Hyundai’s association with The Walking Dead is, for a lot of fans, limited to the spearmint-green Tucson that Rick, Darryl, Maggie and Herschel drive around on AMC’s hit show. But the tie-up with the series extends beyond that, going right into the graphic novels that inspired the TV show.
In celebration of 10 years of Robert Kirkman’s series of comics, Hyundai has built special edition Tucson that, unlike its previous zombie survival cars, is going to see production. “The Walking Dead” Special Edition Tucson uses the same 2.4-liter engine found in the standard CUV, with 182 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. In fact, this car is largely similar to your everyday Tucson, at least in terms of equipment.
It does add a few things which might be handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse, though. A Zombie Survival Kit, which Hyundai describes as a “Walking Dead 72-hour survivalist’s backpack, a necessary item for any zombie ‘prepper,'” is included, as are body decals for all four of the comic book’s factions and a special splash screen on the navigation system. The exterior is finished in Ash Black and sports red accents, along with special edition badges. A cross-railed roof rack and mudguards round out the interior enhancements.
No word on pricing, availability timeframe or word of how many examples Hyundai will build. Unfortunately, Hyundai didn’t have the special edition on display at its stand at the LA Show – the less-than-flattering nighttime shots (inset, right) are from their off-site event – and studio shots aren’t available yet, but we’ll be sure to share them when they become available.