The Hyundai Motor Group is presently working on the next-generation Sorento and the Santa Fe's impending redesign. Interestingly, the company's devotion to eco-friendly alternatives shows that these new models will represent a substantial shift because they will not have conventional gasoline engines.
The European Union's (EU) strict pollution regulations have prompted Hyundai Motor Group to limit its future portfolio to just hybrid or plug-in hybrid cars. This action demonstrates the company's commitment to lowering pollution levels and intends to comply with the EU's Euro 7 emission standards.
The Santa Fe now comes with various engine options, including gasoline, gasoline turbo, and hybrid. It is already available in South Korea. The updated Sorento portfolio features a diesel variant, in accordance with this. It is anticipated that hybrid technology will become the norm, first for these SUV models and then for sedans like the Elantra and Grandeur.
The EU Commission has set a July 2025 deadline for the implementation of the Euro 7 legislation, which is motivating Hyundai Motor Group to accelerate its electrification efforts. SUVs are the first to be discussed because of their greater emissions of pollutants than sedans. Even more, Hyundai is developing a Grandeur PHEV, which should be on the market by 2025.
The automobile sector faces hurdles in light of the Euro 7 standards, which aim to tighten emissions limitations. All passenger automobiles sold in Europe are required to cut their nitrogen oxide emissions by 2025. Manufacturers—Hyundai among them—are struggling to install gas reduction systems, reinforce gasoline models, and accept higher car prices.
Because of the substantial financial impact of Euro 7, the European Association of Automobile Industries (ACEA), which represents well-known companies including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volkswagen, is against it. The European Commission is looking into ways to make the laws simpler since it understands the difficulties businesses face in a complicated geopolitical and economic landscape.
A more pragmatic approach to Euro 7 is what the European Parliament is aiming for, but ACEA Director General Sigrid de Vries highlights the difficulties the car sector faces. As the industry goes through a transitional moment, the cost and technical viability of new emission objectives, especially brake and tire emissions important for electric cars, continue to be major problems.