Hyundai is eyeballing the global commercial vehicle market with the Hyundai Xcient. The Hyundai Xcient (which gets it name from combining XC with efficient) is an all new approach to the commercial truck market both in style and function. Unlike their current, smaller market heavy-duty trucks, the Hyundai Xcient (which debuted at the 2013 Soul Auto Show) is primed to meet the demands of a global market.
“The Xcient is the result of Hyundai Motor’s relentless pursuit of excellence and technology innovation,” said Hanyoung Choi, Hyundai Motor’s Vice Chairman. “We believe that this new vehicle will help us achieve our goal of becoming a major player in the commercial vehicle market.”
The Hyundai Xcient comes with two engine options, the 10L H-engine, with maximum output of 420ps (about 414 hp), maximum torque of 200kgm (about 1,446 lb-ft), and Powertech engine, with maximum output of 520ps (about 513 hp), maximum torque of 255kgm (about 1,843 lb-ft). According to Hyundai, these updated power-plants are much more efficient than the ones they replace in Trago.
“The Xcient, which took three years and 200 billion won of investment to develop, offers a full lineup including cargo, tractor and dump. From the early development stages, truck customers’ needs and market trends were fully reflected. The wide grille strengthens its confident look, while side character lines add to its bold yet sophisticated image. The cabin height was increased by 330 mm to 1,895mm, giving drivers more space. The width of the bed inside the cabin has also been increased to 800mm from 650mm, optimizing the truck for long distance driving.” – – Hyundai Media
The Hyundai Targo, which debuted in 2006, has done well for the automaker, but needed to be updated. The advent of the Hyundai Xcient allows for new electronics, drive components, platform and better efficiency. Those numbers include a seven percent increase in fuel economy.
“Due to improved engine performance, the new model’s fuel economy has been enhanced by seven percent from the previous model. In addition, the new model boasts enhanced durability resulting from improved components, including dump spring, twin clutch and air suspension, making the truck more economically efficient by lowering maintenance costs.
The Xcient adopted a number of convenience features for the first time in the commercial vehicle market, such as driver seat with cold/warm air ventilation, button-start. In particular, Hyundai’s advanced in-vehicle telematics service ‘Blue Link’ was included for the first time in its commercial vehicles.” – – Hyundai Media
Check out this interesting video interpretation of a modern work truck via VIA Motors!
Here’s Hyundai’s final take on the Xcient:
“Hyundai Xcient will go on sale in the second half of this year with a target of 60,000 global sales by 2017. Hyundai is set to hold events for the new car in overseas markets including Peru and Russia.
During the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai displays a total of eight models, including the Xcient, CNG hybrid bus and electric bus at a separate booth dedicated to commercial vehicles.”