LOS ANGELES -- Hyundai Motor America has named its upcoming full-sized minivan the Entourage.
The Entourage will arrive in spring 2006 as a 2007 model. It will be a platform twin of the Kia Sedona minivan. The Entourage will be powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine, likely to have about 265 horsepower, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The minivan will only be offered in long wheelbase trim.
Other standard features will be electronic stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Hyundai also will have six standard airbags, including side curtain airbags for all three rows of passengers. The third row of seats will fold flat into the floor.
The Entourage is the fifth of a seven-product barrage, which began last fall with the Tucson SUV and runs through next fall. Other products scheduled for replacement include the just-launched Sonata redesign, as well as redesigns of the Accent, Elantra, Santa Fe and XG 350, which will be renamed the Azera.
Hyundai's Korean parent company also has stated that a rear-drive entry-luxury sedan will reach the U.S. market in the 2007 calendar year.
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