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Here's what to expect from Hyundai, Genesis, and Ioniq​ in 2021 and 2022 in the U.S.

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is on its way to a showroom near you in the not-too-distant future.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

A screenshot of Hyundai's upcoming product plans, first reported by Motor1, reveals a timeline for vehicle refreshes and redesigns in the coming in 2021 and 2022. Some we knew about and are already on sale while others are a bit more speculative in nature. Lingering economic and manufacturing effects related to COVID-19 may alter these plans some, but expect these models to be on dealership lots soon as Hyundai and Genesis have already green-lighted them.

Though it's not apparent which models will get the tech, Hyundai's innovative After-Blow, Multi-Air Mode, and Fine Dust Indicator systems are sure to make their arriving in the coming years. The nifty tech pushes the A/C through seats and vents, and works to measure air quality.

Scroll down to see what to expect from each of the brands.

2022 Genesis Electrified G80

2022 Genesis Electrified G80Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

The 2022 Genesis Electrified G80 takes the typical parts of the G80 sedan and combines it with an electric powertrain. Specifics for the U.S. market version of the car will be revealed closer to its arrival stateside. Upon its debut, Jay Chang, Global Head of the Genesis brand said, "The Electrified G80, the perfect balance of athleticism and elegance, marks the beginning of our journey into the EV market, representing Genesis in the era of electrification."

Hyundai Palisade

The Hyundai Palisade is midway through its first generation so it's time for a facelift. It's possible that the three-row Hyundai SUV will get a revamped grille and updated tech, as well as a hybrid variation. WIth the addition of its Calligraphy version for the 2021 model year, Hyundai turned up the luxury level a notch on the model. Expect the Palisade to continue to offer a lot of bang for a buyer's buck.

Hyundai Santa Cruz

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: ExteriorPhoto courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is part truck, part crossover. On paper, it's a lot of what people want - off-road capability, bed utility, comfortable interior, and SUV-like ingress/egress. The Santa Cruz is slated to go on sale in late 2021.

Hyundai Sonata

The current generation of the Hyundai Sonata was revealed in March 2019 and is halfway through its eighth generation of existence. This Sonata is frequently praised by critics as delivering very good drive dynamics, comfortable seats, and a efficiency, all at a low price point. Hyundai recently introduced the Sonata N Line, offering buyers a sportier take on the model. Expect much of the same for the facelift 2022 version,, which could get a different face that doesn't look so much like a catfish and the latest Hyundai tech.

2021 Genesis G70

2022 Genesis G70Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

The Genesis G70 has been given a facelift for the 2021 model year that makes it have the styling of its G80 and G90 brothers while maintaining its sports sedan stance and aesthetics. Fresh tech and an optimized interior layout are also part of the refresh.

Genesis GV60

The GV80 and GV70 have been revealed. Genesis is reportedly working on an all-electric SUV, possibly smaller than the G70, that will be named the GV60. It's possible that the model will share a powertrain with either the Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 GT.

Hyundai Elantra N

2022 Hyundai Elantra N

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Like the Tucson and Kona, expect the Elantra to get an N variant quite soon. Hyundai made the vehicle, in prototype form, available to media during last year's Sonata N Line test drive program so there's no doubt that it will be on the market soon.

Genesis GV70 EV

On the timeline, shortly after the debut of the probable GV60 is an electric version of the GV70. Currently called the GV70 EV, it's possible that the automaker will refresh the moniker to GV70 Electrified in the styling of the G80 Electrified. Expect the electric vehicle to share a powertrain with at least one of the other EVs Hyundai has on the market like the Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 GT.

Genesis G90

The redesigned Genesis G90 made its debut in 2019 after just three years on the market. A redesign is in the cars again, with the G90 switched to a new platform that allows for electrification. Spy photos of the car testing reveal a digital dashboard. Look for the car to have many of the interior refinements that made their debut on the 2021 Genesis GV80.

Ioniq 5

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The newest member of the Hyundai family, the 2022 Ioniq 5, brings with it the prestige of also being the first of at least three all-electric vehicles that will wear the Ioniq name and be on-sale in the coming years. Hyundai will sell the two-row CUV in four configurations offering Standard Range or Long Range models equipped with rear- or all-wheel drive. Look for the first deliveries of the Ioniq 5 to start this summer. Timing for U.S. deliveries has yet to be announced.

Ioniq 6

The Ioniq 6 will be the second Ionia-branded model out of the gate for the new Hyundai sub-brand. Codenamed "CE", the Ioniq 6 is said to be a sedan that delivers impressive drive dynamics and quickness. Expect it to take design cues from the Prophecy Concept car and be powered by the same dual-motor setup as the Kia EV6 GT, which delivers 577 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque.

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The Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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The N Line forms a midpoint between the standard Kona and the Kona N.

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Hyundai has a lot going on, with new EVs hitting the market, but the brand has been on a surprising run with performance models lately. The Veloster N is an excellent, rowdy hot hatch, and the brand followed that act with the Kona N and Elantra N. Hyundai’s Kona N takes the hot hatch formula to the next level with an incredible powertrain and useful space, but it’s too much for many people. The mid-point is Hyundai’s N Line, which borrows styling cues from the hottest N variants but lacks the all-out grunt of those vehicles.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineThe N Line gets aggressive styling cues from its sportier N counterpart. Hyundai

The styling works for the Kona N Line, as it does with the Kona N, but the powertrains couldn’t be more different. Where the Kona N gets a 286-horsepower four-cylinder, the N Line comes with a milder turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which adds a layer of engagement not found in the continuously variable transmission that standard Kona models get.

That modest output lends the Kona N Line modest performance, with more noise generated than expected. In motion, the powertrain feels decently responsive, but it lacks the razor sharp nerves of steel that the Kona N brings. Shifting into sport mode changes the gauge cluster to a bright red and hastens the vehicle's responses, but again, it's important to temper expectations for a milder experience here.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineThe digital gauge cluster responds to drive mode changes. Hyundai

Styling is more aggressive than the standard SUV, with 18-inch wheels and mean-looking exhaust tips. The Kona’s front-end design is still busy and will still be polarizing, but the dark trim and sporty aero bodywork help the situation. The N Line’s all-black interior gets red stitching and accents that help break up the otherwise monotonous color scheme. The seats are supportive and comfortable, but could be deeper for better body-holding during spirited driving sessions. There’s plenty of room up front and a surprising amount of space in back, aided by the Kona’s large-ish rear door openings. Parents will find an easy time loading kids, and older children can ride in relative luxury with plenty of legroom.

A 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, which offers configurable colors and legible information. It’s paired with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, but a 102.5-inch screen with navigation is available. Hyundai’s excellent infotainment software runs flawlessly on both units, and offers an intuitive and straightforward way to interact with the vehicle. A Harman Kardon eight-speaker stereo also comes standard.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineRed accents liven what is otherwise a dark, monotone interior.Hyundai

The Kona N Line, while not as hot as the Kona N, offers a reasonable styling upgrade for people wanting a small SUV with sporty looks. Enthusiasts should look at the full-on N model for thrills, though, because the N Line should be viewed as more of an appearance package than a performance model.

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