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Hyundai Prophecy concept looks like the EV lovechild of a 90s Mazda RX-7 and an 80s Porsche 911

Hyundai is using this new concept car to showcase its future electric vehicle plans.

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The next iteration of Hyundai styling and technology has arrived, looking a lot like a blast from the last. While modern vehicles often get nagged for being similar to each other, but the Prophecy is a bit retro in its design with a face reminiscent of a Mazda RX-7 and a rear like a Porsche from the Reagan administration.

What's underneath is entirely modern, however.

Hyundai Prophecy

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The concept car features an extended wheelbase and short overhangs, signatures of its electric vehicle (EV) platform. Hyundai emphasizes the car's volume as well as the harmony of aesthetics and functionality with the new model.

Hyundai says that the surfaces of the model are "clean and simple" with streamlined design inside and out.

The car's exterior features pixelated progressive lighting technology integrated into the headlamp, tail lamp, and spoiler. These are elements that are similar to what was presented in the Hyundai 45 concept.

The Prophecy is driven by using a joystick steering system.

Hyundai Motor Group is expanding its product line-up to include 44 electrified vehicles, and Hyundai Motor Company alone plans to invest almost 50 billion Euros for research and development into future technologies by 2025. The expectation is to sell more than 670,000 battery and fuel cell electric vehicles annually by this time, and to be positioned among the top three EV providers globally.

Hyundai has revealed the 11 hospitals that are receiving donations.

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Last week, Hyundai Hope On Wheels and Hyundai Motor America announced that they were donating $2 million to 10 hospitals across the U.S. to aid with the operation of drive-thru coronavirus testing centers. This week, the two revealed that they upped the commitment, now offering help to 11 children's hospitals totaling $2.2 million.

"The Hyundai COVID-19 Drive-thru testing grants are designed to get urgent financial support to institutions on the front-line in the fight against the coronavirus" says José Muñoz, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. "Children who are diagnosed with cancer are particularly at higher risk. That's why it was important to us to join forces with several children's hospitals around the nation to company this threat to the health and well-being of children. We are pleased to expand to 11 institutions nationwide, each with a $200,000 grant."

Hospitals receiving Hyundai COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing grants are:

  • The Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's, Orange, CA
  • UH Rainbow Babies and Children's, Cleveland, OH
  • Children's National Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • Dana Farber / Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Columbia Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Joseph's Children's Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Children's Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX
  • University of Alabama Children's, Birmingham, AL

The Centers for Disease Control has built a website that offers resources to individuals who have questions about COVID-19, including how to identify symptoms, get tested, and decontaminate your home at www.cdc.gov.

The 2020 Santa Fe is just one of the SUV offerings Hyundai sells in the U.S.

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In recent years, Hyundai has added three SUVs to its lineup and is currently developing their next utility vehicle. They've also refreshed the Tucson, modified the Santa Fe to become a strictly two-row SUV, and began selling the Nexo hydrogen-fuel cell vehicle in the U.S. Hyundai is now selling the Kona in an electric vehicle format as the Kona EV.

Scroll down to see them all.

2020 Hyundai Venue

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The Hyundai Venue is the smallest SUV in the automaker's lineup. It fits below the Palisade, Nexo, Santa Fe, Tucson and Kona. The Venue is considered a subcompact SUV.

The Venue comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Denim. The Venue SE starts at $16,350 and Venue SEL starts at $18,250. Hyundai's top-tier Venue Denim model goes for $21,050.

It is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard and a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. Models with the CVT are the most fuel efficient.

Hyundai does not offer the Venue with front-wheel drive.

The interior of the Venue focuses on passenger space rather than cargo space. It comfortably seats two adults up front but legroom is a little short in the back seat.

Cloth upholstery, an 8-inch touch screen, four speakers, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard. Buyers can add a sunroof, automatic climate control, push-button start, satellite radio, a second USB port, more speakers, and navigation for an added fee.

The 2020 Hyundai Venue is on sale now.

2020 Hyundai Kona

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The subcompact Hyundai Kona was much heralded when it debuted in 2018 as a desirable combination of the features and equipment buyers are looking for at the right price. Three model years in, the comments hold up.

The 2020 Hyundai Kona fits above the Venue and below the Tucson, Santa Fe, NEXO, and Palisade in the automaker's lineup. It is sold in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Ultimate. The Kona SE starts at $20,300 and the Kona Ultimate starts at $27,950.

It comes standard with a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A more powerful 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available. That engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Both engines achieve 30 mpg combined.

Hyundai offers the Kona with all-wheel drive (front-wheel drive is standard) and a Sport mode, which adds a noticeable amount of spunk to the car's acceleration.

The five-seater Kona has standard cloth upholstery. There's more second-row legroom in the Kona than in the Venue, but it's still short on cargo space, which is common in its segment.

The SUV comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo system, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and remote keyless entry. The long list of available features includes an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, wireless device charging, a head-up display, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, a sunroof, and an eight-speaker sound system.

Each Kona comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and a driver attention monitor. Available upgrades to that list include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

2020 Hyundai Kona EV

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The Hyundai Kona EV was only introduced for the 2019 model year. It has many pluses, but it is pricey, like many other electric vehicles.

Hyundai offers the Kona EV in three trim levels: SEL, Limited, and Ultimate. Pricing on the Kona EV SEL starts at $37,190 and the top-tier Kona EV Ultimate goes for $45,400. Buyers may qualify for a tax credit.

The SUV has a 258-mile range. It is powered by a 201-horsepower electric motor that is paired with a single-speed transmission. The model gets 132 MPGe in the city and 108 MPGe on the highway.

The battery takes 9.5 hours to charge using a 240-volt/Level II outlet. Using a DC fast charger, the SUV can get up to 80 percent of its range back in 50 minutes.

Hyundai has equipped the model with a list of standard equipment that is typical of a mid-grade or higher subcompact SUV including automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, push-button start, keyless entry, a six-speaker stereo, and navigation.

2020 Hyundai Tucson

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The Hyundai Tucson is a more premium take on the Hyundai Santa Fe in its top-tier trim levels. Since the reconfiguration of the Santa Fe, the two are both two-row SUVs. The Tucson is larger than the Venue and Kona but smaller than the Palisade.

For the 2020 model year, Hyundai sells the Tucson in six trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate. The Tucson SE starts at $23,550 and the top-tier Tucson Ultimate starts at $31,900.

It comes standard with a 161-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 181-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant is available. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. Neither engine is particular fuel efficient when compared to others in the class.

The five-seater Tucson has more room for adults in the second row than the Venue and Kona and significantly more cargo space. The compact SUV comes standard with cloth upholstery but finer materials are available in higher trim levels.

Hyundai has given the Tucson the same list of standard equipment as the Kona: a 7-inch infotainment touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. The available features list is similar too with a panoramic sunroof replacing the Kona's standard size one and dual-zone automatic climate control replacing single-zone automatic climate control.

The Tucson has a longer list of standard safety technology than the Kona and Venue, befitting its higher price tag.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is now a two-row SUV that offers a lot of bang for the buck. The five-passenger SUV is sold in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL 2.0T, Limited, and Limited 2.0T. Hyundai prices the base model Santa Fe SE at $21,125. The highest grade Santa Fe goes for $36,475.

The base model is powered by a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Buyers can opt for a 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder power plant. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engines get 23 and 25 mpg combined, respectively.

Hyundai has given the Santa Fe a good list of standard features (keyless entry, 7-inch infotainment system, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto) and a list of options that includes an 8-inch infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker sound system, navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, keyless entry, and a panoramic sunroof.

The model offers competitive passenger and cargo space, as well as an extended warranty for every grade.

2020 Hyundai Nexo

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The Hyundai Nexo is the automaker's hydrogen fuel-cell SUV. It is about the same size as the Santa Fe and Tucson and has two rows of passenger space. Hyundai sells the model in two trim levels: Blue and Limited.

The SUV uses a hydrogen fuel cell, lithium-ion battery, and electric motor to propel the vehicle down the road. Its powertrain delivers 161 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, which helps move the heavy model down the road with ease.

The front-wheel drive model has three drive modes: Comfort, Eco, and Eco+. It gets 57-61 MPGe depending on the trim level and has a maximum driving range of 380 miles.

Like other Hyundais, the SUV has a long list of standard equipment including heated outside mirrors, privacy glass, leatherette upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB ports, wireless device charging, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, and a luggage screen.

The 2020 Hyundai Nexo starts at $58,735 but it is only available in select states.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade

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The three-row Hyundai Palisade is a new SUV for the 2020 model year. It has much of the same equipment as the 2020 Kia Telluride, but it's looks are a completely different experience.

Hyundai sells the model in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited.

The Palisade is a front-wheel drive SUV that is powered by a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is available in all-wheel drive and has five drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Sport, Snow (AWD only), and Smart. It has average fuel efficiency.

Hyundai has given the Palisade standard cloth upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and five USB ports. Dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a sunroof, 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, and additional USB ports are among the available features.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade starts at $31,775.