In Korean, the company has confirmed only one plant as the production site for the new truck: this company is in USA. To expand capacity will need investment.
The debut of the concept Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck went to the auto show in Detroit in 2015. In the autumn of 2019, the Korean brand has told the first details about the future novelty. The truck, apparently, decided to leave the name of the show-Kara, and its production intend to establish in the United States in 2021. For the conversion of his American plant, the company will spend more than $ 400 million. At the end of last year, the serial car in the back had already hit the lenses spies, now there are new pictures, and by car slightly less camouflage.
Pictures published Autopostkorea. A pickup truck double cab, and probably a bunk head optics. His grille is not like the one that was in concept five years ago. As reported KoreanCarBlog with reference to representatives of the design center of Hyundai in Korea, apparently the production model will differ significantly from the show car.
As we learned earlier, U.S. dealers have already shown the commodity version of the truck. That is, the design of future innovations Hyundai currently approved and will not change. Previously it was assumed that the public debut of the novelty will take place this year. However, now it is not clear whether the car is “alive” at some dealership or waiting for the online premiere (in connection with the closure and transfer of activities of coronavirus, this format has become much more popular).
According to preliminary data, the closest relative of a pickup truck Santa Cruz – a Tucson SUV new generation (not yet available). The fact that the internal index of the crossover supposedly for NX4, and the future of the truck – for NX4 OB. It is anticipated that Santa Cruz will be equipped with petrol engine volume 2.5 liters, the motor will probably come with an eight “automatic”. In addition, the model can be hybrid version. If it is sold outside the American market, then it is under the hood may turn out to be diesel.
Hyundai hopes that the novelty will primarily interest those who want to get the car with the “attributes of a compact crossover” and the “needs of everyday versatility”. The company explained that the target audience Santa Cruz – the Millennials (people born after 1981).
In the American market the novelty of the Korean brand will have to compete for buyers with the Honda Ridgeline (a pickup truck based on the Pilot crossover). In 2019 he went to the USA with a circulation of 33 334 of the car, which is 9% higher than a year earlier. Another competitor may be Volkswagen Tarok (though in that case, if the German brand will decide to sell this model in North America).
Meanwhile, at the auto show in Los Angeles in the late fall of 2019 Hyundai presented a concept crossover T Vision Plug-in Hybrid. The design of the Tucson SUV the fourth generation will perform based on this prototype. We will remind, he has an unusual grille that is created from the plurality of relief cells: when the crossover is at rest, they are immobile, but after running the motor, these parts are rotated in a predetermined sequence, including by adjusting airflow.