Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck arrives in 2021November 10, 2020
The Korean company has finally confirmed the release dates for its new pickup.
Hyundai confirmed yesterday that the conceptual Santa Cruz, announced back in 2015, will be presented next year. The 2022 Santa Cruz will be built at Hyundai’s Montgomery, Alabama plant.
Santa Cruz is expected to share the base with the 2022 Tucson. This is not surprising, as Hyundai said during the Santa Cruz concept show that the car is not an alternative to traditional pickups as it does not prioritize towing, payload or ground clearance. Rather, Hyundai said it wants to attract crossover buyers looking for added functionality. Hyundai even calls the upcoming Santa Cruz a “crossover”.
The company will spend $ 410 million to modernize its Alabama plant to bring Santa Cruz to production and add 200 jobs. The influx effect in suppliers and logistics companies is expected to add another 1,000 jobs in the region.
One aspect of the Santa Cruz concept was the 2.0-liter turbodiesel, which is likely to be delayed due to emissions scandals. The diesel may be offered in other markets, although the automaker does not cover Santa Cruz sales outside the US. The range of engines should include naturally aspirated engines and a turbocharged engine, and a hybrid or plug-in hybrid installation is also possible.
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