In the early 2000s the car market was completely different from the current one. Twenty years ago i SUV e i crossover had yet to catch on, while brands like Hyundai (now among the very few to resist the generalized decline in sales) began to approach the European public.
At the time, however, the Korean manufacturer had already entered the world of high-wheeled models by launching the Santa Fe. In an attempt to replicate its success and to propose an unprecedented formula, al Chicago Salon of the 2000 theHCD-5 Crosstour.
Three styles in one car
Strange as much in name as in form, the crossover was never transformed into a production model. Hyundai’s idea was to combine different bodies in the same model trying to offer an alternative to the classic off-road look of the first SUVs.
Thus was born a hybrid concept, halfway between an SUV, a compact sedan and a station wagon. Equipped with a raised structure and an extremely elaborate design (the front vaguely recalls that of the Pontiac Aztek), Hyundai did not have the central pillar to allow awindward opening of the doors and enhance the habitability of the interiors.
For work and for adventures
In presenting the concept, Hyundai explained that the car was conceived in three different sections. The part of the front seats should have represented a sort of “connected” office for the driver, while the rear area would have been dedicated to the relaxation of the passengers.
Finally, the House had designed a very large trunk which, together with the roof bars, should have ensured maximum practicality for trips and outings.
The technological equipment was very curious with a square LCD screen in the center of the dashboard and display posteriori to play DVDs, CDs or even VHS.
Regarding mechanics, the HCD-5 Crosstour was equipped with the four-wheel drive it’s a 2.7 V6 to 180 CV combined with a automatic gearbox.
A few years later, however, the Korean brand launched the Tucson, a medium SUV with a more traditional style now in its fourth generation.
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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