Hyundai’s Santa Fe-based pickup truck will definitely reach production lines. The Korean car manufacturer confirmed the arrival and we think it’s going to be introduced sometime next year as the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz.
According to information we have, the production model won’t differ too much from its concept version which was introduced in 2015. The vehicle will keep its smooth and dynamic exterior design with cool features such as the telescoping rear section, which increases cargo space up to mid-size capacity. U.S. drivers will definitely love the truck. We are pretty sure because they loved Chevrolet’s El Camino in the past and love Honda’s all-new Ridgeline at the moment.
The only thing that the manufacturer needs to improve is powertrain of the pickup truck. The concept model had a turbodiesel unit, which delivers around 190 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Even though that this amount of power is enough, we highly doubt that the North American buyers want to drive the attractive pickup with the oil-burner under the hood. No, Hyundai will probably use a gasoline unit, most likely the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with the ability to deliver 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. If the mill actually comes, it will most likely be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There are some chances to see a hybrid powertrain as well, but that’s not confirmed yet.
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz will host all available technologies the carmaker currently owns. That’s the point with this kind pickup truck. It’s going to use as many technologies as it is possible to host, simply because that way the potential drivers will get the feeling that they are driving a crossover. As far as we think, Hyundai will fit the center with a touchscreen display, while they should add a head-up display above to control navigation and safety. Features such as Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto will definitely be available or even standard.
The car-like pickup truck will cost as much as Honda’s all-new Ridgeline, which is around $30K.