Hyundai For 2001
By Carey Russ
Like many other Asian manufacturers, Hyundai started out building small, entry-level cars. But it has ambitions, as shown by its 2001 lineup. The new XG300 sedan is the largest, most luxurious Hyundai ever sold in the U.S., and the Santa Fe gives Hyundai a presence in the sport-utility field. A new generation of the compact Elantra also debuts. The mid-size Sonata gets new safety and luxury features. The little Accent, new last year, has a new, more powerful engine, while the sporty Tiburon has freshened styling.
Hyundai luxury sedan? Meet the all-new company flagship XG300. It will compete in the near-luxury segment. It's a four-door, five-passenger sedan that is larger than Hyundai's Sonata. Standard equipment includes a 192-hp, 3.0-liter V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission with "Shiftronic" manual shifting, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, a fully-independent suspension, power locks and mirrors, and a six-speaker audio system.
The new Santa Fe is designed to combine the comfort and handling of a car with the style and versatility of a sport-utility. It features a unit-construction chassis with fully-independent suspension and a choice of 149-hp four-cylinder or 181-hp V6 engines. The basic Santa Fe is front-wheel drive, and a full-time four-wheel drive system is available.
Even though its newer vehicles are more upscale, Hyundai hasn't forgotten its roots. The third-generation Elantra is more stylish, larger, and roomier than the car it replaces, and is very well-equipped. All 2001 Elantras have air conditioning, power locks, mirrors, and windows, and dual front and front side air bags
The two top trim levels of the latest Accent get a twin-cam 1.6-liter engine with 105 horsepower, replacing the 92-hp 1.5-liter engine still used in the base level.
Hyundai Specifications 2001 XG300 ENGINE 3.0-liter V6 Peak horsepower: 192 @ 6000 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 178 @ 4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN Front-engine, front-wheel drive 5 - speed automatic CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Unit construction Front suspension: independent double wishbone Rear suspension: independent multilink BRAKES 4-wheel antilock disc EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: 19/27 Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons Santa Fe ENGINE 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder Peak horsepower: 149 @ 5500 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 156 @ 3000 rpm 2.7-liter V6 Peak horsepower: 181 @ 6000 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 177 @ 4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN Front-engine, front- or all-wheel drive 4 - speed automatic 5 - speed manual CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Unit construction Front suspension: independent MacPherson strut Rear suspension: independent multilink BRAKES 4-cylinder: Disc/drum V6: Disc/disc antilock optional EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: 21/28 to 19/23 depending on configuration Fuel tank: 17.2 gallons