The Hyundai Santa Cruz concept first appeared back in 2015, and it didn’t take long for Hyundai to confirm plans for a production version. The question was: How long would it take for the cool little crossover-based pickup truck to go on sale? More than three years later, it has yet to appear on dealer lots, but according to the latest report, Hyundai’s working hard to make it happen.
Autocar recently spoke with Luc Donckerwolke, Hyundai’s newly promoted head of design, and learned that the design work is officially done. “From my side, it is finished,” said Donckerwolke. “The process to put it into production is now underway.” When asked how long it would take for the Santa Cruz to finally go on sale, he said, “as soon as possible.”
Donckerwolke may not have named a specific date, but it’s encouraging to hear the design is done. Originally, the Santa Cruz was supposed to go on sale this year as a 2019 model. But when declining car sales forced Dave Zuchowski out as CEO, the project temporarily stalled out.
Most likely, we’ll only have to wait until 2020 for it to launch as a 2021 model. That means it also shouldn’t be long before we begin seeing camouflaged prototypes out testing.
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