New Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata planned for Malaysia – current-gen models including Veloster phased out
The current generation Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe and Veloster sold in Malaysia have been phased out, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has confirmed.
The three models that were on sale in our market have been replaced globally and HSDM is currently in the midst of planning for the next-generation models. We reached out to HSDM following queries from readers on the status of the seventh-generation Sonata (LF) and third-generation Santa Fe (DM). Fresh stocks of the Veloster have stopped arriving from Korea for some time now – the coupe was launched here back in 2012, with the Veloster Turbo arriving in 2015.
The current Sonata sold elsewhere is the facelifted version of the LF that surfaced in March 2017. It sports heavily-revised front and rear ends, but an unchanged dashboard that was first seen in 2014. Last year saw full model changes for the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and both the all-new stalwarts will be reaching ASEAN in the near future. As the Sonata facelift is already over a year old now, there is a possibility of our market skipping straight to the next generation to better match the competition.
The fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe made its world debut two months ago sporting a bold new look previewed by the Kona, a larger footprint and the latest safety features. The new cabin appears more upmarket and there’s also a new eight-speed automatic gearbox for the seven-seat big SUV.
As for the Veloster, Hyundai’s offbeat three-door coupe entered into the second generation in January this year, sporting a more purposeful appearance and a intriguing high-performance N variant. The niche product has never been a strong seller here, and we reckon that chances of the new Veloster reaching our shores are limited.
HSDM declined comment when asked about timelines, only confirming that it’s in the midst of planning for the next wave of Hyundais. If recent entries like the Ioniq Hybrid and Elantra Sport are a sign, we’re expecting solid propositions that are surprisingly pleasant to drive.
via Paul Tan’s Automotive News https://paultan.org
April 17, 2018 at 01:31PM