• May 12, 2006
Brenda Priddy's all-seeing eye has caught the largest Hyundai passenger vehicle on earth traipsing around what appears to be the Southwest. Her keen eye again pegs the large SUV, officially called the Mesa after Kia's KCD-II Mesa Concept, at just a few inches shorter than a Tahoe. No honkin' V8 under this SUV's hood, rather a 3.8L V6 generating 270 to 280 hp. Hopefully that's enough to move this big rig with its three rows of seating, all-wheel drive system and luxury accoutrements.
[Source: The Car Connection]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why does everyone seem to think $3.00 per gallon gasoline is the death of everything????

      When adjusted for inflation over a 10, 15 or 20 year period, gas at $3 is still 20 to 30% or more below what it should be. And then factor in the fact that gas mileage during those same periods has increased an average of 20 to 30% and incomes have risen much faster than the cost of gas, the result is that gas is not as big an expense as percentage of income for the average driver. It's all media hype by a very ignorant group so called urinalists.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Big trucks are big money makers. Hyundai just wants to make big-daddy profits. You can't make much money on an Accent these days, even fully-loaded ones. Big trucks are the paved road to gold.

      Stoneman

      http://www.stonemanautoreview.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stepdad works at Hyundai plant in Montgmery. Showed him this picture. Said this is the new 2007 Santa Fe. They are building test runs now. Will be on dealer lots late summer early fall. American made!
      • 8 Years Ago
      " the largest Hyundai passenger vehicle on earth traipsing around what appears to be the Southwest."
      It is interesting to see that Hyundai Motor is thinking of introducing a a small car with 1.2-litre diesel engine in India (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/can_diesel_powered_cars_do_the.html).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, the Tahoe should have had IRS!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Doesn't matter how large the Tahoe is. Because GM didn't pony up for IRS, the third row is a joke. Awful space efficiency.

      Check out the new MB GL. That's space efficiency in a true SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ummm...actually, I can afford the gas for this vehicle and I need 3 rows of seats with AWD for a number of reasons. So you're saying that Hyundai won't sell these? I bet you a bundle that a # of automakers who have large SUV's are concerned about this vehicle. Hyundai will price this out of the gate around $30k. That is Pilot territory and far below a Tahoe which is high 30's to 40's territory. U don't get it, Hyundai is doing what Honda and Toyota did to GM and Ford...its just they are doing it to GM and Ford, too!
      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a competitor! But with the V-6 will likely compete more directly with the Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook. Not the Chevy Tahoe. This is exactly the market segment I am considering...three rows of seats, more carlike ride and better fuel economy than a truck based SUV, and it's not a minivan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why the hell are people DEVELOPING large SUV's when gas continues to go up, for f**** sake, not even people who pay $50k+ for a premium suv can afford $3-4k/year in gas
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe its the picture at TheCarConnection website, but the Mesa doesn't look as large as a Tahoe (I'd guess it isn't inside).

      Nonetheless, it'll be interesting to see how Hyundai executes its new SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone cue the 6 speed automatic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Capitalism -> the biggest, bullyest, and greediest survive. No place for the tepid and meek. The Koreans are very aggressive and if GM, Ford, DCX, BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, Audi, Porsche, Volks are all pumping out land cruisers, why not?
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