Hyundai Pick-up: This is how the Ford Ranger opponent comes from Korea

Hyundai actually build your own Pick-up. The Santa Cruz Concept was shown in New York in 2015, series production was originally planned from spring 2021. It seems that interested parties will have to wait a little longer. AUTO-BILD spy photographers have one in Lapland heavily camouflaged Santa Cruz caught testing. The market launch is likely to be delayed until the beginning of 2022. It is still unlikely that he will come to Germany directly.

Double cab instead of two doors

The Santa Cruz pick-up could be based on the big Santa Fe and come with up to 281 hp.

The Erlkönig is still heavily camouflaged and only allows few conclusions to be drawn about the appearance. The Dimensions seem to have grown a bit. Instead of an extended individual cabin, the test vehicle has a much more popular one on the US market Double cabin. Like some competitors, Hyundai could not even offer a single cabin. Otherwise, the Santa Cruz should follow the study, with borrowings from the current design language. Large grill with wide mesh and narrow LED headlights are well set. In addition, the production version seems to adopt the study’s flat C-pillars.

Up to 281 hp and a hybrid would be conceivable

Erlkönig Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup

Double cabins are much more popular than single cabins in the US target market. Hyundai could not even offer that.

There are two conceivable variants of the base. Either the Santa Cruz builds on the Tucson and also takes over its drives. It is more likely, however, that the platform comes from the Santa Fe, which, like the Santa Cruz, is made in Alabama. (Hyundai Santa Fe at AUTO BILD partner with savings of up to 9602 euros!) The engines would then have two 2.5 liter four-cylinder with 194 and 281 hp and the 3.5-liter V6 with 272 hp are conceivable. Both of them too Diesel and hybrid drives could make it into the pickup. Regardless of which base you ultimately choose at Hyundai, all-wheel drive should at least be optional.

Does Kia bring a pick-up too?

And: The rumor keeps coming up that Kia is sharing the development costs for the pick-up with Hyundai. So Kia could also bring a pick-up onto the market. It is not yet known when the Hyundai will start. AUTO BILD is assuming a world premiere at the end of 2021, the market launch will then be accordingly Early 2022 consequences. For now, however, probably only in the USA. Whether Hyundai will bring the Santa Cruz to Germany at some point is open. Here it goes to used Hyundai with guarantee!

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