Speculation

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 G80 Photo 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: Exterior Photo 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 G70 Photo 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

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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 5 Photo 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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Frightening security

Boston Dynamics' robot to patrol Kia factory

The robot is being tested as a security patrol unit.

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Breaking into an auto manufacturing facility was already a very bad idea, but new security tech being tested by Hyundai Motor Group makes it downright terrifying as well. In addition to cameras, sensors, and armed security guards, would-be burglars at a Kia plant in South Korea now have to face off with a semi-autonomous robot dog.

The Boston Dynamics quadruped robot, named Spot, is being tested as a safer and more effective way of providing security patrols to the plant. The dog is one of several robots designed and tested by the firm, which has long terrified the internet with its physically capable electronic beings.

Boston Dynamics Spot Robot The robot uses various sensors to detect danger and intruders.Hyundai

If you haven't seen it, the Boston Dynamics robot dog is frightening enough on its own, so it's an excellent choice to provide factory security. The robot uses an integrated thermal camera and 3D LiDAR to detect people around it, and can monitor high-temperature situations and fire hazards. It can be controlled remotely through a secure webpage, which allows personnel to see what's going on in the factory without putting themselves in danger.

The robot is capable of navigating tight spaces and can identify issues not visible to the human eye. It's also able to semi-autonomously navigate its environment, and has been developed with task management and deep learning-based vision technology. Boston Dynamics says that its tech can be expanded to other types of robot platforms.



The robot dog is currently in the pilot stage at Kia's plant in South Korea. It will be used to support late-night security patrols and increase safety for workers. Hyundai Motor Group will assess the robot's effectiveness and suitability for the job before expanding its use in other industrial sites.

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Safety and technology awards

Four Hyundai cars earn top marks for teen drivers

Best SUV for Teens $35 to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

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Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks vehicles in several categories. One relates to teen drivers and how well a vehicle performs in areas such as safety and available technology features. The 2021 rankings for Best New Cars for Teens were just released and one automaker hit it big. Four vehicles from Hyundai's 2021 lineup took top spots in various categories. They include:
  • Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Kona
  • Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $35k to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid


2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra HybridHyundai


All vehicles that earned awards in the 2021 survey are available with safety features that include forward collision warnings, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and lane keep assist. The vehicles also carry safety features and controls that allow parents to monitor their teen's behavior. Through the available smartphone app, parents can receive alerts when the vehicle goes over a set speed or if the teen leaves a set geographic area. The idea is that the functionality allows parents to coach their young drivers on their driving habits.


2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k 2021 Hyundai Ioniq HybridHyundai


To earn a spot on the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens rankings, a vehicle has to score well in several categories that include crash test scores and available advanced driver assistance features. The vehicle must also have scored well in the publication's rankings for its segment and price level.


2021 Hyundai Kona Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai KonaHyundai

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