Hyundai Santa Cruz might be based on the Tucson image

The production version of the Hyundai Santa Cruz might be based on the Tucson if the carmaker will finally decide on green lighting it.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been officially unveiled a few months back and, since then, rumors on a production version were saying that the car manufacturer has unofficially green lighted it. If this turns out to be true, than the pickup truck might be seen at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, most likely, and, according to a recent report, it might be based on the Hyundai Tucson.

Despite using the basis of the small SUV, Hyundai will be offering its pickup truck a five-seat interior and the all-wheel drive technology. Chances are the engine options will be carried over from the model already available but rumor has it that a diesel unit is also being considered. A final decision on the future of the Hyundai Santa Cruz is expected to be made this summer.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been officially unveiled, in a concept form, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in Detroit. This is a pickup truck which is said to offer the practicality of a bed along with the comfort of a crossover. The concept car came with the large alloy wheels and Michelin tires, the LED lights, the yellow brake calipers and more. Power to it has been provided by the 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine, rated at 190 HP (142 kW) and 406 Nm (300 lb-ft) of torque.

Source: Edmunds