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Hyundai Entourage 2007+

navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
Hyundai really is rolling out a lot of products, with the release of the 2006 Sonata, Azera, Elantra, and a new Accent and Sonata on the way.

Now Hyundai prepares to roll out its first minivan for North America, the Entourage.

The platform is supposed to be shared with the new Kia Sedona, and power is expected to come from the same 3.8l V6 265hp engine that powers the new Azera.

On the safety front, the Entourage will have the Electronic Stability Control, with traction control and ABS. Six airbags and side curtain airbags will also be available.

Hyundai really is gunning for the American and Japanese big three with the release of it Sonata, and now the Entourage. And with everything the van has, there's no reason why it wont become a class leader.

BTW, in other markets like in the Middle East, Hyundai has offered two vans, the H-1 and Trajet.

Here's the Inside Line link.

http://www.edmunds.com/future/2007/hyundai/entourage/100548288/preview.html
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  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    They have confirmed that it will have the 3.8, although power figures have not been released yet. It is only going to be in long wheel base form. Rumor has it that the Kia will have long and short wheel base models available.

    They are supposed to hit dealers in January, so I'll expect to see it in March.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    You're right of course about power figures not being released yet. I said 265hp because that is the hp rating of the 3.8 used in the Azera.

    But whether it has 265hp or not, I don't doubt the Entourage having more than adequate power. Its likely the Kia Sedona's 3.8, 240hp engine will power the Entourage. Hyundai is really getting competitive, if the new Sonata is any indication.
  • larry1135larry1135 Posts: 43
    Is there any word on where it will be manufactured?
  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    Anybody have new info or spyshots of the Entourage? A minivan might be the next vehicle we end up getting as our first little one is on the way. :D I'd definitely want to check out Hyundai's offering.
  • Hey, congrats on the little one! :D

    I don't know of any new info on the vehicle, and there aren't any spy shots anywhere on the web... yet. This is quite an impressive achievement for Hyundai, as the vehicle will be available for purchase early next year, and could debut at an auto show in as little as three weeks (no guarantees, though). There are usually uncovered insider spy shots by this point. We saw the 2007 Santa Fe, for example, completely uncovered nearly two months ago -- a vehicle that is scheduled to go on sale after the Entourage.

    If you'd like, I can develop a projection of the vehicle's standard and optional equipment. I did a list for one of the Santa Fe threads concerning the '07 model. Sadly, I'll have to update the listing by additional posts on this website (rather than edits), but it should give you a pretty good idea of what we're looking at.

    Take care,
    Mike
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Hey guys I made a mistake when creating this thread.

    "Hyundai really is rolling out a lot of products, with the release of the 2006 Sonata, Azera, Elantra, and a new Accent and Sonata on the way."

    I wrote Sonata twice. The second should be replaced by Santa Fe.

    So it now reads like this.

    Hyundai really is rolling out a lot of products, with the release of the 2006 Sonata, Azera, Elantra, and a new Accent and Santa Fe on the way.

    Sorry about it.
  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    Hey, congrats on the little one!

    Thanks! :)


    I don't know of any new info on the vehicle, and there aren't any spy shots anywhere on the web... yet. This is quite an impressive achievement for Hyundai, as the vehicle will be available for purchase early next year, and could debut at an auto show in as little as three weeks (no guarantees, though). There are usually uncovered insider spy shots by this point. We saw the 2007 Santa Fe, for example, completely uncovered nearly two months ago -- a vehicle that is scheduled to go on sale after the Entourage.

    I was thinking that keeping it hidden for this long is pretty impressive too.


    If you'd like, I can develop a projection of the vehicle's standard and optional equipment. I did a list for one of the Santa Fe threads concerning the '07 model. Sadly, I'll have to update the listing by additional posts on this website (rather than edits), but it should give you a pretty good idea of what we're looking at.

    I appreciate this offer, but we're not seriously looking at buying a new vehicle in the near term. (well that may change if we find our two small cars can't handle the three of us, but that won't be until the winter close to the time when the Entourage will be released) My post was more out of curiosity. But if you do make those projections, I certainly would be interested in reading them.

    Thanks for the response.
  • This story appeared in Automotive News today:

    "Hyundai drops minivan plans

    Automaker will concentrate on SUV, sport wagon

    Charles Child

    Hyundai Motor America said on Friday that it has dropped plans to sell a traditional minivan next year.

    Instead, the company says it will add a seven-passenger SUV. Later, it will offer a six-passenger sport wagon.

    "We felt the best strategy was to leave the traditional minivan for others," says CEO Robert Cosmai. Hyundai wants to "stay appropriately differentiated from other brands."

    The unibody SUV, about the same size as a Honda Pilot, will go into production in late 2006. The minivan, dubbed the Entourage, was scheduled for spring 2006. The Entourage was to have shared a platform with the Kia Sedona.

    American consumers typically don't embrace rebadged vehicles, says John Krafcik, vice president of product development and strategic planning. Hyundai is trying to carve out a separate identify from affiliate Kia.

    Moreover, the minivan segment is stagnant, he says.

    The SUV will not be based on the Sedona platform, Krafcik says. The vehicle will be powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It will offer electronic stability control and side curtain airbags.

    The sport wagon, due in 2008, will offer a flexible interior for passengers and cargo, the company said in a press release Friday. The vehicle will be similar to the Portico concept shown at the Chicago Auto Show in February.

    You may e-mail Charles Child at cchild@crain.com
    " [Source].
  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    Wow, that was an odd coincidence with the timing of the recent posts in this thread. Too bad. I'm sure the Kia Sedona will be a good vehicle to look into. Thanks for passing that along.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    with gas prices going up, I'd like the chance to get a fuel efficient minivan that won't cost $35,000 with navigation. (Odyssey EX w/ NAV, or Sienna XLE)

    Will they put NAV in the Sedona then?
  • No word on whether or not navigation will be available, but other niceties (e.g., seat and outside mirror memory settings for driver, backup warning system, power liftgate, power adjustable pedals, premium entertainment system featuring a DVD player and 11 speakers, etc.) have been announced, so the possibility is there.

    Mike
  • nornenorne Posts: 136
    I bet the Kia dealers are cheering the cancellation news while the Hyundai dealers are upset over not getting their own minivan. It has been reported many times on the press how badly Hyundai dealers in the US wanted a minivan.
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Hyundai does sell two vans overseas, the Trajet and H-1. Both can be had with LHD.

    The Trajet is an average sized minivan, probably similar to Sedona. Hyundai could have brought that to the US. The H-1 is large, about the size of a Express/Savana.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Nope. Sadly. I was lookin' forward to a 28MPG minivan with Navigation for under $30,000.

    Guess its back to my original list now...
  • With the dropping of the Minivan plans It is becoming less likely that I will stick with Hyundai in the future. To bad as I'm on my 3rd Hyundai. Looks like it will be Honda or Toyota for me in the near future.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Since it was going to be a next-gen Kia anyway, why not get one of those?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Can't get NAV.

    The Sedona is still on my list, but its now dropped from the top 3 to around 5th, nestled between the Saturn Relay (Employee Pricing Deals Galore) and Buick Rendezvous. (see Saturn Relay)
  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Go to autonews.com and they have a story about Hyundai bringing back the Entourage. I couldn't read it because i don't subscribe. However that piece of information does revive this discussion somewhat.
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