When it comes to pickup trucks, a name Hyundai doesn’t immediately open to mind. That’s because a Korean firm’s Santa Cruz truck was one of a many startling judgment vehicles of final year. And now it appears Hyundai wants to put it into production.
“Our timing is not channel a fingers and watchful for approval, it’s perplexing to figure out when we’re going to announce it,” Hyundai U.S. trainer Dave Zuchowski told Australia’s Motoring in an talk during a 2016 Detroit Auto Show. He indicated a U.S. marketplace will be a priority, that creates sense, given that sales of trucks have always been stronger here than anywhere else.
And it’s a quite good time for midsize trucks like a Santa Cruz. The shred was passed only a integrate of years ago, yet redesigned models including a Toyota Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins have reanimated it, and buyers seem to be responding. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline also debuted in Detroit, and would expected be a Santa Cruz’s many proceed rival.
Like a Honda, a Santa Cruz judgment is formed on a car-like unibody. It was designed some-more as an choice to crossovers rather than a proceed aspirant to normal body-on-frame trucks. This construction yields refinements in areas like float peculiarity and reduces weight, yet during a responsibility of towing ability and off-road ability. It’s not unheard of for consumers to trade crossovers for trucks, though, so this proceed might work for Hyundai.
When it debuted during a 2015 Detroit Auto Show, a Santa Cruz judgment packaged a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine with 190 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, that Hyundai pronounced was able of fuel economy in a “high 30-mpg range.” It also used a HTRAC all-wheel expostulate complement from Hyundai’s prolongation cars and crossovers. If that package translates to production, a Santa Cruz will really be some-more gentle on highway than off.
But that’s substantially a idea. When it launched a judgment final year, Hyundai pronounced a Santa Cruz was dictated for millennial “Urban Adventurers.” Those aren’t standard pickup buyers, and either they’ll punch is as large of a poser as either Hyundai can lift off a prolongation lorry in a initial place.