half of this yearV AX1 (code name), two high-performance N models, and a Santa Fe hybrid will be introduced.
The AX1 was originally developed with the goal of targeting the Indian market, and has a size that meets the specifications of a compact car in Korea. It is known that the body size is smaller than the Venue as well as the European strategic SUV Bayon (BC3 CUV). In the case of the local model to be sold in India, some specifications are expected to be different from the model released in Korea due to bumper design changes, etc.
The domestic sales model will be commissioned by Gwangju Global Motors (GGM). The powertrain is likely to be a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder MPI and gasoline turbo engine. The 1.0 gasoline turbo engine, previously applied to Morning Stonic, exhibits a maximum output of 100 to 120 horsepower and a maximum torque of 17.5 kgf m. Separately, the possibility of launching an AX1-based electric vehicle to target the Indian market is also being predicted.
The Avante N is a high-performance model of the 7th generation Avante (CN7) released in April last year. For the first time in the N lineup, it was produced based on the Hyundai Motor Group’s third-generation common platform, and a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine is combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The maximum output (280 horsepower) is higher than that of the Veloster N Performance Package (275 horsepower), and the empty weight (1450-1485 kg) is up to 70 kg heavier than the Veloster N (1380-1460 kg).
In addition, the first brand high-performance SUV Kona N is also about to be released. The Kona N is expected to lead the sales of the N brand as it can take the practicality of an SUV as well as more dynamic driving performance.
In addition, the Santa Fe Hybrid has completed certification and is awaiting release. As it uses the same platform and powertrain as the Kia Sorento Hybrid, the Santa Fe Hybrid is also expected to benefit from eco-friendly vehicles.
Kia is introducing its flagship models, the Sportage and EV6.
The new Sportage (NQ5) is a 5th generation fully modified model, and shares the platform and powertrain with the new Tucson (NX4). The gasoline model is equipped with a 1.6 turbo engine producing 180 horsepower and a 7-speed DCT, and an optional four-wheel drive system is supported. At the same time, the hybrid model completed certification by the Ministry of Environment. However, unlike the Tucson, there is no news about the diesel lineup.
The EV6, which is expected to be officially released in July, is Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle to which E-GMP, an electric vehicle-only platform, is applied. On the first day of pre-orders, 21,016 units were sold, exceeding the sales target of 13,000 units this year by 162%, and expectations are very high in the market.
Genesis will introduce three models, including an electrified version of the G80, the electric SUV GV60 (project name JW), and a completely changed model of the brand’s flagship sedan G90.
The G80 electrified version is a derivative model of the third-generation G80 and the first pure electric vehicle of the Genesis brand. The G80 electric vehicle previously obtained the Ministry of Environment certification as ‘G80e’ in Korea. new car It is equipped with an 87.2kWh battery and can travel up to 427km on a single charge (Hyundai Motor Group’s own measurement results).
The GV60 is expected to be the first premium pure electric SUV of Hyundai Motor Group. Based on the same E-GMP as Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, it is known that Genesis’s advanced high-end specifications will be installed.
The new G90 is expected to implement level 3 autonomous driving technology based on two lidar sensors. As for the powertrain, the 3.5-liter gasoline turbo engine applied to the G80 and GV80 and the 5.0-liter V8 engine are likely. In the domestic market, it is highly likely to maintain the current 3.8 gasoline engine in consideration of corporate demand.
Ssangyong Motor has confirmed the name of the brand’s first electric vehicle ‘E100’ as ‘Korando Emotion’. The new car will be introduced in the European market in October, and will be put into the domestic market later. It is expected to be available in the domestic market as early as the end of this year.
GM Korea imports and sells a partially modified model of the Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV, a crossover electric vehicle. The Bolt EUV is based on the same BEV II platform as the Bolt EV, and is said to be equipped with a battery with a capacity of 65 kWh to secure a driving range of up to 400 km on a single charge.
On the other hand, the possibility of delaying the release of some new cars to next year has been raised due to the prolonged shortage of semiconductors and parts for vehicles.
By Kwon Ji-yong email@example.com