Hyundai Santa Cruz Spied During Winter Test

by Feb 4, 2020All News, Hyundai, Spy Shots2 comments

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We’ve got the first winter testing spy shots of the all new Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup prototype. The heavy disguised Pickup prototype from Hyundai has been caught testing in Korea before, but this is the first time that we see the heavy disguised Pickup testing in Europe thanks to SB-Medien.

Update: Spy pictures are taken in the Artic Circle. The Hyundai Santa Cruz reveals a massive grill and huge wheels with a very modern design.

What we know so far?

Only a extended wheelbase Tucson prototype were caught during Hyundai Motor Group R&D Motor Show with GX codename, thanks to SHM, but according to the sources, this pickup codename is NX4 (the same as Tucson) with the addition of the letters OB, so “NX4 OB”.

We have continued asking and we discovered that this pick up were already showed on latest Hyundai U.S Dealer Convention on its final form (on-site), so the design is already finished.

According to the head of Hyundai’s Global Design Center in Namyang, South Korea the production model will feature an updated design. As SangYup Lee explained, the upcoming pickup will be “a lot more distinctive” and have “a lot more character” than the well-received concept car.

So, where’s the proof that the pickup is already being tested? We have reached the conclusion that this pickup is being secretly tested at Hyundai’s Proving Ground at California City, near Los Angeles, probably one of the best places to test a pickup preveting that someone spied up close, and test mule should appear probably on the road soon.

Also Hyundai Motor and its affiliates are in the process of updating the lines and supply lines of the Alabama plant, as the company has decided to produce Hyundai’s next generation Tucson (codenamed NX4) earlier 2020, while pick-up derivative launch for late 2020.

Information indicates that the Pickup will have a 2.5-liter engine, with a hybrid option and will be a four-door ‘lifestyle’ pickup with a monocoque chassis. Its target market will be millennials, which Hyundai describes as ‘a new generation of buyers’ in its press release.

As for what the pickup will look like, that remains to be seen, but Hyundai used the photos of the concept Santa Cruz for its production announcement, which would lead one to believe that the upcoming truck will pretty much resemble its prototype.

What do you expect about this pick-up?

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.


  1. Al

    Looks like there are two fuel filler doors covered in the pictures. Is this going to be a plug in hybrid vehicle?

  2. vbondjr1

    Meh, it’s alright I guess. Hyundai has done a lot of really nice stuff but I feel like they’re holding back. Being that Hyundai is now a more premium mainstream brand, Hyundai can afford to build vehicles to compete with the likes of the Toyota Tacoma/Nissan Frontier, the Explorer ST, the Q60 Red Sport, the Q50 Red Sport, the Upcoming Subaru STI, Alpha Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio, Stelvio Quadrifoglio and vehicles like that while the Genesis line should compete with vehicles such as the BMW M3/M4, BMW M8 coupe and grand coupe, X6M, X5M, Audi RS5, RS6, RS7, RS-Q8, S8, Mercedes C63, S63, E63, GLE63, Porsche 718, Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Panamera. Notice nearly all of these vehicles are rear wheel drive based with all wheel drive. Granted the cars don’t have to match horsepower and everything else but they need to be in the same playing field, just costing thousands of dollars less without skimping out and being cheap. There should still be some FWD vehicles but mostly everything should be rear wheel drive based with optional all wheel drive



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