Remember when brothers followed one another and mimicked their actions? Well this sort of behavior is also present in the automotive world.
The latest example comes from South Korea’s Hyundai and Kia brands – apparently Hyundai Motor America President Dave Zuchowsky has all but confirmed the production version of the spectacular Santa Cruz is coming sooner than later and now the rumors flying around the mill also see Kia showcasing its version of the model. According to a company source, Kia would bring the first ever pickup truck to life if Hyundai would greenlight its own variant of the well-received Santa Cruz concept. According to the insider, “You can guarantee that if Hyundai builds the Santa Cruz, we will have our own.” The person, who declined to reveal his identity because it was not allowed to discuss upcoming product plans with the media, Kia has been looking carefully at the truck market which is very popular in America and the company believes it would be able to deliver a compelling and successful model.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz study has been officially introduced during last year’s North American International Auto Show and became an instant public and critic hit thanks to its very interesting way of breaching the gap between sporty design and inherent practicality. The pickup is a lifestyle model and not a workhorse and if the production model comes to life it would most likely use the Tucson architecture. This means sharing the engines as well – turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque and it may even boast a diesel like the concept: 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel with 190 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque is a matching winner.