A production Hyundai Santa Cruz pick up truck will arrive in 2020. The last details for a trade version launch are being considered. The model will be a rival for the Honda Ridgeline.
First Hyundai presented a concept car (pictured) at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, then it was demonstrated at several exhibitions and even awarded as the Best Pick up Truck Concept of the Year in the USA.
The Santa Cruz will be based on a light SUV chassis for the controllability of a passenger car.
The concept is known to have a diesel engine. The production vehicle will get two petrol motors, at least for the North American market.
A four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine will produce 201 hp and 264 Nm of torque. A similar one is used in the Hyundai Elantra. There will be a simpler choice – an aspirated V4 of 2.4 liters and 185 hp (241 Nm) like in the Hyundai Sonata.
It is still unclear what exterior features of the concept will be inherited by the production model. The concept’s exterior still looks fresh.
In the USA the model will be aimed at the customers under 30 years of age and compete with the Nissan Frontier priced at $18,990.