The Veracruz, Hyundai’s flagship crossover prepares for the 2012 model year with a more imposing grille and new 18-inch hypersilver wheels adding to the sleek and modern styling. The seven-seat Veracruz also gets standard heated second row rear seats on the Limited trim and a new available Alpine navigation system. Meticulous attention to detail and an exceptionally high level of standard luxury, convenience and safety equipment all underpin Hyundai’s commitment to exceeding the expectations of demanding crossover shoppers.
The Veracruz Limited adds an Alpine navigation system to its long list of amenities available for 2012. The Alpine navigation system brings with it HD Radio technology with Multicasting, Pandora internet radio for iPhone, rearview camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone system and a seven-inch touch-screen display. The navigation system comes equipped with an AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD-changer/MP3 audio system that includes an Infinity 605-watt external amplifier and 10 speakers.
Veracruz has a robust stance with sleek lines and balanced proportions. Its bold, three-tiered wraparound headlamps, imposing grille, muscular flanks which house 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels and rakish roofline create a refined and luxurious exterior appearance.
Using high-grade materials, Hyundai's designers have created a spacious cabin that is both versatile and elegant. Every major component of Veracruz has been designed to reduce cabin noise below that of the whisper-quiet Lexus RX350. To isolate outside noise, Hyundai applies acoustic damping sheets to the doors and unibody, a steel plate beneath the engine and four layers of carpet padding. Engine noise is reduced through an electronically controlled engine mount, a multi-curvature dash, custom hood insulation and a pillow tripod joint, to lessen vibrations from the driveshaft.
Seating for seven is made possible because of Hyundai’s standard Hideaway™ third-row seat, accessible via a simple lever to slide the second row forward. Additionally, a well-thought out design means cargo space is abundant in the Veracruz.
Available dual-zone climate controls for driver and front-seat passenger further enhance the Veracruz’s luxury credentials. Second- and third-row passengers enjoy a new level of comfort, due to B-pillar-mounted adjustable vents, rear HVAC controls and roof-mounted vents.
Brushed metal accents and blue backlighting for all interior gauges, switches and buttons highlight the modern, integrated interior design. Even the front cupholders are accented with blue light, while soft blue lighting in the overhead console provides subdued mood lighting. Hyundai’s focused attention to detail can be seen throughout the interior with the console bins and glovebox lined with soft flocking material. Powerpoint caps, seatbelt buckles and cupholder inserts are color-keyed for design harmony. Soft-touch, high-quality materials, low-gloss surfaces and zero-tolerance fits are used throughout the interior.
An AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system includes an internal 172-watt amplifier and six speakers and comes standard in the Veracruz GLS along with 3-months of XM service (not available in AK or HI). The 314-watt Infinity® AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with subwoofer and external amplifier is standard on the Limited.
Veracruz audio systems include a standard auxiliary input jack (3.5 mm mini-jack and USB input) to accommodate and charge audio devices such as iPods. When an iPod or flash drive is connected through the USB port, which is located in a center console storage compartment, not only does it play music through the vehicle’s audio system, but it also charges the iPod and allows the driver to access tracks with the steering wheel audio controls. This system also allows both driver and passengers to easily view song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than only the iPod itself.
Other thoughtful convenience features include a proximity key, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, mirror-mounted approach lights, memory settings for the power driver seat, exterior mirrors and steering wheel, backup warning system and a power tailgate.
On the street, Veracruz offers capable, fuel-efficient performance courtesy of a modern 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine. It delivers an estimated 260 horsepower and 257 lb-ft. of torque. To maximize torque across the rev range, the engine utilizes Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) on the intake valves and a Variable Intake System which helps cylinders breathe efficiently at both low and high rpm. The engine has an aluminum block and cylinder heads for light weight and thermal efficiency, and features a steel timing chain with no scheduled maintenance.
To reduce vibration, the engine rides on a semi-active engine mounting, which consists of three passive mounts integrated with a controllable element, rpm sensor and solenoid valve. The active mount is vacuum-activated to offset engine vibrations.
To help put the power to use, the engine is mated to an Aisin six-speed gearbox with SHIFTRONIC® manual control, adding to driver control. The transmission also uses an integrated transmission control unit and low noise gears that help reduce friction.
Veracruz achieves an EPA fuel economy estimate of 17 city/22 highway in front wheel drive models and 16 city/21 highway in all wheel drive models. Veracruz also delivers clean air, with a Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) classification.
Hyundai engineers benchmarked the best crossovers in the world before designing Veracruz’s unibody and four-wheel independent suspension system. The rigid chassis and suspension geometry were specifically designed to deliver a supple, confident ride and help isolate the passenger cabin from imperfection in the road. The underpinnings are supported by a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension system.
Upfront, reverse L-shaped lower control arms and high caster angles provide superior steering feel and excellent straight-line stability. Large subframe bushings improve the ride and isolate unwanted noise, vibration and harshness. All four wheels are controlled by coil springs, fade-resistant, gas-charged dampers and front and rear stabilizer bars. The Veracruz GLS is equipped with 17-inch, five-split-spoke aluminum wheels and 245/65R17 tires, while the Limited trim rides on 18-inch, hypersilver alloy wheels and 245/60R18 tires. Add in rack-and-pinion power steering, with a tighter turning radius than the shorter-in-length Lexus RX350 and Nissan Murano, and the end result is a vehicle with precise steering and handling, and a well-controlled yet comfortable ride.
Hyundai offers an Intelligent Torque Controlled Coupling All Wheel Drive (AWD) system to propel Veracruz through the elements. Using wheel speed sensors to monitor the road and the driver, this electronic system can sense when and where more torque is required. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a multi-plate clutch without any extra effort from the driver. An AWD lock mode can be engaged with the touch of a button, providing a 50:50 torque ratio when needed at low speeds.
The 2011 Veracruz embraces both active and passive safety with a host of leading-edge technologies. The vehicle’s advanced engineering provides a high level of precision during all aspects of driving, and is anchored by standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the industry’s most important new safety technology. By continually analyzing road speed, steering input, throttle position, lateral yaw rate and other factors, an onboard microprocessor determines if the vehicle is starting to understeer or oversteer, and automatically engages one or more brakes. The system also reduces engine output to help the driver maintain the intended path.
In addition, Veracruz adds large four-wheel disc brakes with a 10-inch tandem brake booster and an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) for impressive stopping distance for a vehicle of its size. Brake Assist, which is also standard, maximizes braking force when an emergency stop is detected.
Veracruz’s passive safety features are equally impressive, beginning with six total airbags, including advanced dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for all three rows of seating. In addition, active front head restraints help prevent whiplash. All seating positions feature three-point seatbelts, while the second and third rows also feature adjustable head restraints. Security is provided through a standard alarm system and available engine immobilizer.
To absorb impact to the passenger cabin, Hyundai engineers optimized crumple zones and reinforced the architecture’s rails, side sill frame, floor cross-members and center pillars.
Convenient Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) points allow child seats to be secured in the second-row seats. Additional standard safety equipment includes a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which alerts drivers if one or more tires are under inflated with an illuminated readout on the dash.
As with all Hyundai vehicles, Hyundai put a great deal of thought and attention into every aspect of Veracruz. One touch controls the available power tailgate, and the proximity key means no more fishing for keys with groceries in hand. Approach lights, sometimes referred to as “puddle lamps,” can save your best pair of shoes. Equipping the rear bumper with backup warning sensors makes parallel parking a snap. Aerodynamic wiper blades improve visibility, and two-way nozzles, each with four streams of fluid, provide for remarkably clean windshields. Making wireless phone calls in your Veracruz is easy using optional Bluetooth® wireless technology.
The 2012 Hyundai Veracruz comes in two distinct trim levels: The well-equipped GLS and premium Limited. With its standard 7-passenger seating, premium interior, and luxurious driving experience, Veracruz is a unique vehicle that raises the bar in the midsize crossover SUV segment.
Premium Package: Power tilt-and-slide sunroof, power tailgate, auto dimming interior mirror with HomeLink® and compass, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, heated front seats and windshield wiper deicer.
Navigation Package includes an Alpine navigation system (which replaces the CD changer), 10 speakers and a 605-watt external amplifier.