South Korean automaker Hyundai has unveiled the 2018 HDC-2 Grandmaster concept SUV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show. The SUV featuring the brand’s “more detailed blueprint” for its new ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design language was first broke cover with the HDC-1 Le Fil Rouge sedan concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 2018 with Hyundai’s new design philosophy.
According to the statement released by Hyundai, “The concept vehicle is named to indicate that just as the sum of all chess pieces completes the game of chess, all forthcoming Hyundai vehicles will come from a harmonious vehicle line-up demonstrating the Hyundai Look while each maintains distinctive character and role.”
Designed through harmonization of four fundamental elements – styling, architecture, proportion and technology, these attributes of Hyundai Grandmaster concept are said to bring ‘emotional value and desirability’ to the vehicle. One more interesting fact about the concept is that the name of the SUV concept has been inspired by the chess game. Based on the new ‘Light Architecture’ by Hyundai, the Grandmaster is expected to share a number of its cues with the production-ready Kia Telluride. The concept features hockey stick-style chrome line and grille and multi-part headlamps and it won’t be a surprise if the production spec gets these forward.
At the inside, the production version of the 2018 HDC-2 Grandmaster concept will feature a three-row seating arrangement. The feature details along with the powertrain options for the concept have not been revealed yet by the South Korean automaker. However, it is expected to come powered by a 3.3-litre, twin-turbo petrol V6 engine making 365 bhp and 510 Nm of torque, the same engine empowers the Kia Telluride. Also, we can expect the automaker to introduce a plug-in hybrid variant at a later stage pairing a 3.5-litre, 270 hp petrol V6 engine with a 130 hp electric motor. Apart from these, Hyundai might also add a diesel engine for selected markets, expected to be a more powerful version of the 2.2-litre diesel motor found on the new Santa Fe. Along with these, an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive are also expected to be part of the package.
Also speaking about the HDC-2 Grandmaster concept, SangYup Lee, vice president in charge of styling- Hyundai said, "Making a big step forward in terms of design with the Hyundai Look strategy, we will move towards becoming a brand that customers can really relate to emotionally. Moving on from being a brand that provides a great value, we will aspire to also become a brand that is widely beloved by our customers."
The production version of the HDC-2 Grandmaster concept will be positioned above the Santa Fe 7-seater SUV in the Hyundai product line up and is most likely to be called the Palisade. Hence, it is expected to be the spiritual successor of the Veracruz mid-size crossover by the automaker. However, in terms of launching the SUV in the Indian market, Hyundai has no plans to do so till now but we can definitely hope to see this new range topping SUV in the country.
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