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Hyundai ix-onic Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Hyundai's relentless pursuit of market share continues unabated, and according to Autoweek.nl, the Korean automaker plans to bring four new models to market between now and 2011 to solidify its stronghold.

In addition to the Veloster-like Tiburon replacement rumored to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, a production version of the ix-onic crossover, originally shown in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show, is expected to debut sometime next year packing the same turbocharged 1.6-liter inline four as Hyundai's Tiburon successor and carrying an ix35 badge on the hatch.

Hyundai also plans to expand the i20 and i30 range in late 2010 by adding two MPV versions, one measuring 161 inches long and approximately 63 inches high, and another, slightly larger people mover with seating for seven. The following year, Hyundai will reportedly launch an all-new i40 (Sonata on these shores) to better compete with the Volkswagen Passat and Opel Insignia abroad. Taking inspiration from the Genus concept, both sedan and wagon versions will be available along with a range of four- and six-cylinder engines. Expect the new Tibbie to arrive in the U.S. late next year, followed by the Sonata replacement in 2012, and don't be surprised to see at least one new CUV from Hyundai within the next two years.



[Source: Autoweek.nl via WCF]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously, how do you pronounce "ix-onic"?
      ICKS-ONIC?
      Nine-ONIC?
      I-X-ONIC?
      I-X-sonic?
      I-X-So nice?
      I-sonic?

      Need a little help here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hyundai took ford/mazda's platform and added their own badge to it plus lots of blings..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or it looks kinda Mazda-like?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, for a second I thought it was a hot hatch Ford - yes, I thought it was a small car! with small girls! haha

        That front looks hot! So Kia are changing their design language (Cerato/Forte/Koup), makes sense that Hyundai are too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My first thought was Ford Kuga
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good Job Hyundai. You did it again. This car steals Mazda3 and Speed3 style. You're a great stealer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean the Mazda3 that "stole" it's roofline and rear window shape/D-pillar from the Pontiac Vibe and its front fascia from any no. of European hatches?

        Even the new Mazda3's horrendous "guppy" front fascia is lifted from the Peugeot 207.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peugeot_207

        Talk about outright "stealing"!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You mean the 2.0T not the 1.6T
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whichever engine it has, it will still look like a Ford Iosis concept car.

        Style Theft is Not Cool
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see a Sonata wagon, but my bigger hope is that Hyundai doesn't bring over the stupid "iX0" and "ixX5" designations to the States; if one thinks about it, economy cars have real names, luxury cars have alphanumeric designations, but ULTRA-luxury cars have real names. Also, probably one of the few things that was Acura's undoing was changing "Legend" to "RL", so Hyundai should avoid this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still, Hyundai, just Hyundai.
        Kumail
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you mean to say that company's can't change?

        Like the old GM and new GM?

        Like the old Hyundai and Kia and the new Hyundai and Kia?*

        I beg to differ.

        *You didn't include Kia, I did, I like the Forte/Koupe, Soul, and Soul coupe, which I haven't even seen yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We are a Hyundai retailer in S. Florida. These cars are really good. Value, Reliability and don't forget the warranty. Hyundai will be the largest car company in America within a few years if not sooner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of like how Toyota is still Toyota, Nissan is still Nissan/Datsun, Honda is still Honda, Mitsu is still Mitsu, Suzuki is still Suzuki, etc.?
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is in response to Yazuka-head.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess if Ford won't bring us their European "Kinetic" design language, Hyundai sure will.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Keep in mind that the ix-onic design is very similar to the Hyundai HED-2 concept which was revealed in early 2006.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait. Are they really gonna make a Sonata wagon? Because that would be great.

      A lot of these vehicles they're coming out with kind of defy "normal" classification. That's not a good recipe for selling to the masses, but it should make for some good discounts on very useful vehicles. This is exciting stuff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They'll make a Sonata wagon - then make sure we don't get it. We're going to probably get the Portico crossover instead.
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