Hyundai Santa Cruz Plans to Join Midsize Pickup Party

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Hyundai will soon officially step into the midsize pickup truck segment. The automaker will reportedly bring the crowd-pleasing Santa Cruz pickup concept to market. But we’ll have to wait a bit for it. It won’t likely arrive until 2018 as a 2019 model.

The news comes via Motor Trend which heard it from Hyundai America’s Chief Dave Zuchowski. He says final design tweaks are being made and an official announcement will come soon.

Here’s what we know. It will be a car-based pickup, like the Honda Ridgeline. As such, it will sit on the Tucson crossover platform.

The original concept debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. There will be some tweaks, but the production model should stay true to the design idea.

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We don’t know the powertrain yet, but the concept carried a 2.0-liter diesel engine under the hood good for 190-horses and 300 pound-feet of torque. If it does end up with a diesel, it would be Hyundai’s first diesel engine here in the states.

Of course, one of the design features that makes the crossover so unique is its drawer-like sliding truck bed. The tailgate essentially pulls out to make the bed longer without compromising a fully enclosed bed. Hopefully, this interesting feature will make it into the final design.

Hyundai estimates it could sell upwards of 50,000 Santa Cruz pickups a year. It’s a bit early yet for pricing info, but estimates price it in $25,000 ballpark with the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, and aforementioned Honda Ridgeline.

Photo Credit: Hyundai
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