Hyundai’s Santa Cruz concept has been introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and we were pretty sure that we won’t wait too long to see the production model. However, the pickup isn’t finished yet, but this is going to change in the coming year. Yes, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz is almost ready and it won’t differ too much from its concept version. Moreover, the carmaker plans to keep most of the styling cues, but of course, the overall design will be toned down.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Styling and Features
Judging by the information we have, the 2019 Santa Cruz will maintain its amazing unibody design and compact footprint. Of course, concept’s front-end styling won’t be as bold as it is, but it will keep the tough-looking face and massive mesh grille. Both hood and headlights will stay aggressive, while the wheels should be significantly smaller.
Some reports say that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz might largely resemble Honda’s Ridgeline truck, but that’s far away from the truth. Yes, both trucks use a car platform, but Hyundai’s vehicle will keep its compact bodywork. What’s more, Honda’s pickup sports four-door crew cab configuration, which you won’t find here.
However, the most important part of the pickup is its off-road capabilities. Well, we have no intention to exaggerate, but aside of the all-wheel drive system, you won’t find any off-road kit with the 2019 Santa Cruz. Hyundai’s whole idea is to build a “crossover truck” that doesn’t mind on the pickup basic use at all. No, you find here impressive payload or class-leading towing, yet the vehicle offers a modern styling and invaluable comfort.
The information is still pretty scattered, so we can’t really know how god or bad will be the interior. However, we are sure that the carmaker plans to load it with the best possible equipment. The unibody pickup truck will likely get the latest infotainment system with a big screen, as well as a unique entertainment system. Of course, they won’t miss the chance to add plenty of active safety features as well.
Under the hood, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz will offer several amazing engines. Concept’s impressive turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder will definitely stay one of the options. The oil-burner is capable of delivering up to 190 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, which is pretty impressive. As for the gasoline options, the truck will most probably get either a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a little bit more potent turbocharged 2.0 mill. Who knows, maybe the carmaker add both options. After all, some rumors suggest that the truck might get some kind of hybrid. This means that the gasoline engines could be coupled with an electric motor. In any case, the base model will use front-wheel drive, while the higher trims should get a standard all-wheel drive layout.
Official Debut and Price
The original plan is that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz comes in North America first, and we don’t know any better place from the 2018 NAIAS for the official debut. As for the price, it should be around $25,000.