Remember the Hyundai Veracruz? Once very popular midsize-crossover, also known as Hyundai ix55 in Europe was manufactured from 2006 to 2012 and it was the company’s largest SUV. Now, looks like the Korean carmaker working on the new model, and 2019 Hyundai Veracruz is set for the comeback!
The more rugged appearance and the familiar interior design of the Santa Fe will give this SUV a few attributes to rely on. Moreover, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity will be available, as well as new larger infotainment touch-screen. New front-wheel-drive platform with transverse engines and all-wheel capability will make a debut and also, the hybrid option will probably be set for production as well.
2019 Hyundai Veracruz Exterior
For the new 2019 Hyundai Veracruz, the company decided to go with a larger, boxy shape design, with a more prominent grille and headlights. In fact, something similar we already see on the elegant body design of the Santa Fe. The chrome strip will run along the top of the brand’s cascading grille concept. Also, the headlights will get a split design.
The hood and the daytime running lights, indicators, and fog lights are now more integrated into a separate unit below. The Korean automaker will approach a more modern exterior design on the new model, to try to stay competitive on the growing market. For one thing the Veracruz will definitely stand out with the new, more aggressive fascia. Also, the new model will come with a higher ground clearance than before and two exhaust systems.
2019 Hyundai Veracruz Interior
The interior of the upcoming 2019 Hyundai Veracruz should follow the similar design cues of the Santa Fe as well. This means a large infotainment system positioned in the center of the dashboard. Hyundai is famous for the beautiful interior with the easy-to-use infotainment systems and very nicely arranged control buttons. We can expect comfortable seats upholstered in leather, with a wide armrest and decent legroom.
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2019 Hyundai Veracruz Engine
The base of the new 2019 Hyundai Veracruz will probably be a new front-wheel-drive platform with transverse engines and all-wheel-drive capability. Also, one of the options is a design based on a well-received Telluride concept. The 3.5-liter V6 engine will come as standard on the upcoming Hyundai’s SUV. This powertrain will be capable to accomplish 380 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
The transmission is 8-speed automatic that will ensure smooth, responsive shifts and effortless cruising. Moreover, the engine will have full trailer package, and the Veracruz will probably be capable to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Rumors from the web emphasize that the HTRAC All-Wheel Drive System will be available as well. Also, rumors say that the developing of diesel and plug-in hybrid options could be introduced at some point.
2019 Hyundai Veracruz Hybrid
The Korean company has an ongoing plan for electrification, and we can expect the two additional powertrain variants this year. Hyundai plans a range of sixteen electric cars in the next couple of years. The most recent is a 48Vhybrid version of the Tucson. The 2019 Hyundai Veracruz Hybrid will probably share the very same powertrain with that car. However, some certain details of the Veracruz’s plug-in are as yet unknown.
Anyhow, we assume that the same system will be under the hood as one on the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid. If the company decide to use an existing drivetrain, it will probably be the 2.0-liter petrol from Kia Optima PHEV. The trends in the automotive industry suggest that the plug-in hybrid Veracruz will be able to achieve an electric-only range of around 30 miles.
2019 Hyundai Veracruz Release Date and Price
Right now, the Korean company working on a separate SUV platform for its Genesis brand. This one should be a rear-wheel-drive design with longitudinally mounted engines. In addition, the first vehicle to use this system will be a mid-size Genesis GV80 that will be released later this year. The Hyundai has been behind the Kia in this segment with the vehicles like Borrego, but given the strong demand for high-riding vehicles with 3rd-row seats, this class is too tempting to ignore.
So, the company will focus on GV80 first and we can only assume the release date of the new Veracruz. The price of the 2019 Hyundai Veracruz is a mystery as well. However, with the potential rivals like Dodge Durango, Chevy Traverse, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Subaru Ascent we assume that the new model will be somewhere in the $33,000 – $45,000 price range.