Hyundai’s concept pickup truck has been approved for production. The car manufacturer introduced the concept version two years ago while the production models should arrive sometime during next year as the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz. This so-called crossover truck will be available in U.S. without any doubt because the North American public simply loves the truck, and what’s more, this “El Camino” style knocked down everyone in 2015 and will do it again when the production model arrives.
The reason we believe in Santa Cruz’s success lies down in a fact that the Korean car manufacturer has no intention to change anything at all. Yes, the production model will look and behave just as the concept. The only difference will happen under the hood because Hyundai plans to offer several engine options for the 2019 Santa Cruz truck.
Aside it will look cool and outlandish, the urban truck will offer a number of features, which will make it competitive even with today’s mid-size pickup. That’s due to an increasing telescoping rear section, which achieves almost mid-size cargo space. The smooth and sexy exterior styling with an attractive front end and big wheels is something that U.S. buyers can’t resist, while a high sitting from the ground could bring some off-road excitement, though the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be basically an on-road truck.
The cab will definitely make room for the latest technologies and some interesting design. The truck will probably feature either two-tone upholstery or some contrast stitching. Hyundai will definitely try its luck with a tablet-like center touchscreen mounted atop the dash and perhaps with an 8.0-inch retractable head-up display screen, which will be in charge of navigation, active safety information, and audio. Of course, the manufacturer won’t skip the chance to add Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto compatibility, as well as 4G Wi-Fi connectivity.
The main rival of the upcoming 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be Honda’s Ridgeline car-like truck. Now, since the Japanese pickup uses a 3.5-liter V6 280 hp and 262 lb-ft strong engine, the Korean carmaker will have to offer something that’s able to compete with those figures. They will likely rely on a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The unit is really efficient, especially in a pair with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
However, the manufacturer might also give a chance to a diesel option, which was used for the concept. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel makes 190 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough for this kind of vehicle. If everything goes according to plan, Hyundai will definitely offer a hybrid model a year after. Of course, all options will be mated to all-wheel drive.