(autoinsidenews) - Hyundai staged the North American debut of its new 2007 Veracruz midsize crossover at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. With the Veracruz, Hyundai continues expanding its product lineup and has now turned its sights on the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.
We are very proud of Veracruz and feel this design will not only reinforce our design direction as a company, but also greatly enhance our escalating brand image on a global basis, said Joel Piaskowski, chief designer at the Hyundai Design Center in Irvine, Calif.
While the exterior design of the Veracruz is not as appealing as the second-generation Santa Fe, it is attractively styled. Inside, the interior of the Veracruz features soft-touch, high-quality materials, and low-gloss surfaces, including rushed metal accents and blue backlighting for all interior gauges, switches and buttons, front cupholders are ringed with blue light, and a soft blue spotlight in the overhead console provides subdued task lighting, reports Trend
The Veracruz is powered by the same aluminum 3.8L 260-hp V6 engine out the Azera sedan mated to a six-speed automatic with manual shifting.