With world premiere on April 15, Hyundai Santa Cruz had the first sketches revealed by the Korean brand in the USA, a market where the product will have its greatest demand.
Derived from the New Tucson, the monobloc pickup will be a not-so-declared competitor to Fiat Toro and Ford Maverick. The reason is that it bets more on a mixed function of merging crossover and pickup into a single vehicle, functioning more like a leisure car.
With expressive design, Hyundai Santa Cruz partly shares the style of the New Tucson, thus having LED lights integrated into the engine grille. The headlights are off in the images released, but will be in separate bodies.
Hyundai Santa Cruz has multifaceted lines on the sides and very wide C columns, reinforcing the vehicle’s robustness proposal, also expanding the bucket area with the inclination of the referred columns.
At the rear, the lanterns form a “T” in LED, in a horizontal position and extended over the lid of the cargo bucket, which still comes with the name “Santa Cruz” in low relief.
The bumper draws attention because it is very functional, using steps in the central part and at the ends, in addition to the plate support. The stylized alloy wheels also draw attention.
Manufactured in Montgomery, Alabama, Hyundai Santa Cruz will serve North American markets and should be exported to Latin America as well, since there is no forecast for production in another region of the Americas.
However, it must also be done in South Korea, from where it can reach Brazil. If the production of the New Tucson is done by CAOA in Anápolis-GO, the chances of Santa Cruz around here increase.
In the USA, Hyundai Santa Cruz should arrive with a 2.5 GDI Smartstream engine with 190 horsepower and 24.6 kgfm. In export markets, the brand must use the Smartstream 1.6 T-GDI with 177 horses or D2.0 CRDi with 186 horses. It will have a dual-clutch or automatic transmission, as well as an AWD option.
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