In 2020, Hyundai and Kia will intensify their efforts to electrify the lineup. Within a year, the South Korean group will launch hybrid and plug-in hybrid modifications of the updated Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Tucson of the new generation. By the middle of the decade, companies plan to have 13 hybrids, 6 plug-in hybrids, 23 electric cars, and two hydrogen cars for two. The first electric car of the South Korean group will enter the market in 2021.
The second area of activity for Hyundai and Kia in the coming years will be autonomous driving technology. To this end, partners in the United States established a joint venture with Delphi Corporation, the largest manufacturer of auto parts in the world. The purpose of the joint venture will be the development of autonomous control systems of levels 4 and 5. In the future, the Koreans plan to equip them with their production cars.
By 2025, Hyundai and Kia will invest $ 87 billion in the development and electrification of model lines. According to rumors, part of these funds will be spent on developing a serial hot hatchback with a mid-engine RM19, the concept of which Hyundai showed back in 2012. The prototype of the sports car is based on the Veloster with a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine with a capacity of 390 hp. (400 Nm) mounted behind the seatbacks.