You probably remember the Santa Cruz concept that Hyundai brought to Detroit in early 2015. It is the first pickup truck of Hyundai to win the Concept Truck of the Year Award in 2015. Two years has gone by, but we’ve yet to see a production version of the Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz concept is the first pickup truck of Hyundai to win the Concept Truck of the Year Award in 2015
Finally, what must be, must be. Yesterday, Michael J. O’Brien - Hyundai Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning in the US declared that the company would launch a pickup truck in the US market.
O’Brien revealed that no matter what its name is, the forthcoming pickup would be similar in design to the Santa Cruz concept. Not only that, it’s also believed that the new pickup will likely share underpinnings with the compact crossover Tucson.
The forthcoming pickup would be similar in design to the Santa Cruz concept
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Speculations suggest the Hyundai’s pickup will make its way next year as a 2019 model. In the meantime, Hyundai is also planning to introduce its new Tucson in 2020, following the facelifted Santa Fe which is expected to come in 2019. If all goes well, Hyundai dealers in the US will absolutely delighted.
The Hyundai’s pickup will make its way next year as a 2019 model
"We are optimistic about the future," said the Chief Executive of Hyundai of New Port Richey, Florida – the Hyundai's biggest dealership in the US. Latest updates on upcoming Hyundai cars can be found in our Complete guide to the Hyundai Philippines' local lineup.
Know more about Hyundai Santa Fe 2023
The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe is a seven-seater midsize crossover. It assumes a front-engine, front-wheel drive layout. Locally, the new Santa Fe’s sole variant is the GLS 2.2R CRDi DCT, which is priced at Php 2,420,000.
Size-wise, the Philippine-spec Santa Fe is 4,785mm long, 1,900mm wide, and 1,710mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,765mm, and a ground clearance of 176mm.
Under the hood of the Hyundai Santa Fe is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel mill that can produce up to 200 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Locally, the Hyundai Santa Fe competes against the likes of the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-8, Jeep Cherokee, etc.
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