The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz coming soon. The pickup truck segment is growing like never before and it is clear from the newest automobile industry developments. Existing top players in this segment are now busy revamping their popular models. At the same time, new brands are thinking of venturing into the sector and that includes luxury car brands too. Korean car giant Hyundai is not a name to reckon with in pickup segment. However, this is likely to change soon. The company is soon going to launch a new compact truck though certain details are yet to be confirmed.
What are the developments?
Hyundai showcased the Santa Cruz pickup concept truck back in 2015 at the Detroit auto show. It was a based on the company’s popular Santa Fe SUV. However, the company remained mum about the launch and commercial production for all these years after that event. The latest news is Hyundai insiders have said the truck will be made for Australia and also for the US market. This news proves the speculation of Hyundai shelving the plan for commercial production of Santa Cruz compact truck to be wrong. Possibly, the company can no longer ignore the lucrative US truck market.
2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Design possibilities
Not much is clear about final design style of the upcoming Santa Cruz pickup truck. However, it may get some changes compared to the 2015 Concept version. The concept was a four door model with capacity to seat 5 persons inside. The truck may be offered in several exterior colors and it may get LED lamps too.
2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Engine possibilities
Hyundai has not said much on the powertrain that will be used in the upcoming Santa Cruz pickup truck. The 2-liter turbocharged diesel unit with 190 HP output which was there in the concept model may or may not be present in the production version. However, the possibility of the company using a gasoline engine is there- to comply with newest US emission norms. Nothing is clear about its towing capacity.
The upcoming 2020 Santa Cruz pickup truck is likely to be offered with plenty of amenities and safety features. It may also get latest infotainment setup with touch screen display. Expected safety features are airbags, traction control, lane keep assist, automated emergency braking and blind spot monitor. It is not known if Hyundai will launch a single trim or there will be many trims. Some amenities like multi zone climate control and sunroof may be offered in the truck while others will be kept optional.
2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Price and Availability
The exact pricing of upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz 2020 pickup truck is not clear. However, it is likely to be priced under $30000 given its target buyers. The release date could be in late 2020.
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck is an exciting new entrant in compact truck segment. It will be aimed mostly at urban users who want a versatile yet compact truck within modest budget. Certain details including the pricing are unclear. It may give Hyundai the scope to take on Honda Ridgeline and Nissan Navara.