[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:9px;”]According to Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America’s CEO, the U.S. Hyundai team expects the Santa Cruz to be approved by the Korean mother ship this November. The positive public reaction to the Santa Cruz helped Hyundai America build the case, and the automaker’s shifting of several manufacturing facilities from building cars to building crossovers will help carve out the necessary production capacity. “The pickup is under consideration and could get the green light in November.” he added.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz will use the 2016 Tucson platform. Will be available with all-wheel drive as well as a five seat configuration. Engine line-up would presumably carryover but one insider said a diesel engine is also under consideration.
Hyundai Motor America director of product planning Scott Margason wouldn’t go into specifics but told the publication “We would not be starting from scratch with this vehicle, that is fair to say.” He also noted the company would save one to two years worth of development by basing the truck on an existing model.
While the Hyundai Santa Cruz hasn’t officially been green-lighted, a final decision is expected by the end of the summer.
News Source: [Car&Driver]