If looks could kill then 2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pick up may well be guilty even before its release for being a stunner. For this mid size pick-up truck sports the look of a classy SUV and also of an off-road pick-up vehicle. The Korean carmaker though prefer calling it a utility vehicle and look determined to send message across all markets that it is fully dedicated to build pick-up trucks. Having already created enough buzz at 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai must also be wary of few disaster stories like Chevrolet Avalanche and Honda Ridgeline.
Interior and exterior
Starting with exteriors 2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pick up has more to it than just the appearance of part SUV and part pick-up truck. The front fascia is lot different from any other pick-up truck available in market. Hexagonal grille design has been crafted to perfection which looks even better with Hyundai’s logo fitted on it. Well chambered LED headlamps are likely to be slightly slanted for spreading wide beam in the dark; fog lamps though look smaller in size and scores fairly for its unusual design. Large alloy wheels have better suspension in the rear and have been designed to maintain decent ground clearance.
Interiors of 2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz have been modeled in such a way that it can satisfy the customer requirement of a 4 door pick-up truck that can accommodate 5 people by extending bed. Through sliding bed, more space can be provided. As Hyundai has time and again maintained that it has prioritized maneuverability on crowded street, therefore not much has been done to beef up interiors. There is definitely lot of modernization in terms of car safety and infotainment features. For example major car interior feature will be operated with touch screen display. Digital gauges and speedometer will be car’s decor for dashboard panel.
2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz has been with 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine that can produce 190 horsepower and has credentials of delivering 300 lb/ft of torque. Although a concept utility, it is essentially meant for urban city condition and not for off-road exploits. However it does have Hyundai HTRAC all-wheel drive system that can add dimension to its engine functionality.
2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz Price
2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz has simply sizzled in every appearance that it made in recent times. But the fact still remains that it is just an experimental project which is yet to get an official approval. Even if we were to assume that it is available in market, it would perhaps have been against Chevrolet Colorado and other trucks in its category, most notably the beastly Ford F 150 Raptor.
Hyundai’s over the top campaigning for 2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz as CUV or Compact Utility Vehicle has enough power and robustness to stand tall. One must also applaud this Korean car maker’s approach to create something out of the box. If at all it rolls out in the market it can surely hold on its own albeit it will not be a cakewalk to do so in a market inundated with old foxes like Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.