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Will Hyundai Santa Cruz cargo bed attract crossover buyers?

Motor vehicle-dependent pickups have a colourful but slight background in the U.S., from the once-ubiquitous...

Motor vehicle-dependent pickups have a colourful but slight background in the U.S., from the once-ubiquitous Chevrolet El Camino to the brief-lived Dodge Rampage and specialized niche Subaru Brat and Subaru Baja. But automakers these as Hyundai continue being intrigued with the formulation.

When the original Santa Cruz principle was presented at the 2015 Detroit car show, it was embraced by an car fanatic community that tends to favor offbeat vehicles that never make it to output — or provide inadequately when they do.

Hyundai wished to stay away from that lure.

The principle had an extended cab with doorways that open backward and a incredibly constrained 2nd row. But a completely working again seat was regarded necessary by solution planners.

Even so, planners had to hold out until eventually the Tucson was redesigned on a greater system just before producing the Santa Cruz along with the crossover.

“When the principle was shown, the 2nd row was significantly more compact than the car or truck you have just before you now,” Castillo said in the course of a solution presentation previous week. “And it was as a result of our exploration that we recognized that if we ongoing down that route, we ended up significantly compromising the volume likely.”

The base engine for the Santa Cruz is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 191 hp and 181 pound-toes of torque. The optional 2.5-liter turbo motor is believed at 281 hp and 311 pound-toes of torque.

Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel generate is offered with equally engines. Towing ability for the base motor with fwd is rated at 3,500 lbs .. That rises to 5,000 lbs . for the turbocharged engine with awd.

In styling and specs, the Santa Cruz shares much with the Tucson and even the midsize Santa Fe. But Hyundai whipped up the very best things of its well known crossover lineup, included an open mattress and designed nonetheless a different crossover variant to increase to its steady.

“The Santa Cruz’s unconventional type will attraction to unconventional truck potential buyers,” said Karl Brauer, govt publisher at CarExpert.com. “That is a excellent factor because it really is not meant to transform existing truck clients.

“Rather,” he included, “Hyundai will target on energetic-life style consumers trying to find at ease, simple-to-generate weekday transportation just before they load up their bikes or kayaks or mountaineering equipment for a weekend outing.”