Korean manufacturer might bring back this familiar nameplate, Hyundai Veracruz. According to latest reports, the company is working on a brand-new crossover, which should come in next few years. Many expect that the new model will come with a familiar name.
The original Veracruz was in production between 2007 and 2012. It was a mid-size crossover that was available in various countries of the world. However, it didn’t manage to make some better sales results, so the company discontinued it.
This time, we are about to see something completely new from Hyundai. As one of the largest companies in the car industry, they are striving to expand the offer as much as possible. For this occasion, we will see a completely new Veracruz, which is expected to be the new flagship crossover. It will sit above the mid-size Santa Fe, featuring many benefits, including premium features, powerful engines etc.
Hyundai Veracruz design
The Hyundai Veracruz will come completely new, probably in year or two. However, we will see a pretty different crossover compared to the original. According to some reports, this familiar nameplate is reserved for the new full-size crossover that company prepares. So, it will be a flagship model, which will sit above Santa Fe.
The new model will ride on the same platform as Genesis. Most of the mechanical characteristics will be the same, including engines. The great thing about this crossover will be its layout since it will feature a rear-wheel drive system in the standard version. This will provide more exciting driving experience, which is crucial for this segment.
In terms of styling, it is still unclear how the new Hyundai Veracruz will look like. While some expect familiar Hyundai design language, there is a big chance to see new model adapted to the new Genesis design philosophy.
Hyundai Veracruz features
As we mentioned, it is still unclear will the new Hyundai Veracruz belong to the standard Hyundai lineup, or it will come in the same manner as new Genesis G80 and be a part of the new Luxury lineup. In both cases, we expect to see the new model as a more upscale crossover.
Besides the styling, new crossover will probably feature interior design in a similar manner as G80. This means that the whole cabin will feature hi-quality materials and a whole bunch of premium features. We will see so many new technologies and design solutions in terms of comfort, convenience, safety, driver’s assistance etc. So, expect things like leather upholstery, multi-zone climate control, a large touchscreen and a plenty of driver’s assistance features available as standard features. Also, expect several optional packages that will raise comfort and convenience on the even higher level.
Hyundai Veracruz engines
When it comes to the powertrain, new Hyundai Veracruz will come in several variants. It will most likely feature the same engine lineup as G80.
So, there will be three V6 units in the offer, depending on the market. The smallest one is a 3.0-liter unit with around 255 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. There is also a familiar 3.3-liter V6, which is good for 280 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque. The last one is a 3.8-liter engine, which has a max output of 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
Besides these three V6 units, there is also a large V8 unit, with a displacement of 5.0 liters. This engine is by far the most powerful and has a max output of 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. All engines will be paired with the new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai Veracruz release date and competition
Although there is no official information about the new Hyundai Veracruz, some reports suggest that the launch could be in about two years. This new model will enter the segment of premium crossovers and it will compete with some serious players. There are models like Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, Ford Expedition and many others.