Complete Hyundai Pony lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

1989 Hyundai Pony/excel Hatchback (X-2) - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1989 - 1995 Hyundai Pony HatchbackPony/excel Hatchback (X-2)6 Trims 58 to 84 Hp 1989 Hyundai Pony (X-2) - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1989 - 1995 Hyundai Pony SedanPony (X-2)5 Trims 72 to 84 Hp

The Hyundai Pony is a small rear-wheel-drive car manufactured and marketed by Hyundai, a South Korean car manufacturer from 1975 to 1990. When it came out, the Pony was South Korea's first mass-produced and exported automobile. The pony was a moniker used on various Hyundai Excel and Accent export models until 2000.

History of the Hyundai Pony

Hyundai Pony First Generation (1975–1982)

Concept Pony debuted at the Turin Motor Show in October 1974, and they launched the sedan in December 1975 to face the Kia Brisa and Saehan Gemini. It was dubbed a pickup truck when it was introduced in May 1976, but it varied from a standard pick-up truck in that they built the cargo box into the body instead of being a separate component. In April 1977, Hyundai introduced a station wagon version of the model. The Pony was a huge hit in Canada in the 1980s. The basic model was priced at 5900 CAD. 45,000 customers purchased Hyundai Ponys between 1984 and 1985. Many of them later came to regret their decisions in this regard. Although the original Pony made it across the Pacific Ocean first, it was really the Pony II, a restyled replica of the original, that made the voyage. A "facelift," on the other hand, is frequently linked with a "botched," in which the patient can no longer blink their eyes. The Pony II seems to be a cardboard box with a sad face drawn on it. Pony sales to Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and Egypt began in 1976 under the leadership of Hyundai Motor Company. In 1979, Belgium and the Netherlands were the first European exporters, followed shortly after by Greece. In October of the same year, the pickup version was introduced, albeit only with a 1.2-liter engine and a weight of 380 kg (838 lb).

Hyundai Pony Second Generation (1982–1990)

The Pony II, which went on sale in January 1982, was technically comparable to the first generation but had a significantly different look. Liftback and pickup-only options were available. The Pony II was the first Korean automobile to be offered in the UK, where exports began in the spring of 1982. Korean automakers' successful entry into this market was spurred partly by the Pony, which was first positioned as a low-cost alternative to Eastern Bloc manufacturers (Lada, Skoda) and lower-end Japanese brands. Purchases of the Pony II in Canada, where it was among the most affordable automobiles on the market, far surpassed early forecasts for 1984, when just 5,000 units were expected to be sold, making it one of the country's top-selling vehicles. Since the Pony was so well-liked in this area, it was kept on the market alongside the Excel through 1987 rather than being phased out like in other places.

Super Pony

"Hyundai Super Pony" was a name for select Accent taxi versions in the second and third generations. A new moniker, "Grand Pony," was adopted by the fourth generation.

Pony EV

As a concept car, an electric-powered version of the first-generation Pony was on show at Hyundai Motorstudio Busan in April 2021. For its second Heritage Series EV in November 2021, Hyundai unveiled the first-generation Hyundai Grandeur.


In Canada, Hyundai retailed the Pony model with a starting price of 5,900 CAD (13,491 CAD in 2022), which is $10,332.


Mitsubishi Colt/Lancer inspired Pony, which was manufactured between 1984 and 1992. From the original generation's jagged curves to the subsequent generation's elegant lines, the Hyundai Pony design idea has grown seamlessly. A three or five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan were available with the second-generation Pony. You may open the hatchback's back door both outside and the inside. Protruding wheels, uneven floor, and heavy bedding prevent the baggage compartment from reaching its capacity. However, the net trunk room improves significantly in hatchbacks because of the asymmetrically split back of the rear seat, which the user may recline entirely or partially. This option is not available in the sedan. There is no such thing as a large lounge, but a driver with a height of 1.90 m or less will be able to sit comfortably, while the backseat passengers would be crammed in tight. Large dials of a few gauges and precise control of the steering column switches are also neatly framed on the dashboard, which is very simple to read.

Release Date

Hyundai manufactured and released the Pony model between 1975 and 1990.