Two weeks before the premiere of the Hyundai Santa Cruz, scheduled for April 15, Autoblog.com released a series of spy photos of the model’s interior. The Santa Cruz, the South Korean brand’s first production pickup, has an interior inspired by the recent Hyundai Tucson, but it hasn’t been without simplifications.
Santa Cruz has an analog dashboard in the pictures instead of a digital one, like the Hyundai Tucson, with a visor above it. Among other differences from the crossover – there is no engine start button, the transmission selector is not push-button and not in the form of a joystick, but standard physical controls on the central tunnel. The publication cites two versions: either the photos show a pickup in the basic configuration, or Hyundai intends to make the Santa Cruz the most utilitarian car.
Suggestions that Santa Cruz will borrow a lot from Tucson is based on the fact that the models have the same platform and similar exterior design. For example, the pickup received the same unusual grille as the Tucson, combined with daytime running lights and a mesh pattern formed by trapezoidal elements.
Hyundai Santa Cruz will be produced in a four-door version with a two-row cab, production will be organized at a plant in Alabama. The main market for the pickup will be the United States of America, where it will be offered with several petrol engine options and probably a hybrid powertrain. The appearance of Santa Cruz outside the US has not yet been reported.