2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz: A new generation of the compact pickup

For everyone who thinks that a 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz is too good to be true, this compact pickup truck will hit the roads quite soon. The proof for that is Dave Zuchowski’s announcement; the president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said: “It’s a decision and not an announcement.” Judging by the images new Santa Cruz will be one of the kind. However, the bigger question is how it will turn up since the images are simply of a concept.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz

Urban Compact Pickup

This is the tagline which this upcoming 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz will target at. Other than the neon green accents, few other features will change. As a matter of fact, this model does look quite above the ordinary even compared to Ford Raptor standards.

Falling more in line with a 2018 Honda Ridgeline, this is a car up front with a pickup bed behind. The big trapezoidal grille looks chic but not better than the headlights. Drawn by design specialist Peter Schreyer, whose images somehow got released before Hyundai showed off this concept, buyers will get the same headlights without a doubt.

Shaped up front as a crossover, air intakes and front fender gives this model a distinctly urban façade. Unlike other pickups which come with stronger lines, this model has curves which instead come inside towards the body. The rear end houses a set of lights which anyone would rather imagine behind a crossover – this is the essential point for this Hyundai Santa Cruz 2019. Adding extra details such as the follow-ups on the rear exhausts add up quite nicely.

Speculations, well-placed ones, say that this model will come with both single and dual cab configurations. Coming to the bed size, it will be kept small to avoid increasing the wheelbase. All else remains to be seen, but there are very few things which the manufacturers can get wrong.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz rear view

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Engine Specs

Power does not just mean fitting the best possible engine to run 4 wheels. There’s no point in pumping this upcoming 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz with a V8. But that is just where latest news packs a punch.

A 4-cylinder diesel turbocharged 2.0-liter engine should be the first option under the hood. The output of this diesel are 190 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque.

As for a gasoline option, a 2.4 L turbocharged 4-cylinder will be up for grabs. Including a V6 into this setup is quite impossible given that this is not going to be a monster.

A 6-speed auto gearbox with added manual options will obviously come with this model. Separate 2WD and AWD drivetrains will be available. In short, this model will come with sprightly city performance and enough lugging power.

Price and Release Date

For buyers lining up looking for interior specs, this is no point to imagine what this model is going to have inside. Patience is a virtue and all else would start a rumor. But this 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz falls in a sub-$30,000 category and it will definitely hit the roads by 2019.

2 Responses to “2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz: A new generation of the compact pickup”
  1. Mary Freeman April 6, 2017
  2. MICHAEL SCHUPP December 12, 2017

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