It will live on in Asian markets as the Grandeur.

Say goodbye to the Hyundai Azera, at least in the United States. The Korean automaker’s official word on changes for the 2018 model year include a revamped Accent and Elantra GT, not to mention the all-new Kona compact crossover. Other familiar models either carry over or receive modest facelifts, except for the full-size Azera sedan which officially exits the U.S. market. The car isn’t dead, however – it will continue on in its home market where it’s called Grandeur.

 

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The move isn’t exactly surprising, as Azera sales in the U.S. have declined steadily in recent years. The current generation debuted in 2011, but after peaking in 2013 with just over 11,000 sold units the Azera entered a freefall. Even a modest facelift in 2015 couldn’t help the sedan regain momentum, selling just 5,539 models that year and less than 5,000 for 2016. Considering Azera competitors like the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon generally sell that many cars in a month, Hyundai’s decision to pull the Azera from American shores doesn’t really require an explanation.

There’s also the manufacturer’s upscale Genesis brand to consider. While the Azera was never a proper sport sedan, it did offer an upscale feel with plenty of options and a touch of luxury. By comparison, the base model Genesis G80 sedan has a starting price in the neighborhood of the Azera Limited, while offering similar features and superior all-around performance. In a segment that’s already packed and competitive, it could be easily argued that a new 2018 Azera would’ve simply been lost in the crowd despite a handsome redesign that will befall its Asian-market Grandeur twin.

With the Azera gone, the Hyundai Sonata inherits the role of top sedan in the manufacturer’s lineup. It’s a bit smaller in stature and lacks the Azera's glitz, but it has a refreshed look for 2018 along with a host of new options, including an eight-speed automatic transmission. For those who don't mind downsizing a bit, we found the Elantra Sport to be an entertaining machine to drive. Between these models and the G80, we suspect the Azera won’t be missed.

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HYUNDAI 2018 MODEL YEAR CHANGES

Below is a summary of changes to the Hyundai lineup for 2018 model year. This document will be updated regularly, creating a one-stop shop for the most up-to-date Hyundai vehicle lineup news. For additional product updates please subscribe to Hyundai News Alerts. You can also visit HyundaiNews.com for latest news on sales, pricing and technology. Please visit the product pages at HyundaiNews.com for more complete information. The models included in this guide are:

  • 2018 Hyundai Accent – All New
  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra – Carryover
  • 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – All New
  • 2018 Veloster – No 2018 model – long 2017 model year
  • 2018 Hyundai Ioniq – Carryover with New Plug-in Hybrid Trim
  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata – Redesigned
  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid – Redesigned
  • 2018 Hyundai Azera – U.S. Market Availability Discontinued
  • 2018 Hyundai Kona – All New 
  • 2018 Hyundai Tucson – Carryover
  • 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe – Carryover

2018 Accent Product Overview

 

  • Sophisticated Sedan Styling
    • Hyundai’s new cascading grill, expressive & upscale design
    • Contemporary & Intuitive Interior design
    • Available premium exterior features: Projector headlight w/ LED DRL’s, Power sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels, LED Taillights and fog lights 
  • Performance and Improved Dynamics
    • Eco-efficient 1.6L GDI Dual-CVVT 4-cylinder engine with Standard 6-speed M/T or optional A/T
    • Improved noise, vibration, Harshness (NVH) control and ride quality
    • 54.5% Advanced High strength steel and 323 ft. of structural adhesives
  • Improved Audio, Multimedia & Telematics
    • Standard 5-inch color touchscreen with rearview camera
    • Available 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
    • Available Blue Link® Connected Services 3-years with Standard complimentary service including Remote Start
  • Premium Comfort and Convenience
    • Available Segment 1st Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release & Dual charging USB (data x1 / power x2)
    • Available Heated front seats, Proximity Push Button start, Dual Automatic Temperature Control and Smart Trunk release
  • Exceptional Level of Safety Features
    • Standard Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
    • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Quality and Reliability backed by America’s Best Warranty

2018 Hyundai Elantra – Carryover

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan is a carryover from the all-new 2017 model. Changes are summarized in the below chart.

 


2018 Elantra Summary of Changes

 

ITEM

CHANGE FROM (’17MY)

 

CHANGE TO 
(’18MY)

NOTES

SAFETY

Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist

Not offered on SE w/ Pop Equip Package

Standard on new SEL trim

18MY SEL trim replaces 17MY SE w/ Pop Package

Rear disc brakes

Available on Limited Trim & Sport

 

Now on New SEL trim and Value Trim

Tied w/ 16” alloy wheel

EXTERIOR

Power sunroof

Available on Sport Trim w/ Premium package

Now Standard on Sport Trim

 

INTERIOR

Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/ Blue Link & HomeLink

Available on Limited with Tech package

Standard on Limited Trim

 

3.5” TFT LCD display

Not available on SE w/ Pop Pkg

Now on New SEL trim

 

COLOR

Color Change

Shale Gray Metallic (V8S)

Machine Gray (2C)

Starting May Production

PACKAGING

New SEL trim

Replaces SE w/ Popular Equipment Package

Newly added SEL trim (Base A/T plus):

  • Rear disc brakes
  • Hood insulator
  • Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • 16” alloy wheels w/ 205/55 R16 tires
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Auto headlamp control
  • 3.5” TFT mono cluster display
  • Rear cup holders (mounted rear of center console)
  • 7” Display Audio AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM w/ 6-speakers
    • Rearview camera w/ dynamic guidelines
    • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Popular Package

Available

Replaced by SEL trim

Limited w/ Tech Package

Dropped

Combined with Limited Standard Equipment and Limited w/ Ultimate Package

 

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – All New

The Elantra GT is an all-new model for 2018.

 

2018 Elantra GT Product Overview

 

  • Bold and Dynamic Design
    • Evolution of fluidic sculpture exterior design, stable and dynamic
    • Hyundai’s new cascading grille design
  • Exceptional Roominess
    • More cargo volume than Civic, Cruze, Golf, Mazda3 and Focus hatchbacks (rear seats folded)
  • Sporty Driving Character
    • Standard 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder engine
    • Available Elantra GT Sport w/ 1.6L T-GDI and 7-speed DCT with 201 HP and 195 lb.-ft. torque (estimated)
    • Available Multi-link independent rear suspension with larger front and rear brake rotors on Elantra GT Sport
  • Technology
    • Available AVN 5.0 8-inch Multimedia Navigation System and 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay and available Blue Link
    • Available Infinity premium audio w/ 7 speakers inc. subwoofer with Segment 1st Clari-Fi Music restoration technology
  • Premium Comfort and Convenience
    • Available segment exclusive ventilated front seats and panoramic sunroof
  • Class-leading Advanced Safety
    • Available Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert
    • Available Automatic Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection
    • Available Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control w/ stop/start capability
    • Available High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Alert
    • 7 standard airbags including driver’s knee airbag
  • Quality and Reliability backed by America’s Best Warranty

2018 Hyundai Veloster

There will be a 2018 Veloster due to a long 2017 model year.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq – Carryover with New Plug-in Hybrid Trim

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is available in three trims: Hybrid, Electric, and Plug-in hybrid. The Hybrid and Electric are carryovers from the all-new 2017 models. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is all new for 2018.

 


2018 Ioniq Summary of Changes

 

ITEM

CHANGE FROM (’17MY)

 

CHANGE TO 
(’18MY)

NOTES

Mechanical

All New (Plug-in Hybrid)

Not Available

Available

Rounds out the launch of Ioniq’s three electrified powertrains

Paddle Shifters

Not Available

Available on Hybrid

Standard on Plug-in Hybrid

Electric continues to apply Regenerative Brake Level Control Paddles

Safety

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)

LDW adds Lane Keep Assist function

 

2018 Hyundai Sonata – Redesigned

The Sonata is redesigned for 2018.

 


2018 Sonata Summary of Changes

 

ITEM

CHANGE FROM (’17MY)

 

CHANGE TO 
(’18MY)

NOTES

Mechanical

Transmission (2.0T only)

6-speed Automatic Transmission

8-speed A/T on 2.0T models

Adds ratio range at top and bottom of output speeds

Steering System

Improved ride & handling

Torsion bar stiffness increased by 12 percent

Improves steering response and feel

Steering System

Improved ride & handling

New steering calibration

Improves responsiveness and on-center steering feel

Rear Suspension

Improved ride & handling

Trailing arms thickness increased by 21 percent

Improves ability to manage heavy suspension loads

Rear Suspension

Improved ride & handling

New bushings

Improves ride compliance w/ quicker response times

Exterior

Sheet metal changes

Significant styling refresh

New sheet metal:

  • Hood
  • Front Fenders
  • Trunk

Bold, distinctive & advanced redesign

Design changes

Significant styling refresh

New non-sheet metal:

  • Front & Rear Fascia
  • Headlights
  • Taillights
  • Front Grille

Bold, distinctive & advanced redesign

Wheels

Significant styling refresh

New 16, 17 & 18-inch wheel designs

Bold, distinctive & advanced redesign

Sunroof

Panoramic Sunroof

Standard on Limited 2.0T

Conventional Sunroof

Improves weight and real world fuel economy

Headlights

HID Xenon Headlights

Avail. Limited; Std. Limited 2.0T

LED Headlights

Std. Limited & Limited 2.0T

HID headlights replaced with LED headlights

Interior

Center Stack Design

Significant styling refresh

New center stack design

Adds dimension & visual appeal

Steering Wheel

Four-spoke steering wheel

Three-spoke S/W

More modern design

Heated Steering Wheel

Not available

Available

Available on Limited;

Standard on Limited 2.0T

 

Multimedia

Navigation System

AVN 4.0 (800 MHz single core)

AVN 5.0 (1GHz dual core)

Available on Limited;

Standard on Limited 2.0T

Improved processor;

AM/FM/XM mixed presets;

New Bird’s Eye View (tilted perspective navigation)

Navigation System

Not available

HERE HD Traffic (Real-time Traffic Service)

In addition to SiriusXM® Travel Link® (3-month trial)

Does not require paid subscription

Wireless phone charging

Not available

Available

Available on Limited;

Standard on Limited 2.0T

Combined with AVN- equipped models for more charging options

Rear USB Charge Port

Not available

Available

Std. on SEL trim & higher

 

Blue Link Connected Care

1-year trial

3-year period

On models equipped w/ BL

Blue Link Remote Package

3-month trial w/ credit card (CC)

3-year period w/o CC

On models equipped w/ BL

Blue Link Guidance Package

3-month trial w/ credit card (CC)

3-year period w/o CC

On models equipped w/ BL & navigation

Safety

Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert & Lane Change Assist

Std. on Limited & Limited 2.0T

Standard

High demand feature

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Avail. Limited; Std. Limited 2.0T

Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)

Avail. on SEL & Limited;

Standard on Limited 2.0T

LDW adds Keep Assist function

Colors

Gray Exterior Color

Shale Gray Metallic

Machine Gray

All-new for 18MY

Blue Exterior Color

Nouveau Blue

Electric Blue

 

Black Interior Color (Cloth + Leather)

Not available on non-Sport trims

Available on all trims

 

 

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid – Redesigned

The 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are still under development. Stay tuned for more information.
 

2018 Hyundai Azera – U.S. Market Availability Discontinued

The Azera premium sedan has been a successful model in the Hyundai line-up for a number of years, with great style, comfort and generous amenities, all at a very appealing price point. 

Over the last few years, however, the Hyundai and Genesis line-ups have continued to increase the appeal of their models. 2018 Sonata has increased its comfort, technology, dynamics, design and performance. In addition, though distinct from the Hyundai brand, the Genesis brand continues to broaden the appeal of its mid-luxury G80 and premium luxury G90 models with attributes appealing to buyers holding the Azera on the periphery of purchase consideration.

As a result, for the 2018 model year, Hyundai Motor America will no longer offer the Azera for the U.S. market, simplifying its model line-up and broadening the appeal of its core models.
 

2018 Hyundai Kona – All New Model

The Hyundai Kona is an all-new CUV joining the Hyundai lineup in 2018.

 


2018 Kona Product Overview

 

  • Differentiated Styling – Stylish exterior with two-tone interior
    • Kona carves a unique place in the Hyundai CUV lineup with a distinctly fresh design and animated color
  • Nimble and Efficient Performance
    • Fuel Efficient with Sporty Handling
    • A spirited 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder engine enhances Kona’s sporty driving character delivering an efficient “fun to drive” CUV
  • Future-Oriented Technology
    • Advanced Safety and Multimedia
    • A set of safety and convenience features sure to wow segment shoppers with not just more but BETTER
  • Unique Design
    • Distinctly Fresh Design, Urban Smart Armor
    • Stylish Exterior with Animated Color Palette
    • LED Headlights, Taillights & DRLs
    • Practical Interior with Two-Tone Color Options
  • Driving Dynamics
    • Light & Rigid Body Structure with 51.8% HSS
    • Suspension Delivers Ride Quality & Secure Handling
    • Efficient 2.0L Atkinson Cycle with 6-speed A/T
    • Capable 1.6L Turbo with 7-speed DCT
  • Advanced Safety
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • Lane Keeping Assist
    • Driver Attention Warning
    • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
    • High Beam Assist
  • Thoughtful features
    • Heads-up Display
    • Wireless Charging
    • Rain-sensing Wipers
    • Power tilt-and-slide Sunroof
    • Android Auto
    • Apple CarPlay

2018 Hyundai Tucson – Carryover

2018 Tucson Summary of Changes

  • SE Popular Equipment Package renamed SEL
    • New for 18MY SEL is the addition of a 7” display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As such, over 90% of 18MY Tucsons will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay included.
    • SE Plus, introduced mid-17MY, is renamed SEL Plus
  • Value Trim was introduced late in 17MY, replacing Sport trim.
    • Contents include highly attractive features previously included in the Sport trim, such as Proximity Key Entry with Push Button Start and Hands-free Smart Liftgate with auto open, and now adds:
      • Panoramic Sunroof
      • Dual Automatic Temperature Control w/ CleanAir Ionizer and Auto Defogger
      • Auto-dimming Inside Rearview Mirror & HomeLink
      • Rear parking sensors
  • Individual features
    • Heated Steering Wheel included with Limited AWD models
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio moves from SE to SEL
    • HD Radio added to SEL level & up.
    • CD Player dropped from all trims except SE
    • Exterior color updates

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe – Carryover

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is a carryover from 2017.

 


2018 Santa Fe Summary of Changes

 

ITEM

CHANGE FROM (’17MY)

 

CHANGE TO 
(’18MY)

NOTES

Exterior

Premium Lower front fascia

Standard gloss black

Gloss black available w/ Value pkg. & up (Black Matte standard)

 

Interior

Front windows with auto-up

Heated side mirrors

SiriusXM

Standard in Sport

 

 

Available starting with

Sport Value Package

 

Side mirrors w/ turn signals

Prox key with push button start

Heated front seats

Available starting with

Premium Package

 

Available starting with

Value Package

Expanded feature set to Value Package

Safety and Technology

Blue Link

Limited Trial Periods

Complimentary 3-year trial period

 

Packaging

Limited trim (base)

Available

Discontinued

 

Santa Fe Sport w/ Pop Package

Available

Pop Pkg. renamed Value Package with updated feature set:

  • Heated dual power side mirrors w/ turn signal indicators
  • Power windows with front auto-up/down
  • Proximity key with push button start
  • 7” display audio w/ Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™ & SiriusXM
  • Dual automatic temperature control w/ CleanAir ionizer
  • Hyundai Blue Link® Connected Car System
  • Power driver seat w/ lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • LED daytime running lights (DRL)
  • Front fog lights & roof side rails
  • Premium front fascia

Exterior Color

Canyon Copper (RR7) &

Marling Blue (W7U)

Available

Starting May 2017:

Canyon Copper à Discontinued

 

Exterior Color

Premium Wood Finish Interior Trim

Standard on Santa Fe with leather seating surfaces

Premium Wood Finish Interior Trim

Standard on Santa Fe with leather seating surfaces

 

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.