Make no mistake – The Hyundai SAGA EV concept is the 2nd generation HB20

The São Paulo Auto Show will open its gates on November 6th, for the press. And it will have lots of concepts that are just modified production models, none of which really presents any “concept” at all. Hyundai, on the other hand, will present a compact electric crossover at the event. And it is said to be entirely new, conceived by the Hyundai Design North America (HDNA) with the help of the Brazilian product planning team. But why show a “compact electric crossover” in Brazil when the only BEV for sale in the country is the BMW i3? When you check the teaser images, it is easy to understand: this is no compact crossover. It is the second generation HB20, a B-segment hatchback that is one of the best-selling vehicles in the Brazilian market. An equivalent to the i20, if you prefer.

Check this image from Café Naver, a Korean website:

Hyundai HB20 testing in South Korea

The similarities between this car and the SAGA EV are evident, such as the rear mirrors, the side line and even the few pillars that are visible. The rear of the concept is also familiar to the ones that know the HB20.

Hyundai SAGA EV

We’ll soon have more information of the electric compact crossover, but we bet it anticipates Hyundai best-seller for the Brazilian market. And perhaps now with an international career, if Hyundai manages to expand its production. Nowadays, all HB20 produced at the Brazilian plant are sold in Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. Argentina, Mexico and the rest of South America would be nice targets for the car.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.