According to the latest reports, we could say that the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz is almost ready for release. After years of speculations, it looks like the new truck if finally coming. The segment of small trucks is getting more and more popular and the Korean manufacturer sees a good opportunity to make more money. According to the latest studies, Hyundai should at least 50.000 units per year.

Interestingly, this will be a car-based pickup. This isn’t a new thing in the automotive industry. Many carmakers tried with such a design approach, but a small number of them has become successful. Practically, the only successful pickup with such design these days is Honda Ridgeline, but a few more carmakers will offer similar vehicles soon. Therefore, the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will definitely enter a competitive segment. Expect to see it by the end of the year.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz front

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will ride on a unibody platform!?

The platform is definitely the most intriguing aspect of the new model. As you probably know, the Korean manufacturer has no truck or classic SUV in the offer. All of its models are based on a unibody platform. Therefore, we have no doubt that the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will feature the same design. It will be heavily based on the new Santa Fe crossover, which has been completely redesigned just a couple of months ago. Two models share many parts, not just in terms of mechanics, but in terms of aesthetics as well. Such platform design will bring several benefits, but a couple of drawbacks as well.

The first thing that comes to mind is a more comfortable ride. Such design will also provide better handling and driving dynamics, as well as the overall efficiency. On the other side, don’t count on any spectacular working capabilities. Count on lower towing and payload capacities. Same goes for off-road performances.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz Design

In terms of base design characteristics, this will be a mid-size pickup. As we’ve just mentioned, it will ride on a unibody platform, so count on a lot of comfort. Many experts would criticize such design because of lower working capabilities, but the fact is that most truck drivers rarely put their vehicles to limits. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will share most of its characteristics with the recently redesigned Santa Fe. In terms of the exterior design, this means pretty much the same front end, which is based on the company’s latest design language, which is characterized by the sharper and cleaner approach.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz side view

The rest of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup will come in a typical manner for these vehicles. Considering that this will be a unibody truck, single-row cabs definitely won’t be in the offer. It will come with just double/crew cab design in the offer, with two spacious rows of seating, with a large cabin in favor of cargo bed.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior

As we’ve just mentioned, only two-row version will be in the offer, when it comes to 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz. In practice, this means similar cabin layout as in the Santa Fe, especially when it comes to the dashboard design. The dash should be pretty much identical. The recent redesign has brought a lot of improvements in terms of interior quality. Count on the same three-level dashboard, which is completely made of soft-touch materials. Even the center console features pretty high quality. The seats in the Santa Fe are quite massive and supporting, so we hope that the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will come with same ones.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz Features

When it comes to the standard equipment, we count on a lot of tech goodies. Base models probably won’t feature a touchscreen, but the rest of the range should come equipped with a display sensitive on touch. A great thing is that all models will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. Of course, higher trim levels will bring a better sound system, navigation and all other kinds of goodies.

In terms of safety features, count on a full load already in most basic models. This includes advanced systems like forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go capability, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert and many more.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz rear

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz Engine

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz should come with a familiar V6 engine under the hood. It is a 3.3-liter engine that delivers around 290 horsepower. Some reports also suggest a hybrid version in the future, though we are still waiting to hear something from the officials.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz Release Date and Price

Latest reports suggest we should see the new truck by the end of the year. When it comes to the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz price, base models will probably go around 30.000 dollars.

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