The 2014 Hyundai Mistra has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 129.800 yuan and ends at 189.800 yuan. The Hyundai Mistra is a brand new China-only mid size sedan made by the Beijing-Hyundai joint venture.
At launch the Mistra will be available with two engines: a 1.8 with 146hp and 175nm and a 2.0 with 162hp and 194nm, both engines mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. In 2014 a new and very strong 1.6 turbo will join the line-up, output is 204hp and 265nm. Size: 4710/1820/1470, wheelbase is 2770.
More wood is always good, Hyundai bringing wood back to the mid-size sedan in China. There was a lot of wood in the early 00′s with even the smallest cars having fake-wood panels on the dash. Then suddenly all wood disappeared for alu-stuff and fancy plastics, but lately we see many cars with wood again.
The new sedan will compete with fine cars such as the Volkswagen Sagitar, the Citroen C4L and Honda Crider, all relatively small sedans with a premium look & feel. The Korean attack will on the segment be hardened in 2014 when the new Kia K4 sedan arrives, which is based on the same platform as the Mistra.
Hyundai-Kia will beat Volkswagen and GM in China within ten years, mark my words.
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