It is expected that the updated “cityradio” Korean brand will present at the end of this – early next year. Model can get a body kit N Line, but the engines are unlikely to change.
Sedan Hyundai Lafesta with kupeobrazny silhouette debuted in 2018, it is designed specifically for China and launched production. “Cityradio” position as a “youth” model in the local range of brands it takes place between the Elantra and Mistra (another “celestial” exclusive). At the end of last year in the ranking of sales of Hyundai in Lafesta got the third line – sold over 99,000 units (in the first place is the Elantra, then the cross ix35). In the crisis of 2020 demand, of course, declined, but very rapidly: in January-March (more recent data unavailable) select on Lafesta stopped approximately 7,000 customers. However, as I found out a local edition of the Cheshi, the brand is preparing a facelift for Lafesta, which should encourage demand.
The Chinese reported that they were able to find in the documents intended for suppliers, the symbol F/L – ie facelifting. Details of the upcoming updates are not painted, but most likely it will be standard in the program: upgraded optics, bumpers retouched Yes the grille is, well, also they may have other materials, plus may expand the list of available equipment. But the most interesting another – in the same documents mentioned version of the N Line. Thus, the sedan, which Hyundai thinks “sports” may get “heated” option. In addition, if this project is implemented, Lafesta will be the first model of the brand with this kit in China.
Recall that in the global scheme, Hyundai N performance Line small hatch i10, the whole family i30 (hatchback, liftback and wagon) and the Tucson SUV, in addition, this version is officially announced for the latest Elantra and Sonata. From basic models of these machines differ, first and foremost, the decor – they have a more aggressive body kit and original grille. Some have also recalibrated the suspension, but the engines – the standard, without increasing power (in contrast to a full-fledged “evil” options N).
By the way, about the engines. Technical of new things for the Lafesta after facelift is not expected. The current sedan is equipped with petrol “turbochetverkami” 1.4 T-GDI and 1.6 T-GDI. The first produces 140 HP and 242 Nm, a second power is 190 or 204 HP (torque is the same for both variants – 265 Nm). The model is available with an uncontested seven-speed robotized transmission with two couplings, a drive – only the front. And in March of this year to gasoline Lafesta joined the “green” version with a 184-horsepower electric motor and battery with a capacity of 56.5 kWh (range of around 490 km, but it is outdated NEDC cycle).
The updated sedan probably present at the end of this – early next year. Outside of China model to sell still do not plan to.