2015 NAIAS LIVE: Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept image

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept has been officially presented to the public, in a premiere, at 2015 NAIAS, in Detroit.

Besides new generation of production vehicles, carmakers have also pulled the wraps off new concept cars, during the same 2015 North American International Auto Show. The newest one in this “category” is called the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept and it has been signed by Hyundai. The model in question is redefining the idea of an utility vehicle and it is aimed towards a new generation of car buyers, looking for a versatile but stylish type of transportation.

“This new crossover allows them all the expandable utility they need throughout their active week, from work-life professionalism, to social interests, to a whole variety of outdoor pursuits, without the typical compromises they have come to expect from the industry’s current product offerings”, said the Hyundai Motor America director, Mark Dipko.

The new one-off vehicle signed by Hyundai is coming with yellow Brembo brake calipers, large alloy wheels with center locking hubs wrapped in Michelin tires, big hexagonal front grille, prominent fog lights with LED, honeycombed headlights and an overall rugged design which is more suitable for a truck. The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept is also getting the rear hinged doors for easier access to the rear seats and it is taking its power from a 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine, with 190 HP (142 kW) and 406 Nm (300 lb-ft) of torque, sent to the HTRAC AWD system. No announcements on a possible production version have been made.