The Hyundai HCD-9 Talus concept was one of the vehicles
debuted at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show. The Talus was
a vehicle which attempted to fuse the off-road potential
of an SUV, with the sporty lines of a coupe.
Developed at Hyundai's California Design Center, the HCD-9
Talus was a nice looking vehicle, as far as SUV's go,
and had flowing muscular lines.
"The mission for Talus was to create a vehicle
that would excite the inner passion of customers who havent
been able to justify parking a sports car in their garage,"
said Joel Piaskowski, chief designer at the Hyundai Design
Center. "It's for a person who has grown accustomed
to the needs and benefits of an SUV, but desires the emotional
gratification of sports car styling and performance."
One of the weaker features of the design was the rather
mundane single grille which didn't suit the vehicle at
The HCD-9 Talus was the vehicle which introduced the stylish
little 'kink' design signature in the rear side windows
- a feature carried over to the Hyundai
Powering the Talus was a 4.6 litre V8 which produced 340
horsepower. The power was sent to all four wheels through
a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Similar and related vehicles:
Hyundai HCD10 Hellion
Hyundai HND-3 Veloster