Hot on the heels of reports that Hyundai could launch a ladder-frame SUV, a designer has imagined what such a vehicle could look like.
While Hyundai also builds a large SUV in the form of the Palisade, it uses a unibody construction and doesn’t have the off-road credentials like ladder-frame rivals including the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Land Cruiser. That’s where this Hyundai SUV would come in.
As no prototypes for a potential Hyundai ladder-frame SUV are running around, it’s impossible to know what it will look like. Nevertheless, Gonzales’ creation does a nice job of bringing together some familiar Hyundai design elements with a more rugged and aggressive design.
At the front, the Terracan has slim headlights and daytime running lights as well as a split grille and a skid plate with two tow hook, plus a shapely hood with an air intake.
The rugged design of the SUV is especially evident at the side where it has off-roading tires and an impressive ride height, but variants with more road-focused tires have also been rendered. At the rear, it has intriguing taillights with ‘+’ shaped graphics and a light bar, as well as a skid plate.
While a Hyundai exec has admitted that such a vehicle would make sense for the automaker’s lineup, it currently has no ladder-frame chassis to use and would have to develop one from scratch – and even if it gets the green light, we doubt that it would look anything like this illustration.
Note: This rendering is the work of Enoch Gabriel Gonzales and is not related to or endorsed by Hyundai