Hyundai HB20X compact crossover to enter Brazilian market

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The 2012 Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil is about to start this week, and Hyundai will have its new HB20X compact crossover at the show. The new Hyundai HB20X compact crossover is designed exclusively to be versatile and light on the gas, which will go on sale early next year.

The new Hyundai HB20X compact crossover is based on the hatchback model, but it gets a revamped front-end featuring Hyundai’s unique hexagonal grille along with new fog lamps and chrome accented headlights. Among other unique elements are the plastic moldings around the wheel arches and rockers panels, and black molding surrounds the upper and lower sections of the bumper to spice up the agile appearance.

To complete the crossover transformation, the Hyundai HB20X compact crossover gets a higher suspension, sports pedals, chrome door handles and double stitches on the steering wheel.

Power for the Hyundai HB20X compact crossover is provided by a flex-fuel 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing about 128 horsepower. The engine can be mated to either a manual or automatic transmission.

“We are confident that the HB family will not only meet, but exceed Brazilian consumers’ expectations with its outstanding design, finish and flexible fuel support,” Hyundai Motor’s Vice Chairman Euisun Chung said during a speech at the motor show. “Furthermore, with our new plant, Hyundai’s ultimate goal is to become a true partner of Brazil, a country that is dynamically emerging as a major force in the world’s economy,” he added.

The Hyundai HB20X compact crossover is schedule to debut in the first quarter of next year along with the hatchback and sedan versions.