We’ve been waiting for Hyundai’s first truck for several years and it looks like it is finally going to come as 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup. The market for small trucks lives again. Just in last few years, sales of these vehicles raised that much that pretty much every bigger carmaker is currently considering to include a vehicle of this type in its lineup. There are famous models like Colorado and Ranger, which comes back to the North American market after several years, as well as many other models. Considering that more than a half of vehicles sold in North America go on trucks, this Hyundai’s move was expected.
Still, the new 2019 Santa Cruz Pickup will come with few interesting details. First of all, it will follow Honda’s design philosophy when it comes to the platform. Additionally, we are about to see a diesel engine in the offer.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup platform
This will be something completely new from the Korean giant. For the first time, this manufacturer will offer a pickup truck. Company’s management has finally realized what huge potential this kind of vehicle has. So, after few years of development, the new model is finally ready for the launch. According to latest reports, a completely new pickup truck is ready for launch, which should happen in the second half of the year. This new model will have a lot to offer. Unlike most of the trucks, it won’t ride on the classic truck-ish platform. It will use the same unibody architecture as Tucson. Although unusual design solution, this isn’t something completely new. We have already seen this design in the famous Honda Ridgeline, which is currently in the second generation. Still, Hyundai will have some new things to offer.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup perfect balance
The 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup will be a pickup truck that will offer a perfect balance between comfort and utility. As we mentioned, this model won’t feature body-on-frame platform, but modern unibody chassis. This means new truck from Korea is going to be a direct rival to the excellent Honda Ridgeline. The new model will be based on Tucson crossover. The means same mechanics, as well as a design language.
Speaking of the body style, we know for sure that some kind of a double-cab configuration is going to come. Two rows of seats, four doors – that’s the shortest description of the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup. The general idea is to provide a highly versatile pickup. A car-like will provide much better comfort and driving characteristics, compared to the classic truck. On the other side, expect a little bit lower performances when it comes to utility.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup engine
This is definitely one of the most interesting aspects of the new 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup. We all know that large heavy-duty trucks often use a diesel engine for better towing capacity. Still, this isn’t a common thing when it comes to mid-size and compact pickups. In this aspect, the new truck from Hyundai will be unconventional. Even it North America, this model will feature a diesel engine in the base offer. The company develops a new oil-burner which should be the main engine for the new premium Genesis model, in Europe. So, some inline-four with turbo and displacement of 2 liters will find its place under the hood of 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup as well. Still, this doesn’t mean that gasoline engines will be excluded from the offer.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup release date and price
As we already mentioned, we expect 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup to hit the market somewhere in the second half of the year. Base models should go around 25.000 dollars, roughly. Speaking of competition, we are pretty sure that the will be the Ridgeline’s new arch rival.