The New Hyundai Terracan

Hyundai is pleased to announce that its rugged new off-road vehicle, the four-wheel drive Terracan, will be sold in the UK from this summer.

The Terracan went on sale around Europe to notable acclaim in 2001, and will be available in one variant in the UK, the 2.9 CRTD.

The Terracan will be sold alongside the Santa Fe, Hyundai’s American-designed sports-utility vehicle. Unlike the Santa Fe, the Terracan is an out-and-out off-road car with a body-on-frame construction and full-time four-wheel drive with low-ratio box.

The name refers to the vehicle being ‘king of the land’ (terra = of the land, khan = king) and will be offered with a five speed manual gearbox or four speed automatic.

Hyundai’s 2.9 litre common-rail turbo-diesel generates 148bhp@3800rpm, and has a torque figure of 247lbs.ft@2000rpm. The Terracan has an impressive towing capacity of 2,800kg.

The Terracan will be highly specified in comparison to its main competition.

Styled and engineered at Hyundai’s Namyang Research and Development Centre, Hyundai Motor Company has invested US$240 million in the development of the Terracan.

Hyundai sees the Terracan’s main competition as being the Vauxhall Frontera, Isuzu Trooper, Mitsubishi Shogun Sport and Nissan Patrol. Hyundai Car (UK) Ltd expects the Terracan to sell for £19,000-21,000.

Published : 13/04/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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