Hyundai Has ‘Many Different Possible Options’ For A Larger Pickup
The next Santa Cruz is widely regarded as Hyundai’s first pickup, but that’s not true. Mainly sold here in South Korea, the Porter (aka H-100 in some areas) has been around since the late 1970s and takes the form of a rear-wheel drive cab truck linked to the Kia Bongo.
In other words, Hyundai has significant expertise in workhorse development, although the Santa Cruz is more of a lifestyle vehicle than a full-fledged utility model. For something more practical, a larger pickup could occur in the following years, as the company has “many possible options for the future.” The reveal was made by SangYup Lee, head of global design at Hyundai, in an interview with the Australian magazine Which car.
He’s actually not the first high-ranking Hyundai official to talk about the possibility of a bigger truck positioned over the next Santa Cruz. Earlier this year, global head of research and development at Hyundai, Albert Biermann, hinted that a one-ton truck could receive the company’s newly developed inline-six diesel in the Genesis GV80. . The luxury SUV is available in select markets with a 3.0-liter rated at 278 horsepower (207 kilowatts) and 434 pound-feet (588 Newton-meters) of torque.
“This engine, we can have so many applications. As you know, we also manufacture commercial vehicles, so this engine will be available for a while.
Your guess is as good as ours about the stylistic direction of a bigger truck, but Hyundai’s design team has been on a roll lately in terms of originality. The Tucson-based Santa Cruz is going to look pretty interesting judging by recent spy shots, and we also have to remember the Creta STC unveiled in 2016.
In the photo, the Creta Sport Truck Concept was also small and was designed with the South American market in mind. Much like the Santa Cruz will be based on a crossover, the STC started out as a Creta before being lengthened and widened to accommodate the bed. He also explored the idea of a lifestyle-focused unibody truck with a touch of sportiness in the same vein as the Santa Cruz.
A bigger pickup would likely ditch the car-like monocoque and go for a sturdy ladder frame setup, although SangYup Lee said Which car he would like a combination of the two – “I visualize the ute as having the front end as a unibody versus a frame part at the rear.”