And it could revive the long-dead Terracan nameplate.
Better late than never, Hyundai is finally entering the pickup segment with the upcoming Santa Cruz. But since it's designed as a lifestyle pickup that rides on a unibody platform, render artist Enoch Gabriel dreaming of a more rugged Hyundai pickup. This inspired him to design the Hyundai Tarlac concept, which would take on the likes of the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevrolet Colorado.
Now, Gabriel has shared with us some renders of the Hyundai Tarlac's hypothetical SUV sibling. Based on the Tarlac concept, the Hyundai Terracan would serve as "the only off-road capable, truck-based SUV in the Korean automaker's current lineup" and would rival models such as the Toyota Land Cruiser.
Like the pickup truck concept, the Terracan has been designed to utilize a ladder-frame chassis, making it more off-road capable than other SUVs in Hyundai's current model lineup like the Santa Fe and the Palisade. Many exterior elements from the Tarlac have carried over, too, from the front and rear fenders, to the hood and indented bodylines.
A massive decagonal grille dominates the front, surrounded by trapezoidal headlights and slim LED daytime running lights. Horizontal taillights are fitted to the rear along with secondary lights housing the reverse and turn indicators. The hypothetical Hyundai off-roader has also been envisioned with optional two-tone body color schemes, shown with a green body and a white roof.
Additional accessories such as a hood scoop, a snorkel, chunky all-terrain tires, wheel arch claddings, and a roof rack give the Hyundai Terracan a very rugged appearance while enabling it to tackle tricky terrain.
As for the name, the Terracan is derived from the SUV of the same name that Hyundai built in the 2000s, which was arguably Hyundai's last truly capable off-road SUV. Since the mid-size SUV hasn't been in production since 2007, it's about time the Hyundai Terracan made a comeback. Kia recently hinted it plans to take on the Toyota Land Cruiser with a new ladder-frame SUV, so there's a good chance Hyundai will also build a new rugged SUV. Whether it revives the Terracan name remains to be seen.