Hyundai New Zealand has recently announced that they are going to be bringing a range of new hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains to the market in early 2022. In response to the Clean Car Programme, this is a move that will ensure Kiwis who are keen on the premium Hyundai option can also help with the initiative for a cleaner future.
The following new models will be available for pre-order very soon:
Hyundai Kona Hybrid
The standard Hyundai Kona 1.6L petrol has proven to be very popular in New Zealand. Its striking looks and well-appointed interior make for a very comfortable day-to-day vehicle. Kona’s small SUV proportions give it some practicality without it feeling too big or bulky. It is already available with a fully electric motor as an option, but until now was missing the step in the middle – a hybrid. If you’re thinking of electric but worried about whether it would work for your lifestyle, then the hybrid option is a good halfway-house that gives some fuel savings without the range anxiety. So far we know that Kona Hybrid will come in 2WD and will add a 32kW motor to the current line-up. You still get all the great colour options of the existing Kona, but with some specially designed alloys that set you apart as a hybrid driver. We’re expecting to see fuel economy figures close to 3.9L/100km overall, which is impressive for a standard hybrid system.
Hyundai Tucson Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid
The all-new Tucson has turned heads with its bold new look and refreshing design features. In terms of size, the Tucson fits well with most people’s needs. Classified as a medium-sized SUV it seats 5 with comfort and has plenty of room in the boot to cope with weekends and trips away. Tucson will soon add both a hybrid and plug-in hybrid to its lineup across both Entry and Elite specifications. There will be more flexibility in the drivetrain with a choice of 2WD or 4WD drive on the hybrid and AWD only for the plug-in. Importantly the plug-in model will be able to travel up 56km on pure battery power, which is a huge plus for those who do regular short hop driving. It means you can get your fuel economy down to an expected 1.4L/100km.
Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid
One of the most popular large SUVs in the country, the Santa Fe is a trusted badge by thousands. The recent launch of the all-new version proved yet again how fond New Zealanders are of the Santa Fe. Its size, interior spec and engine options are a perfect mix that fit many people’s lifestyles. The addition of both a hybrid and plug-in hybrid now means it goes up against the Mitsubishi Outlander to fight for the top spot as the best 7-seater PHEV SUV. All Santa Fe hybrid and PHEV models will be all-wheel-drive and will feature two different electric motor attachments depending on whether it’s a standard hybrid (44.2kW) or plug-in (66.9kW). Just like Tucson, it will be able to travel 56km on electric alone, and the PHEV should offer as little as 1.6 L/100km fuel economy. There will be some new alloys for these models as well as a different grille to denote the difference in the engine underneath.
If you want to know more about these great new models, sign up for alerts by registering your interest below. We will soon be offering pre-orders for these models on the website, but you can always choose to place one in person or over the phone if you wish to get in the queue early.
If you want to know more about these great new models, sign up for alerts by registering your interest. We will soon be offering pre-orders for these models on the website, but you can always choose to place one in person or over the phone if you wish to get in the queue early.