Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck spotted on car transporterJune 26, 2020
Back in 2015, Hyundai introduced the concept of Santa Cruz, giving hope that the Korean automaker intends to enter the segment of small pickups. In 2019, Hyundai announced that production of Santa Cruz would begin at the company’s plant in Alabama, and this was the latest pickup information officially reported by the Koreans. It is expected that Hyundai Santa Cruz will be on the conveyor at the beginning of 2021, so it can debut at the end of this year.
On the way to Tennessee, photo spies spotted Santa Cruz on a freight trailer. While the previous prototypes were carefully hidden by dense camouflage, this prototype was just pasted over with a masking film, which allows you to get a clearer idea of the general shape and proportions of the pickup. As you can see, from the concept of Santa Cruz moved the inclined front pillar.
The taillights are partially disclosed and a compact rear cargo platform of the novelty is visible. Ahead will be a large grille and split headlights inspired by the Hyundai Kona. Hyundai positions Santa Cruz as a compact city pickup truck that can transport kayaks, mountain bikes and camping equipment. Since it will have a solid structure, rather than a traditional chassis with a body on a frame, the Honda Ridgeline will become the closest competitor to Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Hyundai Santa Cruz will be based on the next generation Hyundai Tucson, and will have similar proportions. Engine options have not been confirmed, but it is expected that the next generation Tucson will use a new 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. As an alternative, the 2.0-liter Hyundai hybrid, which debuted in the new Sonata, can be offered.
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