Four years after its initial debut, Hyundai has officially confirmed the production of the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck. With other manufacturers providing comfortable yet convenient alternatives to traditional pickup trucks, we are curious to see how the new Santa Cruz will fair against the competition and an ever-changing consumer market.
Although we don’t know exactly what the production model will look like, the concept gives a good idea of what we might be seeing on the streets in a couple of years. Hyundai purposely went for an aggressive and bold design, attempting to focus on expression, efficiency, and maneuverability to fit into the urban lifestyle of Millennials and the new generation of car buyers. The rugged yet modern look definitely makes it stand out from the other offerings in the compact truck segment.
The powertrain is designed specifically with efficiency in mind. According to the initial concept release in 2015, the crossover truck is expected to come with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel that delivers 190 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, along with MPG in the high 30s. This powertrain is likely to be coupled with Hyundai’s all-wheel drive system, further positioning the vehicle for the outdoors and highly active lifestyles. Consumers shouldn’t expect to see much in terms of towing, payload, and ground clearance.
The new Santa Cruz Crossover Truck is expected to compete with the likes of the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Nissan Frontier. This compact truck segment focuses on offering consumers all the comforts and conveniences of a car or CUV while providing the benefits of having an open bed. Based on this, reports suggest that similar to the Ridgeline, the vehicle will be offered with a unibody design in order to create a smoother ride similar to that of a car rather than a traditional pickup truck.
As production is planned to begin in 2021, we expect to see the vehicle later that year or sometime in 2022.
Pictured: Santa Cruz