Hyundai Motor Company has unveiled its all-round new electrified vehicle lineup and technologies with the Lafesta EV sedan leading the show at the 17th China Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition.
Specifically targeting China’s electrified vehicle market, the Lafesta EV is an ecofriendly model of the China-specific sporty sedan, Lafesta, released in October 2018, and will be available in mid-December.early part of next year.
Aside from the Lafesta EV, more than eight other vehicle models and four technology concepts and experiential spaces are prepared at the motor show that runs from November 22 through December 1 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, underscoring Hyundai Motor’s vision of electrification for the rapidly evolving Chinese market.
“With the launch of the Lafesta EV, Hyundai Motor Company is accelerating the popularization of its electrification drive in China at full throttle,” said Seogju Cha, the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Hyundai Motor Group (China) Ltd. “By ushering in electrification across all vehicle classes into the future, Hyundai Motor is playing a key role of bringing about China’s clean future environment as an ecofriendly mobility brand.”
The Lafesta EV sedan is defined by distinctive exterior elements, such as a new radiator grille, front and rear bumpers, 17-inch aluminum wheels, LED Head Lamps and Rear Combi Lamps and ecofriendly emblem, all of which accentuate the sedan’s athletic appearance. It measures 4,705mm in length by 1,790mm in width, and by 1,435mm in height with a 2,700mm wheelbase -- bigger than the Lafesta sporty sedan.
With a maximum power of 150kW and maximum torque of 310 Nm, the vehicle is equipped with a 56.5kWh high-capacity All Electric Range lithium battery with a drive range of 490km on a single charge. It also comes with a panoramic sunroof that can be voice-controlled.
Safety features include a set of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Safe Exit Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) as well as 6 airbags, burglar alarm and others.
In terms of interior design and features, the Lafesta EV is fitted with a 7-inch color Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) cluster showing EV information and the battery charge state; a 10.25-inch LCD Audio-Video-Navigation (AVN) infotainment screen tailored to EV performance; a wirelessly controlled Shift-by-Wire electronic lever; wireless cellphone charger; and a black metallic console.
With regards to connectivity devices, the Lafesta EV comes with an EV-specific navigation system that guides the vehicle to the nearest charging station and enables pre-controlled charging; the Baidu Duer OS voice recognition system allowing voice control of the sunroof, windows and other features; and the Home IoT Speaker Connectivity Service enabling home-based remote control of various tasks such as starting the car, air-conditioning and heating and locking the door.
Hyundai Motor has brought back the 45 EV concept, unveiled for the first time at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2019 in Frankfurt in September.
The concept car embodies a monocoque construction that combines the body and chassis in a single unit, lending itself its aerodynamic and lightweight frame. Its 45-degree angled roofline adds to complete a clear-cut and muscled silhouette of a hatch.
Other elements include a lattice radiator grille; fastback profile at a crossover ride height; mirror-replacing cameras as part of a wider suite of autonomous technology; large wheels incorporating a swirling diametric pattern; handle-free doors that slide open to create a wide, uninterrupted aperture; and shimmering silvery surfaces contrasting with the onyx, raven coloration and luster of the windows, sunroof, tires as well as front, rear and side bumpers.
Alongside the Lafesta EV and 45 EV concept, Hyundai Motor is showcasing a variety of its latest concepts and models.
The vehicles include the Veloster N eTCR electric racing car, Encino EV SUV, Elantra Lingdong PHEV, NEXO FCEV, all-new 2020 Sonata, ix25 SUV and 2019 all-new Santa Fe SUV.
And the interactive spaces and models include a bisected NEXO Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle; NEXO-based mobile fuel-cell charging system; H-SPACE, a cockpit-shaped experiential zone modelling future mobility environments; and the EV Step-up Racing zone for playing EV racing game.