New Cars SG 2021 Part 2: Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus [UPDATED]


What: i30 small hatchback/wagon
Variants: 1.0 turbo 
When: Q1 2021
How much: From S$101,999 with COE

UPDATE: Check out our review of the revised Hyundai i30 hatch with its 1.0 turbo engine

The i30 gets a mid-life facelift, and would already be here by the time you read this. It now features the new Hyundai 3D-pattern grille that is already seen on the Venue and new Avante, flanked by slimmer LED headlights and V-shaped daytime running lights.

The interior has also been updated, with a new digital instrument cluster, as well as an upsized 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that replaces the outgoing version’s 5.0-inch item. The revised i30 also gets the SmartSense suite of safety systems, which includes features such as forward collision avoidance and adaptive cruise collision.

Under the bonnet, the previous model’s 1.4-litre turbocharged 138hp engine has now been swapped for a Cat A-friendly 1.0-litre unit that develops 118hp. Interestingly, it also means that the i30 will have the smallest engine in the local Hyundai line-up.

What: Kona small SUV facelift
Variants: TBC
When: Q2 2021
How much: TBA

UPDATE: We’ve driven the facelifted Hyundai Kona, in both hybrid and electric form

The other Hyundai to undergo a facelift in 2021 is the Kona compact crossover. Featuring revised styling up front, the facelifted Kona sports new slimmer LED headlights and a redesigned grille. Interior updates are restricted to an electronic handbrake, and a touchscreen that has been increased from 7.0 to 8.0-inches.

Local Hyundai dealer Komoco Motors has not finalised which variants of the facelifted Kona it will bring into Singapore, but at the minimum the current electric and hybrid models should be available here. There is also a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol three-cylinder with 120hp that could be considered for our market. Overseas markets also get a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol with 198hp, but that’s unlikely to make it here.

What: Palisade very-large SUV
Variants: TBA
When: Q1 2021
How much: TBA

UPDATE: Here’s our local drive review of the gigantic Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai’s move upmarket will be signalled by the arrival of the Palisade, a massive seven-seater SUV that’s bigger than the Santa Fe, and as large the BMW X5. As we first reported in June 2019, with its imposing grille and nearly five-metre length, the Palisade will be the largest Hyundai on sale here when it arrives in early 2021.

Komoco has not confirmed which engine variant it will bring into Singapore, but overseas the Palisade is available with a choice of a 2.2-litre turbo diesel with 200hp that’s shared with the Kia Sorento, a 3.5-litre V6 petrol with 277hp, and a 3.8-litre V6 with 295hp.

Komoco has confirmed though that it will offer the eight-seater variant of the Palisade, (though pricing is still unclear at this time) making it one of the very few eight-seater SUVs available for sale in Singapore. Given its status as a flagship model, the Palisade is naturally packed to the gills with luxury features. These include powered folding rear seats, dual sunroofs, roof mounted rear aircon vents, and a premium sound system.

Hyundai actually previewed the Palisade in Singapore way back in 2019 – along with a special Iron Man Edition SUV.

What: Santa Fe large SUV
Variants: TBC
When: Q2 2021
How much: TBA

UPDATE: The facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe is set to arrive in Singapore in September, and here’s the lowdown in our news story

The other SUV in Hyundai’s line-up to be revamped in 2021 is the seven-seater Santa Fe, which, aside from featuring extensive styling and interior upgrades, will also receive a hybrid powertrain for the first time ever.

The Santa Fe gets a redesigned grille that is bigger and more imposing than before, as well as a new tail light design that incorporates a light bar across the centre, a design trait that seems to be in fashion these days. The interior has also been upgraded, with a new 10.25-inch touchscreen sitting atop the dashboard, and a new rotary gear selector.

The hybrid powertrain uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with an electric motor, for an output of 225hp. That version is likely to be bound for Singapore, but there are also a pair of regular petrol models, including a 2.4-litre 185hp naturally-aspirated unit, and a 2.0-litre 235hp turbocharged engine, available elsewhere too. Further on Hyundai will also introduce a plug-in hybrid variant, but that’s likely to be some time in 2022.

2021 Hyundai Tucson in Singapore

What: Tucson mid-size SUV
Variants: TBC
When: Q3 2021
How much: TBA

UPDATE: The new Hyundai Tucson has now gone on sale in Singapore. Click here for all the specs and details

The fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson will make its way here towards the later part of 2021, and the latest model marks a huge leap over its predecessor in terms of design, technology and features.

The most distinctive design element of the new Tucson are the ‘hidden’ headlights, which are embedded as part of the front grille, and ‘disappear’ when switched off.

The interior has also been substantially upgraded, with a new 10.25-inch touchscreen taking centre-place on the dashboard. The instrument cluster is also now an all-digital affair, with a design that’s reminiscent of the ones seen in current Mercedes-Benz models.

Engine options have not been finalised for Singapore, but the new Tucson is available with 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engines that produce either 150hp or 180hp, as well as a hybrid model that has a system output of 230hp. Further down the line, the Tucson will also have a plug-in hybrid variant with 265hp, as well as a tasty N-Line performance version for enthusiasts.

Like many of its competitors, the Tucson is likely to come with an extensive suite of driver assistance tech systems, such as adaptive cruise control, collision warning and avoidance, lane keeping assist and blind spot warning, to name but a few.


What: F-Type coupe facelift
Variants: 2.0 turbocharged
When : Tomorrow! News report out then.
How Much: TBA

UPDATE: We’ve driven the facelifted Jaguar F-Type, and you can check out our review here

The sexy two-seat coupe from Jaguar gets a facelift. While other countries get the V6 and V8 motors, here in Singapore we’re still limited to the 2.0-litre turbo engine (as with the current model), with the snarling R model with a V8 TBC. But it’s a powerful unit still, with 300 horsepower. The F-Type coupe is one of the best looking luxury coupes of this generation, but remains a low-profile seller due largely to two factors: coupes are not hot sellers at the moment, and those who are shopping for one seem to always gravitate towards the usual suspects like a Porsche or BMW 4 Series. 


What: Compass 4xe midsize SUV
Variants: 1.3 PHEV 
When : Q4 2021
How Much: TBA

A hybrid Jeep – what is the world coming to, or a sign of the times? Regardless of what you think of it, this is an interesting car. With a 1.3-litre turbo engine powering the front wheels and an electric motor doing duty at the rear axle, the Compass 4xe is going to be the first Jeep plug-in hybrid to go on sale in Singapore. A combined power output of 240hp should make for some lively driving, and you can expect an e-range of at least 40km. 

All-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

What: Grand Cherokee large SUV 
Variants: 3.6 V6
When : Q4 2021
How Much: TBA

The new Grand Cherokee is based on the brand’s Grand Wagoneer concept car and will be built on a platform shared with Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio crossover. The outgoing car dates back to 2011, which makes a complete refresh timely. It’s available with two engine options, a 3.6-litre V6 with 290hp and a massive 5.7-litre V8 with 357hp. A plug-in hybrid will follow sometime soon as well.

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