The Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept is expected to be offered for production in the near future but this will not be your average pickup truck.
Hyundai is on a wave, along with its partner Kia, and besides pulling the wraps off new models these past few months, the South Korean based automaker is also planning the development of completely new vehicles. The Santa Cruz is one of them and the pickup truck concept has been rumored to hit the production line in the near future. According to Dave Zuchowski, the Hyundai America CEO, the Santa Cruz is a very important model because its production version might attract a new range of customers.
If everything will go as planned, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is expected to hit the assembly line sometimes in 2017 but it will not be labeled as a traditional pickup truck. According to the company’s official, the Santa Cruz will be offering the comfort of a crossover along with the practicality of a pickup bed and it won’t all be about ground clearance, towing capacity of payload.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept has been officially presented to the public during the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The model was coming with prominent fog lights with LED, honeycombed headlights, a big hexagonal grille, an overall rugged design, yellow Brembo brake calipers, large alloy wheels with center locking hubs and Michelin tires and so on. Rear hinged doors for easier access to the rear seats have also been added. Power came from a 190 HP (142 kW) and 406 Nm (300 lb-ft) of torque 2.0L turbo diesel engine, sent to the HTRAC AWD system.