The pickup truck sector is witnessing massive growth and the trend will continue in next few years say the industry experts. While top players in this segment are either launching new models or revamping popular models, newcomers are joining the bandwagon. South Korea based Hyundai Motors is known mostly for making SUVs and sedans but it is also keen on launching a pickup truck. The company is going to launch the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup in next two years as per the latest information.
However, some details are yet to be clarified. However, this new model will look much futuristic and it will get many techs in the cabin. Also, there are some reports that will use latest safety features.
2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz design is based on the Santa Fe model
It was back in 2015 when Hyundai showcased the concept called Santa Cruz pickup at the Detroit motor show. This model also sits on the popular platform available in SUV Santa Fe. After that, the company was nearly silent for 3 years about the possibility of commercial production of the truck. However, of late the company sources said that the truck is going to be available in two years. It will be available in select markets initially.
The final production version of 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck will have some similarities with the concept vehicle but changes will be incorporated as well. The Santa Cruz name will be kept as Hyundai sticks to the tradition of naming cars after cities in the USA. The truck may have similarities with the company’s Tucson crossover and it will be pitted against the Honda Ridgeline. It is likely to have a unibody construction.
The buzz is the 2020 Santa Cruz pickup truck will not get extended cab version. Brian Smith, Hyundai’s US wing CEO said the truck will get 4 doors and cabin will have space for 5 adults. The material quality will be upscale and several storage bins and cubicles will be in the offer too.
Amenities and safety technologies
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck will come with plenty of modern amenities and several advanced safety technologies. So, several airbags along with a rearview camera, blind spot monitor, cruise control, traction control and stability control will be there.
Some safety features like emergency braking will be offers as optional. Amenities may include a premium sound setup, ambient lighting, multi-zone climate control and navigation. Hyundai may offer some optional packages too.
2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz engine rumors
At this moment there is no official word about 2020 Santa Cruz pickup truck engine. The concept truck had a turbocharged 2.0 diesel engine but the company may offer something more powerful under the hood.
There are some rumors that will get 2.4-liter four-cylinder with AWD system as the options. We also expect great fuel economy and towing capacity. More information will be soon available.
2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz price and availability
The final pricing of 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz truck is unknown. However, the company may price it at around the $30.000 mark. Furthermore, the new model will hit the roads sometimes in late 2019.
Summing it up
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck will give eh Korean carmaker a chance to get into fast-growing pickup segment. The truck has to be priced reasonably since the competition is quite strong. It will give the rivals like the new Honda Ridgeline and Nissan Frontier run for their money.