Hyundai talks about the first production Santa Cruz pickup
Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup, which will compete with Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger, will be built on the new generation Tucson crossover platform.
Hyundai will begin selling its first production pickup in 2021. The new product will be named Santa Cruz, like the concept that was presented back in 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show. This is reported by the Motor Authority, citing a source in the Korean company.
The pickup will be built on the new generation Tucson crossover platform. Santa Cruz will receive a monocoque body. Most likely, the car will have both versions with a drive on one axle and an all-wheel-drive version.
According to preliminary data, Santa Cruz will be equipped with atmospheric and turbocharged "fours". Also, customers will be offered a hybrid version of the pickup. Recall that the prototype was equipped with a two-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel, developing 190 HP and 406 N·m of torque.
Santa Cruz production will be established at the Montgomery (Alabama) plant. Now Elantra, Sonata, and Santa Fe are assembled at this enterprise. The Koreans spent $410 million on modernizing the plant. Whether the pickup will be sold outside the US is still unknown.
The main competitors of the new product are called Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger. In the future, the appearance of a "charged" version of the new product with an aggressive body kit and a long suspension stroke is not excluded.