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Hyundai in Australia has confirmed that it must have a true Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger rival in Australia by 2023, giving the brand its first real workhorse – and its first entrant into one of the country’s biggest segments.
It’s not unbiased Hyundai, of course. Kia has also confirmed that “work has begun” on its own ute people, with its new workhorse expected to advance in 2022.
For its part, Hyundai is targeting a 2023 launch time, with production facility locations now being finalised.
Now it necessity be said, it’s unlikely to look remarkable like the Palisade-based pick-up rendered above (though he’s fine work by Kksstudio.com), but make not mistake; a workhorse is coming.
“The sooner the better,” says Hyundai Australia’s achieve, JW Lee. “All the time I’m crying and praying whenever I contain the chance to bring this issue to headquarters, so the sooner the better.
“(But) 2023 is our target year. It depends on production and the plant. I think the candidate plant is tranquil under study, where we’re going to construct those vehicles is yet to be decided.”
While there is collected some waiting to do for Hyundai’s Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger rival, we thought we’d pull together everything we know so far in the brand’s incoming workhorse.
Hyundai is being realistic in its sales aspirations
Hyundai’s new ute should be in Australia in 2023, though it won’t look like the Santa Cruz (pictured)
That Australia’s ute market is both spacious and hugely profitable is no secret. We go, on average, around 210,000 utes per year, with the HiLux (51,705 sales in 2018) and the Ranger (42,144 sales in 2018) taking the lion’s share.
But it determination likely take time before Hyundai finds itself battling for the top spot, and this is something the brand knows only too well. And so the company’s Australian boss is being commendably realistic around where the new workhorse will sit on the sales charts.
“The more sales the better,” Mr Lee says. “But I’m not ambitious to take over the ute market. Currently the Mazda BT-50 sales numbers are 15,000 to 17,000 per annum. If we can come close to the Mazda numbers, then we’d be happy.”
Just to put that into a miniature more perspective for you, Mazda sold near 111,000 vehicles total last year in Australia. Hyundai sold 95,000. So if Mr Lee’s predictions are just, then a new workhorse would put Hyundai neck-and-neck by the Japanese brand on total sales.
There could be a snappy one
N handle Albert Bierman is open to an N-badged ute.
Hyundai’s R&D handle – and performance-car chieftain – Albert Biermann has his eye on the upcoming ute too, telling CarsGuide that he’s “ready for anything”, and suggesting he’d be happy to add a ute to his go-fast fleet.
“You believe to be ready for everything from Hyundai and Kia, so everything is possible,” Biermann says. “So there are no limitations.
“There’s no determined plan for that, but I mean you can expect everything while the time is right and the marketplace. And, yeah, we are moving.”
It would be easy to mediate of a go-fast Hyundai ute as a Ranger Raptor rival, but we actually think it would end up being something of a successor to the HSV Maloo – extra focused on the road than going expeditiously off it.
There could be a luxury one
Could Genesis be operational on a new premium pick-up?
And Mr Biermann isn’t the only one eyeing a new dual-cab’s potential, with Genesis boss Manfred Fitzgerald also not ruling out taking his premium wand to the brand’s new ute.
Mr Fitzgerald narrated CarsGuide that, while a Genesis-stamped X-Class rival wasn’t confirmed, he also wasn’t ruling it out.
“The sky is the surpass there, and also our imagination,” Mr Fitzgerald spoke. “We are thinking of several things out there, and there are a lot of white spots on the map.”
“Let’s see what we arrive up with in the future. I wouldn’t rule out anything.”
It won’t be a lightweight
Kia and Hyundai’s new ute want be here as early as 2022.
Forget the lifestyle-focused Santa Cruz pick-up concept, what Hyundai (and Kia) are talking nearby here is a serious workhorse offered in single-, dual- and cab-chassis guises and with a choice of petrol or diesel engines and four-wheel drive.
And yes, that income a one-tonne payload and a three-tonne (at least) braked towing capacity.
Take this, from Hyundai’s COO Scott Grant: “We have a fairly obvious and arduous list of minimum starting positions in periods of towing and other things that you demand in Australia, otherwise you are not in the game.”
It desire be tuned and tested in Australia
Kia has officially confirmed a ute is coming to Australia, and it won’t look like the Santa Cruz. (image credit: Kia Telluride Forums)
Almost every Hyundai is tuned moral here in Australia, undergoing a seriously comprehensive suspension program so vehicles can better run our, erm, challenging road surfaces.
And the ute desire be no different, with plans to localise the vehicle here, as well as put it through its hot atmosphere testing paces.
“As with pretty much all Hyundai vehicles, it will be tested here in Australia. Hot-weather testing happens here, so there’s no jam with durability,” the brand’s Bill Thomas has showed media in the past.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has revealed pricing for its new GLC mid-size SUV range, which will include a plug-in hybrid option for the fundamental time.
Entry to the new model starts by the GLC 200, which is priced from $66,100 then on-road costs.
The electrified GLC 300e mind join the line-up in the second quarter of next year, starting at $80,400, however, it will not be available by the Coupe body style.
Opting for electric power translates to a $2700 premium over the regular GLC 300, which is priced from $77700, while the GLC 300 Coupe arrives at $87,700.
Coupe variants come by a sportier suspension tune and unique cosmetic enhancements.
Stepping up to the AMG-powered variants starts among the GLC 43, priced from $109,900 for the standard SUV, and $117,400 for the Coupe.
Topping the line-up is the GLC 63S, which extends to $161000, or $168,100 in Coupe guise.
Both the GLC 200 and 300 are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, rated at 145kW/320Nm and 190kW/370Nm, respectively.
The 300e adds an electric motor, which ups maximum output to 235kW/700Nm, and provides up to 43 kilometres of pure-electric range.
From standard, the updated midsizer features 19-inch alloys, Artico upholstery, electric front seats, LED headlights, dual-zone climate regulation, ambient lighting, MBUX mutlimedia with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and live traffic information.
Safety kit includes traffic designate recognition, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot alert, park assist, a surround-view camera, keyless starting and Mercedes’ Pre-Safe accident system.
The 300 grade adds wireless charging, rear privacy glass, multi-beam LED headlights by adaptive high beams, 20-inch wheels, active flit control with steering assist, active braking encourage, evasive steering assist, active blind spot encourage and active lane changing assist, among others.
All GLC units are now standard among a MBUX infotainment system, displayed on a 10.25-inch touchscreen.
In Coupe build, the 300 gets a sportier suspension setup, AMG Line interior and exterior enhancements counting AMG wheels with tyre pressure monitoring.
The Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 ups the ante beside a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, outputting 287kW/520Nm, and equipped beside high-performance chassis and brake equipment throughout.
Standard for the 43 is a Burmester surround sound orderliness, head-up display with virtual image projection, three-stage heated front seats, leather upholstery and a panoramic or glass sunroof.
Sitting atop the range, the GLC 63S features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, delivering 375kW and 700Nm.
While all GLC variants feature all-wheel-drive, the 63S gains variable torque distribution and a rear-axle limited-slip differential.
Cosmetic enhancements include 21-inch wheels, a unique body kit, and Nappa leather and microfibre interior touches.
Hyundai’s Kona SUV will get the N go-fast use, with the brand’s performance and R&D manage all but confirming the move in Frankfurt.
When quizzed on incoming act models, the former chief of BMW’s M division gave a lightly coded response that points to the Kona pulling a go-fast makeover.
But the first to advance will be the i20 N, which has already remained spied testing at the Nurburgring, and which the brand’s Australian arm has its hand high in the air for.
“Next is a smaller car. You can call it i20-sized, just a little bit smaller than what we gain now,” Mr Biermann told CarsGuide.
“And plus another car sitting a little bit higher. That’s where we’re going. The smaller car is additional for Europe, while the car that sits higher is more a global approach.”
Quizzed further on whether the SUV-based N car would be bigger than the i30, the brand’s action boss confirmed the new car would be the same size as Hyundai’s novel performance hatch.
“I didn’t say larger, I said you’ll sit higher than the car we believe now,” he said. “I can’t disclose additional than that, but that should be enough for you.”
While some shorter than the i30, the Kona is built on the same platform as the brand’s top-selling hatch, making it the most likely candidate for a pretend overhaul.
Little is known on just what develop that performance will take, but Mr Biermann has previously confirmed a Kona N would borrow the same turbocharged 2.0-litre engine as the i30 N, which packs a 184kW and 202kW wallop.
This article was written by www.carsguide.com.au with title Hyundai’s new dual-cab ute confirmed: Here are the five things you need to know about Korea’s Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger rival.
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