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Hyundai adding 13 new products by 2022

Hyundai is adding to its lineup with 13 new products set to debut by 2022.

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Hyundai has announced that it will add 13 alternatively fueled vehicles by 2022. That number includes six sedans and seven SUVs.

"As the automotive industry evolves to meet the needs of a diverse customer base and environmentally-aware society, we will continue to provide alternative-propulsion options in a variety of product choices," said Mike O'Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "For consumers seeking forward-thinking and eco-friendly personal transportation options, Hyundai's product line-up meets these criteria and more."

The first of those 13, the refreshed 2020 Ioniq Electric, Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The Ioniq is already American's most fuel-efficient car. The 2019 Ioniq Hybrid gets 57 mpg and starts at $22,400. Hyundai's 2019 Ioniq EV has a 124-mile range and starts at $29,815. The 2019 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is the most impressive with 630 miles of combined electric and gasoline range. It has a starting price of $25,350.

2022 Hyundai New Vehicle Plans Hyundai is adding 13 vehicles to its already-expansive portfolio.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Additionally, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be launched next year. AutomotiveMap has already driven the new Sonata, albeit with the car's traditional gasoline-powered engines, and found it to be technologically advanced and finely appointed, especially at its low $23,400 starting MSRP.

Other sedans in the Hyundai lineup include the Elantra and Accent. Hyundai's SUV lineup includes the Venue, Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe, and Palisade.

In 2018, Hyundai announced plans to introduce eight new CUVs by 2020 saying that the vehicles would be powered by a variety of current and future Hyundai engines, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells with both gasoline and diesel-powered engines. The already-launched Kona, Venue, and Palisade fit into those plans.

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Toyota's ready to make a big announcement.

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Auto Shanghai has another surprise in store. Toyota will debut an electrified vehicle next week and ahead of that moment, the company has leaked teaser photos and video featuring the model on its social media channels.

One of the posts, available on Twitter and Instagram, showcases the vehicle and a series of conceptual, perhaps inspirational, related items. A light shines as a reflection in an eye. A design on paper leads to a math equation. A laser, perhaps a plasma cutter, is focused on an object. Watch the see the rest.


It passes by quickly, but in there is the shape of a crossover. We've captured the moment in a still photo below so you can take a longer look. From the body design quickly shown here, the SUV is shaped more like the Toyota Venza than the Toyota RAV4. The key here is the rear side window, which is more triangular, like the Venza, than the squared-off RAV4''s.

202 The shape of the vehicle is similar to the Toyota Venza.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

2022 Toyota Venza EV

The face of the vehicle, shown in another social media post (this time on Instagram) and at the top of this article, shows a pared back vehicle face. The height of the vehicle confirms that it's in fact a crossover body style.

We do know that Subaru and Toyota have been working on an electric SUV for a while. While Subaru is likely calling the vehicle "Evoltis" there's some indication that Toyota may be reviving the "Celica" name for the EV. Batteries, after all, are made up of cells.

As of right now, we have to take the wait-and-see approach. One thing's for sure. We'll know more next week.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

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The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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