Rumor: Hyundai Veracruz will be replaced by long-wheelbase (LWB) Santa Fe

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

Sales of the Hyundai Veracruz have not exactly been impressive; in fact, it stands out like the black sheep among Hyundai's other models that have been selling very well.

Autoblog learned that the three-row crossover will be unchanged and will be available for two more years but it will almost certainly be replaced by a long-wheelbase version of Hyundai's Santa Fe. Hyundai's decision isn't a common one but it does have some precedent.

In other markets, Nissan has started to offer the Qashqai+2, a stretched version of the popular Qashqai. For numerous years, other carmakers have come up with extended-wheelbase models of their body-on-frame SUVs.

An example is the Cadillac Escalade ESV. Hyundai has yet to disclose how much the next's generation model will be stretched to fit the third row, or what name it will give the longer model.

But it is likely that it will still have the Santa Fe descriptor and styling in order to build nameplate equity and control costs. Interestingly, the Santa Fe was initially offered with three rows up until it received a modest refresh for model year 2010.

This option was scrapped because of a very low take rate. From these data, it can be assumed that buyers want more space for third-row occupants and that with a longer passenger cell, buyers will soon include the next-generation three-row Santa Fe among their list of vehicles for consideration

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