The Hyundai Veracruz might be in its last days. The car has always been pretty good, but the crossover has never sold entirely well. So, with Hyundai models flying off the showroom floors, the Veracruz is getting left behind. Now, Autoblog is reporting that the Veracruz will be around for a little bit longer, but inevitably, the CUV will be replaced by a long wheelbase version of the Sante Fe .
This really caught us a bit off guard, as Crossover models seem to be the hip thing at the moment. Nissan has just added a longer version of the Qashqai and other automakers are likely to follow suit.
This move will likely be a ways off, so it’s not clear yet on how stretched the Sante Fe will be. This stretch won’t be new for the Sante Fe though, as it was offered in a three-row version before its update in 2010. Hyundai will need to increase cabin space, especially in the third row, in order to get shoppers thinking Korean.
Hyundai is also looking to put the new lithium-polymer hybrid drivetrain into the Santa Fe. The motor was first designed for use in the Sonata , but the SUV seems like the perfect fit. No word on if this is actually true, but it seems to make perfect sense. Look how well theFord Escape Hybrid is selling and you’ll soon see the point.
Hyundai revealed details for the 2010 seven-passenger Veracruz, a model that will be offered in two trim levels, GLS and Limited. Set to compete with models like the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, the 2010 Veracruz comes with new standard features and new exterior colors.
The 2010 Veracruz is powered by a 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine that delivers 260 hp and 257 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to an Aisin six-speed gearbox with SHIFTRONIC manual control.
The GLS version is equipped with ESC, ABS, rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and seating for seven. Also standard is a 172-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system, iPod/USB auxiliary inputs, air conditioning with cabin filter, steering wheel audio/cruise controls, heated power side mirrors with approach lighting and side turn signal repeaters, front solar glass and rear privacy glass, remote keyless entry, and power windows and door locks, power driver seat, roof rack side rails, backup warning system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights, automatic headlamps, heated seats, and temperature-controlled storage.
The Veracruz’s GLS Premium Package adds LG navigation system, Infinity Logic 7 audio system, memory settings for seat and mirrors, power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a power tilt-and- slide glass sunroof and power tailgate.
The 2008 Hyundai Veracruz was first introduced to the public in October of 2006, and started production in 2007. It is Hyundai ’s largest and most luxurious vehicle to date. The seven passenger SUV’s price tag starts at a reasonable $27,000. The price is attractive but very similar to the competition; the acclaimed Mazda CX9 ($29k+) or the newly redesigned Toyota Highlander ($28k+). All Veracruz trims are equipped with the same 260 horsepower V6 engine, matted to a six-speed automatic transmission. Our Veracruz Limited version is loaded with all wheel-drive, leather seats and a navigation system. At an MSRP of $38,000, it is not any cheaper than a loaded Toyota Highlander Limited.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Hyundai Veracruz the “Best Crossover SUV” in its 2007 “Best List” featured in the November issue. The Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Best List” features more than 50 favorites, from mutual funds, retirement-planning tools and credit cards to travel and consumer deals. The editors and analysts evaluated a dozen crossover SUV’s to name the Veracruz as the “Best” for consumers shopping in the crossover SUV market.
Troy Lee Designs, known for its custom-design racing helmets, sports equipment and apparel, applied its unique artistry to the first-ever Hyundai Veracruz custom. The all-new Veracruz, launched earlier this year, has been critically acclaimed for boldly challenging the Lexus RX350 in quality and performance.
Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the all-new premium crossover, the 2007 Hyundai Veracruz . Hyundai has once again made luxury and performance attainable in previously unthinkable ways with a base price more than $11,000 lower than the Lexus RX350. Veracruz’s designers recognized that the needs and desires of traditional SUV buyers weren’t being met and focused on meeting those needs in an elegant and ingenious way. The result is a spacious crossover that delivers refined style, (...) More
The new Veracruz midsize crossover made its North American debut today at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Just as the Hyundai Azera is altering perceptions about premium sedans, Veracruz breaks new ground in premium crossovers. Hyundai has once again made luxury and performance attainable in previously unthinkable ways: with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), upscale amenities and more cargo volume than the full-size Mercedes-Benz GL, Veracruz uniquely blends substance with style.