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Hyundai Stellar


Hyundai Stellar

Hyundai Stellar
Manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company
Production 1983–1997
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Related Ford Cortina
Ford Taunus
Engine 1.4 L Mitsubishi 4G33 I4
1.6 L Mitsubishi 4G32 I4
2.0 L Mitsubishi 4G63 I4
Transmission 5-speed Mitsubishi KM119 manual
3-speed automatic
4-speed Borg-Warner 03-71 automatic with overdrive (1987 only)
Wheelbase 2,579 mm (101.5 in)
Length 4,556 mm (179.3 in)
Width 1,716 mm (67.6 in)
Height 1,372 mm (54.0 in)
Curb weight 1,000 kg (2204 lb)
Predecessor Ford Cortina
Successor Hyundai Sonata (Canada)
Hyundai Elantra (South Korea)

The Hyundai Stellar (Mk V was kept.


  • Technology 1
  • Lineup 2
  • Major specifications 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


1985 Hyundai Stellar
1986 Hyundai Stellar with larger bumpers (Europe).
1987 Hyundai Stellar CXL (Canada)
1989 GSL exported to Sri Lanka

The engine and transmission were licensed from Cortina - where conservative buyers were scared off by the Sierra's radical styling.[1] Like the Cortina, the Stellar also has wishbone suspension up front with a coil sprung live rear axle.[1]

For 1987, the Stellar II (Or Stellar 2.0 in Canada) was refreshed. Changes included a 2-way Sonata.

The Stellar was not available in the United States due to strict emission standards there, but it was available in Canada and other countries. In addition, the Stellar was the only four-cylinder powered mainstream rear-wheel drive sedan, replacing the Toyota Corolla (which shifted to front-wheel drive) in 1984. The Stellar was replaced in Canada by the Hyundai New Sonata for 1992. In the Korean domestic market, the lower end of the Stellar lineup can be considered as having been replaced by the Elantra. The Stellar (along with the Pony) would be Hyundai's last rear-wheel drive cars for North America until the 2009 Genesis.


  • Prima (1983~1986)
  • TX (1983~1992)
  • FX (1983~1986)
  • GX (1987~1992)
  • GSL (1983~1986)
  • SL (1983~1986)
  • CXL (Canada Export Limited, 1984~1987)
  • Apex (1987)
  • GXL (1987~1991)

Major specifications

  • Overall length: 4556 mm (179.3 in)
  • Overall width: 1716 mm (67.6 in)
  • Overall height: 1372 mm (54.0 in)
  • Wheelbase: 2579 mm (101.5 in)
  • Front track: 1445 mm (56.89 in)
  • Rear track: 1425 mm (56.10 in)
  • Curb weight: 1000 kg (2204 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1475 kg (3251 lb)
  • Wheel dimensions: 13 x 4.5 in or 13 x 5.5 in
  • Steering type: Rack and pinion
  • Front brakes: Disc
  • Rear brakes: Drum

See also


  1. ^ a b Green, Gavin (September 1984). Cropley, Steve, ed. "Hyundai right Cortina wrongs". Car (London, UK: FF Publishing): 91–92. 
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