The 2022 Hyundai Terracan is an exciting rumor about the comeback of Palisade’s predecessor. This was one of the first SUVs by the Korean company. However, the last edition was produced in 2011 in China and a few years before that, the company shut down the lineup in other markets. Veracruz succeeded the Terracan. Now, the mid-size class includes Santa Fe and a three-row Palisade. Since the company is expanding the lineup, it is not impossible to see the Terracan again, probably as the off-road model.
That is one of the very few missing pieces now the company started producing luxury SUVs under the Genesis nameplate. Still, there are no official statements about the 2022 Hyundai Terracan. The vehicle was not available in the US. That is why we are a bit surprised with speculations mentioning an old nameplate. Its name also suggests the SUV could be an off-road specialist, but there is a vacant spot in the full-size segment as well. Whatsoever, taking on the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, and Ford Bronco, might be a big bite for the Korean carmaker.
History of Terracan
Hyundai started production of the Terracan back in 2001. It was a modernized version of the Galloper SUV. Soon after that, the vehicle was available in India and China. In the next few years, the SUV was pretty popular. But, in 2007, the company ended production and the Terracan was available only in China, until 2011. Highlights of the model were potent engines and ladder frame. The SUV was ready for off-road adventures. That is the connection between an old version and the new 2022 Hyundai Terracan.
Everything depends on Hyundai’s plans for the SUV. If it comes back as the mid-size off-road specialist, that will be a very hard task for the 2022 Terracan. On the other hand, the Korean company is not running away from the competition and challenges. Fighting against the best will take out the most from their engineers and designers. Still, it is hard to believe the SUV can get any bigger role against the US and Japanese 4×4 vehicles.
It might be a more logical choice for Hyundai to make an experiment in the full-size class. This kind of SUV will always draw attention. There are more companies involved in this market and chances might be better for the 2022 Hyundai Terracan. But, the question is what kind of an engine this model can use? The company is not delivering a V8 with any of its vehicles and most models in this class will offer mighty eight-cylinder engines.
2022 Hyundai Terracan: Verdict
It is hard to position the 2022 Hyundai Terracan in the company’s squad. It was never available in the US and the competition is tougher than ever. But, the company’s intentions are great and if they launch the body-on-frame based SUV, we can expect further evolution of the Korean manufacturer. The initial release is not going to break the dominance of US and Japanese companies, Ford, FCA, and Toyota. However, the appearance of the new rival could make them giving better offers on their vehicles.