2012 Hyundai Veracruz - white - front three-quarter view, low

According to a report in Ward's Auto, the pale fortunes of the soon-to-depart Hyundai Veracruz aren't stopping Hyundai from considering another dedicated seven-seat crossover. Although the new Santa Fe will usher in a long-wheelbased sibling that can seat seven, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik advises Ward's to "stay tuned for future details on a potential premium crossover" that could be a dedicated – read: Veracruz replacing – CUV for seven.

The question is, what does "premium" mean? The word was applied to the Veracruz but customers didn't exactly buy it, cross-shopping the Veracruz with mass-market competitors. Ward's uses a barn-sized brush to lay out the competitive set for this future CUV, from the $18,995 Dodge Journey(!) to the $46,250 Audi Q7. That's a boggling range, the prime takeaway being that whatever it is will be obviously more "premium" than the Veracruz. According to Ward's, "Hyundai has expressed a desire to use the rear-wheel drive platform underpinning its premium Genesis and Equus sedans for other models, possibly CUVs."

Just as important for the moment is that Hyundai believes there's a fight it can still win in the arena of large crossovers.