A year and a half after Hyundai confirmed its concept for production pick-up Santa Cruz, this Wednesday the South Korean firm revealed the first official images of the model and, in addition, set a date for the premiere: it will be presented in society on April 15 to go into production in the middle of the year at the Hyundai Group complex in Montgomery , Alabama.
In the statement issued by the brand, it is noted that the Santa Cruz “will explore a new niche, halfway between an SUV and a truck, offering something that no other vehicle offers today in the United States.” It should be remembered that the Hyundai Santa Cruz will have a monocoque chassis, since it derives precisely from the familiar Tucson (in turn, it was presented in September).
Unlike that single-cab concept that Hyundai showed off in 2015, built on the Santa Fe architecture back then, the pick-up Definitive Santa Cruz will be a double cabin vehicle for five occupants. In terms of specifications, no details have been added, although obviously this new truck would be based on the 2.5-liter engine aspirated from the Tucson marketed in North America.
Last June the Hyundai Santa Cruz was already spied in the United States in towing tests (see note). Three months earlier he was seen in South Korea (see note).