After many rumors and an appearance at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014 in Hanover, Germany, Hyundai finally started production of its first light commercial vehicle (LCV). The vehicle is manufactured in Europe for the European market.
The H350 is built on a platform that supports three body styles – Van, Bus and Chassis Cab and the Van will be available with a choice of 18 ft or 20 ft overall lengths with a cargo capacity 455 cu.ft and will have 2.5 L engine with 147hp / 274 ft-lb of torque and 168hp / 311 ft-lb.
Based on an American version that has been spotted, test-driving around California, the Hyundai H350 is expected to be available in 2016, augmenting the cargo van market with a full-featured, low-priced and well-warranted vehicle.
Nice Van but little engine. This is America with big roads. This van needs to climb the Rockies with a load to pass muster. I doubt that 2.5 motor is capable of everyday cargo hauling in different conditions. I would love the chance of trying it though. I would think after about a year of constant hauling of freight the little pup would poop out. And at the wrong time. Sprinter, Fords, Rams, Chevy’s and Nissan have the market in small truck cargo hauling….This “Johnny come lately” is the big question as to reliability.
This is an older posting and since then no more sightings. I agree with your statement, but you have to remember that many of these vans have been originally designed for European, Asian or Australian markets and then later refitted and redesigned specifically for The American market. A good example is the Ford Transit and Dodge ProMaster. I would say, the more competition, the better!