New Hyundai HB20 will follow the lines of SAGA and the new Elantra


The space of the Hyundai at the Hall of São Paulo, which ends this Sunday (18), is one of the most brimming with news. There are new Azera, Elantra and Santa fe, in addition to a luxurious Crete, called Diamond, and the hybrid Sonata.

But who steals the scene is the opening of the booth: the concept SAGA EV. It is a compact crossover with electric motorization, developed to give life to the new identity of the brand that will stamp the future models made in Brazil.

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Among these novelties may be a smaller utility than Crete and, HB20, Hyundai's best-selling model in Brazil, which is outperformed by Ford in monthly sales and risks losing its second-most-car position in the country.

So after six of the market, a deeper change would be welcome to give more breath until the arrival of the new generation in two to three years.

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The restyling of the HB20 is planned for 2019 and the SAGA gives clues as to how it will look. The shape of the headlamps and front grille follow the new Elantra and will inspire the compact.

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A projection of what would be the new HB20 was presented by digital designer Diego Souza, from the Instagram Automotive Creativity page. He used the SAGA EV and the new Elantra to get a result closer than you would expect from the new hatch.

It will not be a radical change as you anticipate the designer's projection, and as shown by the Internet-released car prototypes running in tests in South Korea.


Sure it will be longer, to improve the internal space – the 'squeeze' is one of the owners' complaints. The larger size will also enable the HB20 to face new rivals, currently larger in size, such as Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Yaris and Fiat Argo, not counting the Chevrolet Onix, which will grow larger with the new generation planned for 2020.

Engines 1.0 and 1.6 will also gain improvements to be more efficient, as well as the adoption of a direct-injection 1.0 turbo propeller, as most competitors have or will be available soon.

The hatch will incorporate stability and traction control (mandatory in the country from 2020) and electric steering (now only present in the HB20X), which facilitates maneuvering and helps fuel consumption.

Already SAGA EV, which the main attraction for the booth of the brand, has an electric motor of 204 hp and autonomy of up to 470 km.

The automaker intends to exploit this technology in Brazil in the coming years to fight with Chevrolet Bolt, Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, announced in the hall as the novelties for our market.

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* The journalist traveled at the invitation of Anfavea


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