The Hyundai Veracruz (Korean: 현대 베라크루즈), also known as the Hyundai ix55 in Europe and Russia,[2] is a mid-size crossover[3] that was manufactured by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai from 2006 to 2012. The Veracruz was sold in the United States, Canada, South Korea, China, Dominican Republic, Brazil, and the Middle East.

Hyundai Veracruz (EN)
2010 Hyundai Veracruz Limited -- 08-26-2010.jpg
Also calledHyundai ix55
Model years2007–2013
AssemblySouth Korea: Ulsan
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV[1]
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
RelatedHyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Grandeur
Kia Optima
Kia Carens
Kia Sorento
Engine3.8 L Lambda V6 (gasoline)
3.0 L S-Line V6 (diesel)
Transmission6-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,805 mm (110.4 in)
Length4,840 mm (190.6 in)
Width1,950 mm (76.8 in)
Height1,810 mm (71.3 in)
PredecessorHyundai Terracan
SuccessorHyundai Maxcruz/Santa Fe (LWB)
Hyundai Palisade

It was also imported to Europe and parts of Asia from 2007 to 2011. The Veracruz was discontinued in other countries, except South Korea.


2007 Hyundai Veracruz 3.0 CRDi
2012 Hyundai Veracruz (North America)

The official date of unveiling in South Korea was October 12, 2006, and was made available in the United States as a model of 2007.[4] The Veracruz went on sale in March 2007, and is Hyundai's largest crossover SUV.

It replaced the truck based Terracan that was sold worldwide except for North America. The Veracruz is built on a Hyundai Santa Fe platform. The revamped 2011 Veracruz was based on the same platform as the Kia Sorento.[5]

The Veracruz gets its name from a state in Mexico, continuing the Western theme from the small Tucson SUV and mid size Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. Powering the Veracruz is a 3.8 L 260 hp (190 kW) V6 engine with an Aisin sourced six speed Shiftronic Automatic transmission.

In Europe, it was sold only with 3.0 L CRDI V6 diesel S-Line engine with Variable geometry turbocharger and 240 hp (180 kW).[6] In 2008, the Veracruz was also sold in some European countries as the ix55.[7]

Features and optionsEdit

The Veracruz was available in 3 models during its six year run: the base GLS, the SE and the luxurious Limited, in Front Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive configurations.

Standard features on all Veracruz models included full power equipment, air conditioning with allergen filter, an A/M-F/M stereo with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, CD/MP3 player, USB and auxiliary inputs for portable media devices, steering wheel mounted audio system and cruise controls, third row seating, aluminium alloy wheels, a V6 engine, an automatic transmission, and colour keyed side mirrors and door handles.

Additional options included a six disc, in dash CD/MP3 changer, Infinity surround sound, leather trimmed seating surfaces, heated and ventilated seats, a power sunroof, smart key access (featuring a "Twist to Start" ignition system), chrome accents, and touch screen GPS Navigation with SiriusXM Travel Link service.

One feature that was not available from the factory on any Veracruz model was a Bluetooth hands free telephone system, though one was available as an accessory through Hyundai that replaced the sunglasses holder in the overhead console.

However, the optional Bluetooth hands free accessory kit did not support A2DP wireless stereo streaming of music, as it did not integrate into the Veracruz's audio system, and instead featured its own, integral control panel and speaker. [8]


The Hyundai Veracruz was discontinued on November 15, 2011, in other countries except South Korea. Last produced models of 2011 were rebadged in 2012, and carried over the extended year.

Hyundai announced on April 6, 2012 that the seven passenger version of the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will replace the Veracruz, and that production of the current Veracruz would stop "around November 2012".[9]

In 2015, South Korean version was discontinued due to Euro 6 emission standards.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) said crash results indicated, "... a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity" which is the highest result possible. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found similar results when they tested the Veracruz, awarding it five stars after its frontal crash test for both passenger and driver and in the side impact event.[10]

On November 15, 2007, the IIHS declared Veracruz vehicles built after August 2007 a Best Safety Pick for side, rear, and frontal impact protection.[11]


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  2. ^ "Hyundai ix55 - a 'world' car". 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
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  4. ^ Joseph, Noah (2007-01-09). "Detroit Auto Show: 2007 Hyundai Veracruz". Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  5. ^ Jablansky, Jeffrey (24 August 2010). "Bring It On: Hyundai to Introduce New Crop of Models by 2011". Automobile. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  6. ^ (in Italian) ( Hyundai ix55: per l'Europa solo a gasolio
  7. ^ (in Italian) ( Hyundai ix55, SUV “del Calmo Mattino”
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  9. ^ "Autoblog article talking about the Veracruz discontinuation in favor of the 7-seat 2013 Santa Fe". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  10. ^ [1] Archived December 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ IIHS News | November 15, 2007

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