According to the latest rumor flying off the mill, the design of the production version of the Hyundai Santa Cruz is almost completed and the final version could be seen as quickly as the Los Angeles Auto Show this November.
The Santa Cruz concept was a crowd pleaser for Hyundai which is why the South Korean automaker has decided to enter the recently revived compact pick-up truck segment with a production version. The latter will be reportedly based on the Tucson crossover, and it should reach markets around 2018 – in the US going to dealerships as a 2019 model year. It appears the compact pickup’s design has been almost completed and the most recent report on the subject claims the model could be presented in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. If the timeframe won’t be met, there’s always the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January next year.
The Santa Cruz got greenlight due to very impressive probable sales figures in the business case reviews and Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, even confided the model could be the best candidate for a diesel engine in United States. And it won’t be the 1.7- and 2.0-liter CRDi turbodiesel engines from the Tucson in European guise, but an all new mill currently in development for use in the Genesis models coming to Europe in a few years.