Cancelled Korean Cars: Hyundai

These are the Hyundai cars that will never see the light of the day.

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Welcome to my other article series of 'Cancelled Korean Cars'. In this series, I will be going over the cars that were cancelled during development. For the first entry, I will be covering Hyundai's numerous cancelled cars, with some only ending up in renders while others were gone during the testing phase of the prototype. Do mind that some of these car projects were gone in the form of integration.

I currently only have the data for Korean car manufacturers, so any information about cancelled cars of other car companies would be greatly appreciated. Discuss the cancelled cars you know in the comments.

Hyundai's MPV projects - Hyundai CE, Hyundai Portico, Hyundai iM30/Hyundai SO

Hyundai CE. Source: https://www.carlife.net/bbs/board.php?bo_table=cl_2_1&wr_id=11169

Hyundai CE. Source: https://www.carlife.net/bbs/board.php?bo_table=cl_2_1&wr_id=11169

Hyundai CE was a minivan project based on the platform of Hyundai J3 platform, used in Hyundai Elantra (XD, 2000 - 2006). It was proposed to be a 3-row, 7-seater, and sized similar to Kia Carens/Rondo (RS, 1999 - 2006). Planned to launch in 2001, it was cancelled for an unknown reason, presumably to avoid hurting the sales of Kia Carens. (At the time, Kia has been under Hyundai Motor Company for only a couple of years.)

Hyundai Portico. Source: http://blog.daum.net/hlm1004/6379177

Hyundai Portico. Source: http://blog.daum.net/hlm1004/6379177

Hyundai Portico was based on the 2005 Hyundai Portico concept car, and was supposed to be the successor of Hyundai Trajet/Trajet XG. It was styled as a crossover minivan, similar to Mercedes-Benz R-class and Chrysler Pacifica. Images of the prototype were widespread in the summer of 2008, with speculations of it being a 4 to 6 seater, offering V6 and hybrid powertrains, and front-wheel drive/four-wheel drive drivetrains. It was also assumed to be built in both South Korea and Alabama. The car was soon cancelled and was integrated into the development of Hyundai Starex (TQ) due to the 2008 financial crisis.

Hyundai SO project. Source: https://oldcar-korea.tistory.com/234

Hyundai SO project. Source: https://oldcar-korea.tistory.com/234

Hyundai iM30, or Hyundai SO project, was first spotted in early 2010. The car was based on the 2008 HED-5 concept car, built on the platform of Elantra (MD) and i30/Elantra GT (GD) and was projected to succeed Hyundai Lavita/Matrix. It was a 3-row, 7-seater minivan, targeting the European minivan market. 1.4 and 1.6L gasoline and diesel engines were going to be offered with the option of a 6-speed manual gearbox. The car's launch year initially was set to be 2011, which was delayed to 2013, then was cancelled. The reason is unknown, but it's presumed to avoid having a conflict with Kia's 2nd generation Carens/Rondo.

Hyundai QA/QA-5

Hyundai QA. Source: https://www.carlife.net/bbs/board.php?bo_table=cl_2_1&wr_id=11169

Hyundai QA. Source: https://www.carlife.net/bbs/board.php?bo_table=cl_2_1&wr_id=11169

Hyundai QA was a facelifted version of Hyundai Galloper II and was being developed along with its successor, Hyundai Terracan. The QA project was proposed to elongate its life in the ever-growing market of Korean RV while making the Terracan target the premium SUV segment. The SUT version (QA-5) was also planned and rendered. However, as the Terracan project went through multiple setbacks, the QA project was cancelled and Hyundai continued the sale of the Galloper with only a change in its logo. The Galloper was discontinued in 2003.

Hyundai Galloper II Pick-up

Galloper II Pickup. Source: https://blog.naver.com/ktftest/220622606358

Galloper II Pickup. Source: https://blog.naver.com/ktftest/220622606358

Just before the discontinuation of Galloper II, Hyundai contracted with a specialty vehicle company to build a Galloper II Pick-up based on the 3-door model of Galloper II. Only a few prototypes were made, as Hyundai believed Galloper II Pick-up lacked in terms of both commercial value and quality when compared to SsangYong Musso Sports/SUT.

Hyundai Precision & Industries Corporation Subcompact SUV

Source: https://www.carlife.net/bbs/board.php?bo_table=cl_2_1&wr_id=12593

Source: https://www.carlife.net/bbs/board.php?bo_table=cl_2_1&wr_id=12593

Hyundai Precision & Industries Corporation, now Hyundai Mobis, planned to launch an SUV in 1999 based on Mitsubishi Pajero Mini. The car was fitted with a 798cc G4HA engine from Hyundai Atoz/Atos/Santro, combined with a four-wheel drive drivetrain. Although the car's development was complete, the launch was cancelled as Hyundai Precision & Industries Corporation's automobile division was transferred into Hyundai Motor Company.

Hyundai Atoz Pick-up/Tutti

Hyundai Atoz Pick-up/Tutti

Hyundai Atoz Pick-up/Tutti

Hyundai Atoz Pick-up/Tutti was first showcased in the 2nd Seoul Motor Show in 1997 and was also shown in the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was 5cm longer than the Atoz/Atos, and its cargo was covered in aluminum. South Korea's 1997 financial crisis is assumed to be the reason for its cancellation, though Hyundai never discussed the actual reason.

Hyundai UG

Hyundai UG

Hyundai UG

Hyundai UG was expected to be the successor of Hyundai Aslan, Hyundai Azera in the North American market, and become the flagship sedan of the Hyundai Motor Company. Some speculated it to be only sold in the North American market to compete with Toyota Avalon. The project was later integrated into the facelift project of Hyundai Azera/Grandeur.

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