Remember the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck concept? We won’t fault you if you don’t. The vehicle was unveiled at the 2015North American International Auto Show—eons ago in automotive industry years—and eventually entered the long, long list of ideas that never made it into actual application.
Now, Hyundai says the Santa Cruz is finally heading to a production line. Starting in the year 2021, the Santa Cruz will be built at the Korean car manufacturer’s Montgomery, Alabama production facility in the US alongside the Santa Fe, Sonata, and Elantra. The addition of the Santa Cruz to the lineup will require a $410 million expansion project.
No further details have been provided by the company, but it claims the Santa Cruz will offer everything consumers expect of a modern pickup truck. “It’s the crossover that creates a whole new segment that successfully combines capability and utility to meet the unspoken needs of a new generation of buyers, especially millennials,” Hyundai said in a statement.
This, together with the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show reveal of Hyundai’s mystery SUV concept, could signal a big few years for the brand, at least in the US. Would you like to see the production version of the Hyundai Santa Cruz available here in the Philippines?