Hyundai’s Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept was one of the biggest surprises from the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and according to the company it reflects a new interpretation of truck utility for a new generation of buyers.
As you can see, the design of the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept is absolutely impressive and the front view features the well-known hexagonal grille featuring cascading lines, dual lens-free honeycombed headlamp projectors and prominent LED fog lamps.
From the side, we can easily see the oversized wheels wrapped in Michelin tires with a special tread design and the yellow Brembo brake calipers. The rear-hinged rear doors are perfectly integrated with the front door design, while the wheel arches, roof and bed rails offer convenient tie-down cleats, which are perfect for securing cargo of all shapes.
At the rear, there is an expandable bed that can be easily reconfigured for longer cargo as well as some stylish taillights and tailpipes. Under the hood, there is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that develops 190 hp and 300 lb-ft of torqr, capable to return a fuel economy of 30 mpg.
The new Hyundai Santa Cruz doesn’t dwell on the same traits as conventional pickups, as it aims to cater to the specific demands of Urban Adventurers. Hyundai designed the Santa Cruz to cater to the demand of these customers for efficiency, maneuverability and expression. To convey these attributes, designers gave the vehicle a bold design defined by an aggressive side-profile rake and a wide, sure-footed stance.
Up front, the new Santa Cruz is marked by an upright, hexagonal grille with cascading lines framing its sides. The grille is flanked by dual lens-free, honeycombed headlamp projectors and by prominent LED fog lamps. On the sides, the Santa Cruz is distinguished by oversized wheels shod in Michelin tires with a special tread design. These are complemented by center-locking hubs as well as yellow Brembo brake calipers.
To allow easier access to the rear cabin, the new Santa Cruz comes with rear-hinged rear doors integrated seamlessly with the front door design. Likewise, tie-down cleats are found on the wheel arches, roof, and bed rails to secure. The Santa Cruz also features highly-contoured bed forms as well as an expandable bed that can be reconfigured for longer cargo, thanks to its drawer-like sliding function.
The new Hyundai Santa Cruz is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that delivers 190 hp of max output as well as 300 lb.-ft. of peak torque. At the same time, this engine allows the concept to return a respectable fuel economy in the high 30 mpg range. It comes available with Hyundai's HTRAC All-wheel drive system.
Despite its compact character with a footprint similar to a CUV, the new Santa Cruz has four doors with the capacity to accommodate five occupants. Its compact nature proves perfect for urban driving and tight parking spot maneuvering.
While the new Santa Cruz offers CUV-like driving attributes, it is also very versatile thanks to its cargo bed with separated storage for different types of items like surfing board, paddleboard or mountain bikes. This means that any cargo or gear is kept separate from the passenger compartment no matter how the trip goes.