Hyundai will unveil its first pickup truck – a four-door crew cab production model – on April 15, 2021. Ahead of the premiere, the automaker has released some teaser photos.
Unlike the 2015 Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept, the production version gains two doors more. Its grille looks similar to that of the latest Tucson.
The recent teaser photos show a sporty, on-road-focused pickup truck. The segment of small pickups the model enters has been increasing in popularity.
The Santa Cruz is one of few pickup trucks on the market to have a unibody structure instead of a body-on-frame one. The upcoming Ford Maverick and existing Honda Ridgeline belong to the same monocoque (unibody) group of trucks, which are adventure-oriented vehicles rather than ‘workhorses’ with prominent payload and towing capacity.
Hyundai will unveil details of the Santa Cruz on April 15. For now, we can assume the pickup will receive the Hyundai Santa Fe’s engines including a 2.5-liter turbo-four engine in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Hyundai will build the Santa Cruz at the Alabama plant, along with the Santa Fe SUV. The carmaker plans to start production and sales of the Santa Cruz this year.