The forthcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup will possibly share a number features with the new Tucson, including the underpinnings, according to Motor1 report.
Hyundai has just unveiled the next-gen Tucson. The crossover is significantly modernized and cool-looking.
In a roundtable discussion with global members of the automotive media, Hyundai’s Head of Global Product Management Lorenz Glaab mentioned that the Santa Cruz would share its platform with the small SUV.
This information has not been officially confirmed, but it gives rise to rumors and questions.
It is still unclear how much in common the Tucson and Santa Cruz will have (if they have any), and if they will share the engine lineup in addition to the platform. Whether the statement is true, the Hyundai Santa Cruz will be smaller than expected.
According to the earlier reports, the pickup might be based on the Santa Fe or Palisade, and aimed at the Honda Ridgeline, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger.
The Santa Cruz should go into production at the Alabama plant, where Hyundai builds the Santa Fe SUV. If we believe to Mr. Glaab’s comments, the Tucson can be potentially made at the same facility.
In case the Hyundai Tucson serves as a basis for the Santa Cruz, the latter will target more at the Ford Maverick than the Ford Ranger. The pickup will appeal to active families and young people who like outdoor activities.
It could inherit the Tucson’s impressive technologies and become a very interesting offering.