Hyundai has launched the production of the first ever serial pickup called Santa Cruz. However, the Koreans themselves prefer to call the novelty Sport Adventure Vehicle. The machine is assembled at a plant in Alabama (USA). According to Motor1, the plant also produces Sonata, Elantra, Santa Fe and Tucson models.
The model is focused primarily on the US market. In this country, sales of the car will begin this summer. Pickup prices have not yet been announced. It is not yet known whether the new product will appear in other countries.
Santa Cruz was built on the basis of the fourth generation Tucson crossover. Externally, the serial pickup differs significantly from the concept car of the same name, presented in 2015. Much more design of the model inherited from Tucson.
The novelty was equipped with a four-door, two-row cab. If desired, the cargo platform can be closed from above with a special sliding cover. The car is equipped with sophisticated frontal optics, which are visually combined with a radiator grille illuminated by diodes.
Under the hood of the pickup, a 2.5-liter aspirated GDI with four cylinders is installed. Engine power is 193 horsepower. The unit works in conjunction with an eight-speed “automatic”. Santa Cruz is also available with a 280 horsepower 2.5-liter T-GDI turbo engine. The engine works in conjunction with a dual-clutch “robot”. The drive is only full.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Hyundai Tucson from the FineAuto team: