Hyundai's move to rework its notoriously car-heavy lineup with a batch of new, redesigned or freshened crossovers is paying off. The brand has seen record sales performance this year among its crossovers, which topped the 30,000-a-month mark for the first time in June.The second half of 2018 will see reinforcements with the redesigned Santa Fe, an electric version of the Kona and the freshened Tucson. Next year, two new crossovers could be added to the mix.
Also, Hyundai's N performance subbrand will make its U.S. debut this year.
Accent: The sixth-generation subcompact sedan hit the market last fall as a 2018 model. There's speculation that the discontinued hatchback model could be replaced by a yet-unnamed small crossover, spotted during road tests in July, that's positioned beneath the Kona. The Accent will be due for a freshening in 2020.
Elantra: The compact sedan, now in its sixth generation, was freshened for the 2018 model year. It now has six trims to accommodate various driver tastes. A redesign could come in 2022.
Sonata: The midsize sedan, with its versatile lineup, was heavily freshened for the 2018 model year. The gasoline version went on sale in the spring. The conventional hybrid, powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 38-kilowatt electric motor that combine for up to 46 mpg on the highway, also was released in the spring.
The plug-in arrived this summer. The base plug-in model gets a $1,300 price cut from the 2017 model. A redesign could be on the way next year for the 2020 model year.