There is a big chance of the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck to be green-lighted for production this year.
The pickup truck segment is still opened for new additions and it seems that Hyundai will be faster than Mercedes-Benz as it is currently planning on offering such a model, probably this year or in early 2016. The announcement has been made by Dave Zuchowski, who has recently spoken to the guys from TheDetroitBureau. According to the company’s official, the model might be approved for production “soon”. The vehicle is believed to become popular across the United States, except for Texas, but before planning its launch in “the new world”, the final approval still needs to come from the South Korean headquarters.
The production version of the Hyundai Santa Cruz will be based on the concept car wearing the same name. The one-off model has been officially presented earlier this year, during the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in Detroit, and it is basically a traditional pickup truck. The model should be offering the comfort of a crossover along with the practicality of a pickup bed but things won’t stop at the towing capacity, ground clearance and other similar stuff. The concept had a large hexagonal grille, LED lights, large alloy wheels with center locking hubs and Michelin tires, yellow Brembo brake calipers and more. Power to it was being provided by a 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine, with 190 HP (142 kW) and 406 Nm (300 lb-ft) of torque.