NEWS: Rumored: Hyundai May Design Premium 3-Row Crossover

June 29, 2012
2012 Hyundai Veracruz Right Side 1
Now that the Hyundai Veracruz crossover is scheduled for departure as the 2013 Santa Fe takes on other three-row crossovers, the Korean automaker may have set its sights on the large, premium crossover segment, a WardsAuto report says.
Hyundai Motor America CEO Jon Krafcik told WardsAuto to “stay tuned for future details on a potential premium crossover,” and called the segment “an intriguing space.”
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Although Hyundai spokesman Miles Johnson tells us that he can’t comment on future product, the automaker has expanded the Santa Fe line for 2013, renaming the two-row the Santa Fe Sport and adding a third-row to the extended-wheelbase Santa Fe, so in the short-term, former Veracruz owners will be covered in the Hyundai lineup.
The three-row 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe shares its transverse, 3.3-liter V-6 engine with the front-drive Azera sedan, but the crossover gets the automaker’s new all-wheel-drive system, which can distribute torque to each individual wheel as needed to control understeer or oversteer. It also features a new Driver Selectable Steering Mode system that provides three levels of steering effort adjustment.
Other premium amenities available on the 2013 Santa Fe and two-row Santa Fe Sport include a panoramic sunroof, blind-spot monitoring system, and heated steering wheel.
A large, premium Hyundai crossover could potentially use the rear-drive Genesis sedan architecture as well as the sedan’s 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines. The theoretical crossover could compete with other three-row vehicles such as the Infiniti JX, Acura MDX, and Buick Enclave as well as loaded versions of the mainstream crossovers like the Ford Explorer.
Should a Hyundai Genesis crossover be built to realistically challenge the Infiniti JX, Acura MDX and others? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Source: WardsAuto, Hyundai
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Right Front 1

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