It was only earlier this week that Hyundai revealed it was closely monitoring the off-road SUV segment, and now we have an idea of what South Korea’s answer to the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series could look like.
These computer-generated images from designer Enoch Gonzales are based on the ‘Tarlac’ dual-cab pick-up he put together in April and take their name from the Terracan, a short-lived ladder-frame SUV from Hyundai that was related to the Mitsubishi Pajero.
In both cases, though, the renderings aren’t official, so we’ll have wait for the real deal, which will arrive as early as 2023 – if Hyundai forges ahead with a new off-road SUV.
Hyundai head of global product management Lorenz Glaab told journalist this week “there is some dynamism in that (off-road SUV) segment”, noting “if we believe there is an opportunity for us, we can move pretty fast”.
Of course, Hyundai has started work on a ute, the ladder-frame chassis of which would be shared with its potential off-road SUV. The same is also true of its sister brand, Kia, although its version of the former could arrive a year earlier, in 2022.
All four models are likely to feature Hyundai Motor Group’s new 205kW/588Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder engine, which its head of research and development, Albert Biermann, has said will be used in commercial applications.
As reported, a ladder-frame model would sit above the soon-to-be-released Palisade eight-seater in Hyundai Australia’s SUV line-up, placing it in the crosshairs of the new LandCruiser 300 Series, which is expected to debut next year.