Hyundai tailors new Solaris model to meet Russian drivers' needs
Dubbed Solaris it's the first model to be produced at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus (HMMR) manufacturing base located in St Petersburg.
The Solaris is based on the Concept RB that was displayed at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show (MIMS) and continues Hyundai Motor’s "Fluidic Sculpture". It features a coupe-like profile seen elsewhere in models like the new Sonata and is intended to project a refined and stately image. Inside the cabin, high-glossy black and metallic colors used in the center fascia add more futuristic and high-tech looks.
Solaris will be powered by the 1.6-litre or 1.4-litre DOHC in-line four cylinder Gamma gasoline engines that feature multiport fuel injection with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing). The 1.6 Gamma features 123PS and 155Nm while the 1.4 Gamma offers 107PS and 135Nm. Both versions will be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission or a standard five-speed manual transaxle.
Hyundai has equipped the Solaris with a number of specialised features intended to suit the local weather, road conditions and driving habits. For long and bitterly cold Russian winter, a rear heating duct, 4.0-litre washer fluid reservoir with a fluid level sensor that warns the driver when a refill is necessary and 60Ah battery for higher cold start performance are offered as standard. The wiper deicer, front seat warmers and heated outside mirrors are also available. Standard long-lifespan (1,500 hr) lamps are also offered as well as standard front/rear mud guards. There's also optional Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) which automatically triggers the emergency hazard lights in the event of a panic stop to reduce the risk of rear end crashes.
Hyundai Motor says it plans to sell 85,000 units of Solaris annually in Russia starting 2011 including the five-door hatchback model, which will join the line-up later that year.