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Two More New Models from Hyundai

Fri, 09 Mar 2001
Hot on the heels of the Elantra saloon and hatchback and the Santa Fe SUV. Hyundai has announced two new models.

Most significant is the Matrix, a smart, European-designed 5-seater MPV based on the Elantra platform which will go on sale in the UK in November.

Engine options are a 107bhp 1.6 petrol with 105 lb ft (143Nm) torque; a 133bhp 1.8 petrol with 122 lb ft (165Nm) torque; and a 76bhp 1.5 common rail direct-injected turbodiesel with 125 lb ft (170Nm) torque. The 1.6 petrol engine will be available with manual or automatic transmission; the others manual only.

At an overall length of 4,025mm Hyundai states that the Matrix is the shortest mini MPV on the market. Width is 1,740mm and height, 1,625mm. Versatility is enhanced by a 60/40 split sliding and double-folding rear seat.

The other new arrival is a tough, chassis-framed 4x4 to be called the Terracan. Engine options will be a 2.5 litre petrol, a 3.5 litre V6 petrol and a 2.9 litre common-rail turbodiesel. Standard equipment will include ABS with electronic brake force distribution, driver and passenger airbags, variable ratio steering; the option of manual or automatic transmission; and the option of either part-time four-wheel-drive with electric shift transfer or full-time four-wheel-drive. Dimensions are: length: 4,710mm; width: 1,860mm; height: 1,790mm. The Terracan is intended to meet the requirements of people who need a serious off-roader, leaving the Santa Fe for those who like the looks of a 4x4 but rarely venture off the tarmac. No decision has yet been reached as to whether the Terracan will be marketed in the UK.

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