Hyundai is definitely bringing back its full-size SUV. The large high-riding vehicle has been spotted today totally camouflaged, so we can’t really say much about it at the moment. Moreover, the South Korean car manufacturer hasn’t decided whether it’s going to call it the Veracruz like before or not. If you what our opinion, well, we can bet that the future 2020 Hyundai Eight-Seat SUV is not going to use that name, though we don’t know how it’s going to be named. Some sources claim that the carmaker plans to call it Maxcruz, but let’s wait for some more solid evidence before we announce the name.
In any case, the camouflaged prototype will ride on its own, new platform. This is official information which has been announced earlier by Won-Hee Lee, the chief executive officer of the Hyundai Motor Company. The same architecture will be in charge for the Kia Telluride as well, though it could underpin the future Santa Cruz pickup truck as well.
The full-size SUV appears to feature some pretty familiar styling cues. If we are not wrong, the camouflage hides some styling cues that mirror the all-new Kona crossover. More precisely, the 2020 Hyundai Eight-Seat SUV is going to host pretty much the same front end with an attractive sealed-off grille and slim headlights, which are going to sport a split design: the daytime running lamps are going to sit up top, while the regular lamps lid below. The full-size SUV looks a significantly bulkier than any other Hyundai model thanks to more prominent fenders and less dynamic A-pillars. The rear end of the large SUV, so-called Maxcruz seems to be pretty flat, which may be not too good for the overall design, but it definitely promises plenty of space even for the third-row passengers, as well as a decent cargo. The vehicle has been mated to 18-inch wheels and Nokian winter tires. The combination may be standard, though, the SUV will likely offer some bigger optional alloys when it arrives. Let’s say that the potential buyers could go up to 21-inch. The current rear bumper hosts a dual exhaust layout and this is going to be the case with the standard model for sure.
Although we don’t have everything about the architecture of the future Maxcruz, we do know that the vehicle is going to feature just an all-wheel-drive system. This particular prototype is using a diesel unit without any doubt. We know thanks to the intercooler. The engine happens to be a new 2.2-liter CRDi which delivers 200 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. The oil-burner will likely use an eight-speed auto transmission as a sole gearbox option. Even though it’s highly possible the see the diesel in the U.S., the manufacturer will definitely offer a V6 as well. Plus, Hyundai could add some sort of mild-hybrid powertrain which is going to use a 48-volt system as the electric aid to the V6.
The 2020 Hyundai Eight-Seat SUV is going to be revealed sometime next year.