Hyundai Santa Cruz: It has been about a year since former Hyundai Motor America President and CEO, Dave Zuchowski, said that the Santa Cruz concept (pictured) had received the interior green light although the South Korean automaker was quiet since then.
Breaking the silence,
Hyundai Motor America’s Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning, Michael J. O’Brien, told Reuters that Hyundai will construct the fashionable pickup, and it will sell it in the U.S. O’Brien also verified the truck will appear similar to the Santa Cruz notion but didn’t say whether it would utilize the concept’s name.
During the same conversation, O’Brien affirmed Hyundai would sell a small SUV called the Kona from the U.S. later this year.
Hyundai’s design team will inevitably make a few alterations to the futuristic-looking Santa Cruz notion. Notably, the production version is forecast to ditch the layout study’s back half doors in favor of four full-size doors.
However, the overall shape should make the leap from concept to manufacturing with no significant tweaks.
The truck will ride on the same unibody platform – Tucson crossover. Hyundai insiders have shown that among the engines it could be offered within the United States is a brand-new four-cylinder turbo diesel unit that’s being developed to power Genesis-badged versions when the brand starts in Europe within a couple of years’ time.
The lineup will include both front- and – all-wheel drive variations.
The production model Santa car will go on sale in 2020 — afterward than expected. Together with the Santa Cruz-inspired truck, Hyundai will introduce three other new or refreshed SUVs from 2020.
We can expect a redesigned Santa Fe Sport, a new seven-passenger SUV to replace the three-row Santa Fe, and a redesigned Tucson.
The Santa Cruz pickup is anticipated to carry a base price of about $25,000, a figure that will ensure it is roughly $5,000 more expensive compared to Chevrolet Colorado.
However, $5,000 more affordable than the Honda Ridgeline, so its most direct rival. Hyundai believes it could sell anywhere between 50,000 and 70,000 examples of their Santa Cruz annually.