You could boil three years of coverage on the Hyundai Santa Fe pickup to a question mark. The "crossover truck" debuted at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, then got swallowed in the executive turmoil at Hyundai Motor America. Reuters reported last year that the Santa Cruz would finally arrive by 2020 as part of the South Korean carmaker's push into SUVs. Motor Trend recently spoke to Brian Smith, the COO at HMA, and got a crucial detail on the eventual truck. Forget about the sleek, two-door concept
Hyundai Santa Cruz
It will be based on the Santa Cruz concept.
Hyundai has laid the groundwork to take the Santa Cruz pickup from concept to reality. Now all it needs is the green light from the head office in South Korea.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz unibody pickup might share its platform with the latest Tucson and the upcoming 2017 Elantra. The next-gen Equus also could get a turbocharged engine under its larger body.
Hyundai Motor America's CEO thinks that the Santa Cruz pickup is months away from getting a green light for production from company headquarters in South Korea. A compact crossover might also be nearing production.
Hyundai is seriously contemplating putting a pickup into production after a strong reaction to the Santa Cruz truck concept in Detroit. Although, one exec admits there are still some complications to deal worth before putting it on sale.
Hyundai's HCD-15 Santa Cruz concept confirmed that the company is keeping an eye on America's pickup market. But how likely is the Korean automaker to get into the game?
Hyundai has introduced the HCD-15 Santa Cruz at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, signaling the brand's desire to enter America's fierce truck market.