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Old 02-17-2019, 07:17 PM
 
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Appears Hyundai is going to build a unibody pickup truck based on their crossover. Iím sure other brands will be watching the reception and sales of this vehicle when it comes out.

Is it possible for such a design to cost less than current midsize body on frame trucks? All other brands have a crossover that is FWD based with AWD available. Could a base FWD model cost less and be more fuel efficient than a base midsize truck? Do you think there is a market for a truck that is slightly smaller than a midsize truck for those people who only ocassionally haul things and usually not that much to warrant a larger truck? I know hardcore truck guys wonít even consider a unibody truck that is FWD based. I doubt this type of truck would even be marketed towards them. This could become a new class of truck.
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Ridgeline is unibody but doesn’t sell so well as far as I can tell.
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:34 PM
 
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Ridgeline is unibody but doesnít sell so well as far as I can tell.
Itís currently based upon the Honda Pilot and has a V6 engine. I believe the Hyundai unibody truck will be based upon a smaller crossover. They did announce it would look different from the concept truck that was at an auto show several years back and that it would be based on the Tuscan platform and does not come with a V6
https://www.motortrend.com/news/hyun...es-new-design/
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Ridgeline is unibody but doesnít sell so well as far as I can tell.
Nope they donít and now thereís a big recall on the Ridgeline not sure what years though.
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Old 02-17-2019, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Central Washington
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Ridgeline is unibody but doesnít sell so well as far as I can tell.
It doesn't. Sales peaked at 50,000 in 2006, and less than 35,000 every year since 2007. Honda Ridgeline US car sales figures

Seems like kind of odd to introduce something for a market that small.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Nope they donít and now thereís a big recall on the Ridgeline not sure what years though.
I imagine it's likely all of the 2nd generation Ridgelines.


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This could become a new class of truck.
Funny thing, most of the big US automakers have been selling these types of trucks overseas for years.

This is just my opinion, but many (most?) truck sales are not because they're the most practical vehicle or best tool for the job.

Subaru:


Volkswagen:


Ford:


There are plenty of others.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I friend of mine had one of those Bajas. I rode in it a few times and I remember it riding terribly, like a go-kart. She ended up trading it for an F-150.
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Texas
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From what I'm hearing about it, it's scheduled for production, not a concept anymore. Here's what they claim it's going to be. And I'd bet they sell a ton of them. It's sporty, it's small, and should get great gas mileage.
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Ridgeline is unibody but doesnít sell so well as far as I can tell.
This is true however I think the Ridgeline's issue is largely one of price.

If Hyundai can keep this thing relatively inexpensive and obviously market it as a ute of some sort rather than a truck I think it could sell relatively well.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:01 AM
 
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Ford is coming out with a smaller-than-Ranger version, codenamed P758.
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