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1999 Hyundai Atos Prime/Spirit

Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Small MPV
Production years: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

After the bad reviews about the 1998 Atos, Hyundai reacted quickly and put its engineers to work around the clock and give the vehicle a better look and more power under the hood.

Usually, automakers need several years for every facelift or upgrade made to their cars. Fortunately, Hyundai only needed one, but the results were not spectacular either. Fortunately, these were good enough to keep the small Atos MPV on the market for four years until a proper facelift was introduced.

With a design that showed nothing but a tall vehicle with a small-size hatchback front, the Atos Spirit tried to be a practical vehicle. Compared to its predecessor, it showed new headlights that fit better to the front end but not to the entire car. Since the overall bodywork couldn't be significantly improved, the A-pillars remained the same. But still, the C-pillars were changed, and they were slightly tilted forward. In addition, the taillights were moved lower, improving the vehicle's design from the back.

Inside, there were some changes in terms of materials used. Fortunately, it was roomy enough for four passengers but not exactly good for five. At the front, the dashboard looked the same. Even the digital clock with its cluster tilted toward the driver was the same. The AC was nonexistent for the base trim level, but that was available for higher grades.

Under the hood, the tiny one-liter engine was pumped up to produce four more horses than its predecessor. In addition, Hyundai offered the Atos Prime with an option for a four-speed automatic.

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HYUNDAI Atos Spirit 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.0L 3AT (55 HP)
  • 1.0L 4AT (58 HP)
  • 1.0L 5MT (55 HP)
  • 1.0L 5MT (58 HP)
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HYUNDAI Atos Spirit 1.0L 3AT (55 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 3AT (55 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
999 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 5500 RPM
54 HP @ 5500 RPM
54 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
61 lb-ft @ 3100 RPM
82 Nm @ 3100 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.2 gallons (34.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
87 mph (140 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
20 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
137.8 in (3500 mm)
Width
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/51.2 in (1,321/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.9 cuFT (252 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1830 lbs (830 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2888 lbs (1310 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
Highway
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Combined
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
160 g/km

HYUNDAI Atos Spirit 1.0L 4AT (58 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 4AT (58 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
999 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 5500 RPM
54 HP @ 5500 RPM
54 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
61 lb-ft @ 3100 RPM
82 Nm @ 3100 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.2 gallons (34.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
85 mph (137 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
19.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70 TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
137.8 in (3500 mm)
Width
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/51.2 in (1,321/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.9 cuFT (252 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1836 lbs (833 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2901 lbs (1316 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
Highway
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
Combined
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
161 g/km

HYUNDAI Atos Spirit 1.0L 5MT (55 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 5MT (55 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
999 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 5500 RPM
54 HP @ 5500 RPM
54 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
61 lb-ft @ 3100 RPM
82 Nm @ 3100 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.2 gallons (34.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
88.2 mph (142 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
137.8 in (3500 mm)
Width
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/51.2 in (1,321/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.9 cuFT (252 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1812.2 lbs (822 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2689.6 lbs (1220 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Highway
42.6 mpg US (5.5 L/100Km)
Combined
37.3 mpg US (6.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
151 g/km

HYUNDAI Atos Spirit 1.0L 5MT (58 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.0L 5MT (58 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
999 cm3
Power
40 KW @ 5500 RPM
54 HP @ 5500 RPM
54 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
61 lb-ft @ 3100 RPM
82 Nm @ 3100 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
9.2 gallons (34.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
88 mph (142 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
155/70TR13
DIMENSIONS
Length
137.8 in (3500 mm)
Width
59.1 in (1501 mm)
Height
62.2 in (1580 mm)
Front/rear Track
52/51.2 in (1,321/1,300 mm)
Wheelbase
93.7 in (2380 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.9 cuFT (252 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1812 lbs (822 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2689.6 lbs (1220 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
Highway
44.4 mpg US (5.3 L/100Km)
Combined
38.6 mpg US (6.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
146 g/km
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