2023 Hyundai Terracan: What We Know So Far
2023 Hyundai Terracan: What We Know So Far – Hyundai builds large SUVs in the form of palisades, Hyundai uses unibody construction and has no off-road credentials like ladder-frame rivals including the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Land Cruiser. That’s where this Hyundai SUV will come in.
Dubbed the Terracan, the SUV is based on a Hyundai Tarlac ladder-frame pickup made by designers just a few months ago.
2023 Hyundai Terracan
2023 Hyundai Terracan Concept
The truth of the matter is crossovers have wider popularity in most of the world and they are more easily developed thanks to passenger car-based platforms. South Korean car manufacturers, for example, borrowed Mitsubishi’s base instead of coming up with its own body-on-frame architecture for Terracan.
But Hyundai has currently focused on trucks again. The Santa Cruz will be the first to launch in 2021 as a 2022 model with Tucson and Santa Fe components, but then, mid-size pickups for the Australian market will also be introduced.
Already envisioned by Enoch Gabriel Gonzales, the workhorse that rivals the Ford Ranger recently received a three-row SUV companion with the guise of Terracan 2022. Pixel manipulators make utility vehicles in the road and off-road flavors, featuring six lug nuts per wheel and a handy-looking roof rack.
The more extreme of the two variations is also gifted with Beadlock-enabled wheels, all-terrain rubber shoes, and good old snorkeling for water fording. Veil spoons, red tow hooks, and satin-finish bash plates add visual drama.
Gonzales didn’t forget to keep the style close to the South Korean carmaker’s latest design language, but at the same time, he wasn’t as all-out with the design as Hyundai did with the Tucson. In order not to forget, truck-based SUVs have different goals and appeal to different demographics.
Since there are no prototypes for potential Hyundai ladder-frame SUVs on the loose, it’s impossible to know what it looks like. Nevertheless, Terracan creators do a great job of bringing together some familiar Hyundai design elements with more rugged and aggressive designs.
At the front, the Terracan has sleek headlights and daytime running lights as well as a separate grille and skid plate with two crane hooks, plus a shaped hood with air intake.
The SUV’s rugged design is very clear on the side where it has off-road tires and impressive travel altitude, but variants with more road-focused tires have also been made. On the back, it has an attractive backlight with ‘+’ shaped graphics and a light bar, as well as a slip plate.
Hyundai Terracan Engine
Turning our attention to the real world, the as-yet-unnamed pickup is expected to drop in 2022 or 2023 at the latest with a sixth straight turbo diesel from the Genesis GV80. The 3.0-liter engine is more than enough for this application, rated at 278 PS (274 horsepower) and 588 Nm (434 pound-feet) of torque.