Hyundai plans to launch a large pickup truckSeptember 22, 2020
In the end, Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck could get an older brother
The upcoming Santa Cruz is considered Hyundai’s first pickup truck, but it really isn’t. Primarily sold at home in South Korea, the Porter (aka the H-100 in some regions) has been around since the late 1970s and is a rear-wheel drive pickup with a cab, akin to the Kia Bongo.
In other words, Hyundai has considerable experience in developing workhorses, although the Santa Cruz will be a model car rather than a full-fledged utility model. On a more practical side, there could be more growth in the coming years as the company has “many different options for the future.” This was announced by the head of Hyundai’s global design department Sang Yup Lee in an interview with the Australian magazine Which Car.
In fact, he is not the first senior official at Hyundai to talk about the possibility of installing a larger pickup truck over the upcoming Santa Cruz. Earlier this year, Hyundai’s global head of research and development, Albert Biermann, hinted that the one-ton truck could get the newly developed inline-six diesel powering the Genesis GV80. The luxury SUV is available in select markets with a 3.0-liter engine producing 278 horsepower and 588 Nm of torque.
“This engine, we can have so many applications. As you know, we also manufacture trucks, so this engine will be on sale for a long time to come, ”said Albert Biermann.
In which direction the larger truck will be styled is anyone’s guess, but as of late, Hyundai’s design team has been on the rise in terms of originality. From recent spy shots, Santa Cruz will look pretty interesting.
The Creta Sport Truck concept pictured here was also small and designed with the South American market in mind. Much like the Santa Cruz will be based on a crossover, the STC started out as a Creta and was then lengthened and expanded. The company also explored the idea of a lifestyle-focused one-piece pickup with sporty elements in the same spirit as the Santa Cruz.
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