Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up really happening… though still dual years away

The Hyundai Santa Cruz pick-up suggested during a Detroit Motor Show behind in 2015 is still dual years divided from production, with a company’s American executives observant they’re still “working on it any day”.

While it is accepted Hyundai is also beavering divided on a genuine mid-size ute, something to act as a genuine opposition to a Toyota HiLux, a association is still energetically available a attainment of a “lifestyle” pick-up that was suggested during a Detroit Motor Show.

But that car, while green-lit, is still dual years away, carrying been transposed on a build reserve by a brand’s ever-growing SUV family.

“This marketplace is a lorry market, so we would adore some-more product. We have a outrageous marketplace for trucks,” says Hyundai’s North America CEO, Brian Smith. “And there’s a outrageous marketplace for tiny pick-up trucks, we only would like us to have one soon.

“Every association is strapped for resources, and we’re prioritising a many critical models for any market. (But) a Santa Cruz is being worked on any day. We don’t have any organisation dates, times or pricing.

“What’s sparkling about it is that we have a event to do something that isn’t being finished right now.”

While a Santa Cruz is sealed in for a USA debut, it’s formerly been comprehensively ruled out for Australia, with Hyundai’s former COO, Scott Grant, revelation CarsGuide in 2017; “I can give we a discerning answer: there is no devise for Australia for a Santa Cruz ute.”

But wish is not mislaid for a Hyundai ute Down Under. The Australian company’s requests for a genuine HiLux opposition is accepted to be an ongoing project.

“We’ve been holding about it for a series of years now, and HMC (Hyundai Motor Corporation) has been listening, though not indispensably holding a lot of movement due to priorities in other markets and other developments and so forth,” Mr Grant said, behind in 2017.

“About 12 to 18 months ago, HMC began study about building a light blurb car for a partial of a market, as good as for what North America likes. And you’ve seen a developments in North America (the Santa Cruz).

“Our marketplace module is still in development. We’re assured of carrying something on a other side of 2020. But there’s no central launch devise during this moment.”

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