Hyundai Outlines 2018 Model Changes

Wondering what’s up with Hyundai in 2018? Well, you’re in luck because the brand just filled us all in on what’s going on for this upcoming model year, highlighted by some big redesigns and the introduction to the market of the 2018 Hyundai Kona crossover SUV.

Quick Breakdown

Below is a summary of changes to the Hyundai lineup for 2018 model year. Scroll down for more detailed updates from Hyundai.

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona-Market Introduction
  • 2018 Hyundai Accent-All New
  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra-Carryover from 2017
  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT-All New
  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata-Redesigned
  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid-Redesigned
  • 2018 Hyundai Azera-U.S. Market Availability Discontinued
  • 2018 Veloster – No 2018 model-Long 2017 model year
  • 2018 Hyundai Ioniq-Carryover with New Plug-in Hybrid Trim
  • 2018 Hyundai Tucson-Carryover from 2017
  • 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe – Carryover
  • 2018 Hyundai Fuel Cell-No 2018 MY coming, but an extended 2017 model year availability

2018 Kona Overview

Differentiated Styling-Stylish exterior with two-tone interior

  • Kona carves a unique place in the Hyundai CUV lineup with a distinctly fresh design and animated color

Nimble and Efficient Performance

  • Fuel Efficient with Sporty Handling
  • A spirited 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder engine enhances Kona’s sporty driving character delivering an efficient “fun to drive” CUV

Future-Oriented Technology

  • Advanced Safety and Multimedia
  • A set of safety and convenience features sure to wow segment shoppers with not just more but better

Unique Design

  • Distinctly Fresh Design, Urban Smart Armor
  • Stylish Exterior with Animated Color Palette
  • LED Headlights, Taillights & DRLs
  • Practical Interior with Two-Tone Color Options

Driving Dynamics

  • Light & Rigid Body Structure with 51.8% HSS
  • Suspension Delivers Ride Quality & Secure Handling
  • Efficient 2.0L Atkinson Cycle with 6-speed A/T
  • Capable 1.6L Turbo with 7-speed DCT

Advanced Safety

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • High Beam Assist

Thoughtful features

  • Heads-up Display
  • Wireless Charging
  • Rain-sensing Wipers
  • Power tilt-and-slide Sunroof
  • Android Auto]
  • Apple CarPlay

2018 Accent Overview

The Accent is an all-new model for 2018. The hatchback body style has been dropped.

Sophisticated Sedan Styling

  • Hyundai’s new cascading grill, expressive & upscale design
  • Contemporary & Intuitive Interior design
  • Available premium exterior features: Projector headlight w/ LED DRL’s, Power sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels, LED Taillights and fog lights

Performance and Improved Dynamics

  • Eco-efficient 1.6L GDI Dual-CVVT 4-cylinder engine with Standard 6-speed M/T or optional A/T
  • Improved noise, vibration, Harshness (NVH) control and ride quality
  • 54.5% Advanced High strength steel and 323 ft. of structural adhesives

Improved Audio, Multimedia & Telematics

  • Standard 5-inch color touchscreen with rearview camera
  • Available 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • Available Blue Link® Connected Services 3-years with Standard complimentary service including Remote Start

Premium Comfort and Convenience

  • Available Segment 1st Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release & Dual charging USB (data x1 / power x2)
  • Available Heated front seats, Proximity Push Button start, Dual Automatic Temperature Control and Smart Trunk release

Exceptional Level of Safety Features

  • Standard Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Preview

Bold and Dynamic Design

  • Evolution of fluidic sculpture exterior design, stable and dynamic
  • Hyundai’s new cascading grille design
  • Exceptional Roominess
  • More cargo volume than Civic, Cruze, Golf, Mazda3 and Focus hatchbacks (rear seats folded)

Sporty Driving Character

  • Standard 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder engine
  • Available Elantra GT Sport w/ 1.6L T-GDI and 7-speed DCT with 201 HP and 195 lb.-ft. torque (estimated)
  • Available Multi-link independent rear suspension with larger front and rear brake rotors on Elantra GT Sport


  • Available AVN 5.0 8-inch Multimedia Navigation System and 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay and available Blue Link
  • Available Infinity premium audio w/ 7 speakers inc. subwoofer with Segment 1st Clari-Fi Music restoration technology

Premium Comfort and Convenience

  • Available segment exclusive ventilated front seats and panoramic sunroof

Class-leading Advanced Safety

  • Available Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert
  • Available Automatic Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection
  • Available Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control w/ stop/start capability
  • Available High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Alert
  • 7 standard airbags including driver’s knee airb

Related Articles

Back to top button