• Aug 14th 2008 at 6:57PM
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The market for oversize and jacked-up minivans parading as crossovers hasn't exactly set the world on fire, as Chrysler's Pacifica and Mercedes-Benz R-Class have ably proven. Still, Hyundai is set to throw its hat into the ring with the upcoming Portico, which is based on the concept vehicle from 2005 with the same name. To its credit, the Portico does manage to have a few new features that its competition doesn't. Seating for up to six is standard, though there are only two rows. Each row is a long bench, with the center spot on each row also able to fold down, allowing the option of converting the Portico into the world's largest and least efficient four-seater. Expect to find one of Hyundai's V6 engines underhood with a hybrid option rumored to follow. As a minivan replacement, the Portico could find a few buyers, but the Korean automaker had better find a way to squeeze every mile out of each drop of gasoline, otherwise the Portico will take residence right next to the ill-timed Kia Borrego on dealers' lots across the country.
[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      A large, low, two-row crossover? Then it's just like the Venza. Interesting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One writer, writing on an online site mostly frequented by auto enthusiasts mentioning the Pacifica in comparison to the Portico hardly qualifies as indicating where the Hyundai vehicle will end up in 2-4 years, unless of course the millions of soccer moms and dads decide to drastically change decades of purchasing habits by suddenly logging onto autoblog only to discover this ONE writer mention the Portico in the same breath as the Pacifica.
      Then of course they won't buy it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, especially when there's the potential for some interesting stuff ahead. Like, say, the Hyundai 3.0l turbodiesel (estimated availability 2010) ending up in the Portico. That'd change the dynamic of this immediately.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Portico" strongly conveys "Portly"

      The Pacifica and the MB R class are whales. I hope Hyundai can come in smaller and a few thousand pounds lighter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Dodge Journey is going to have some serious competition!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog and Obsessed Auto Readers:

      We spent the damn R&D money on this friggin' thing and it's going to market just like the Borrego.

      Chung Moo Koo
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