The Korean Hyundai Motors is having a very ambitious plan for years ahead, as the new moves are on the line. After sedans and some great and stylish SUVs being released, this automobile giant is turning to a pickup truck. The 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz has entered into the production phase and should hit the market next year.
Santa Cruz is new and stylish pickup and it will compete with likes of Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. Moreover, it has been said that the Santa Cruz will share a platform with famous Tucson.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Design Changes
While everything is in a phase of development, some rumors are leaked. Like mentioned, Santa Cruz will use a body architecture of company’s compact crossover, Tucson. Changes are very likely, as the final version is still one year away from seeing a daylight.
Since the company plans to release Santa Cruz firstly for Australian car market, a right-hand drive is expected. It is also expected that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz will come with numerous of trims. A dual-cab configuration with all-wheel drive is a probable outcome.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior
Speaking of the interior, no information has been provided to this date. However, some amenities like leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and a new infotainment system. We also expect great safety in this model like anti-lock brakes, airbags and rearview camera and traction control.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Engine Rumors
This pickup truck could use an engine from its sibling, Hyundai Santa Fe. It is a 3.3-liter power unit, that can produce up to 285 horses. With this performances, the all-new Santa Cruz will hit a 60mph in a little less than 8.2 seconds. But as we said, Santa Cruz will probably hit the Australian market first. Before reaching the US, we can expect a diesel engine as well. The biggest favorite is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.
While the torque should be great with over 300 lb-ft of torque, it will be short of horsepower compared to the 3.3-liter unit. It is also speculated that the Hyundai Santa Cruz will come with a good fuel economy, as this is the segment where Korean manufacturer has worked the most.
2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Release Date and Price
The first information was that this pickup truck will come out as a 2018 model. This model faces the delay for around two years. If everything went according to plan, next year is the nearest possible date for Hyundai Santa Cruz. At this stage, everything is a big “if”, but this pickup got a green light, and that is the most important.
So, if we see Santa Cruz firstly release in Australia in 2019, we can expect it in the US to come in 2020. The price is another unknown thing about Santa Cruz pickup, but some sources claim that the starting price will be somewhere around $25,000. As we mentioned at the Ford Ranger will come as the biggest competitor for 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz. This pickup will be the right choice for the people who need a spacious truck with futuristic design.