Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept Gets The Green Light, Santa Fe Replacement Due In 2019

Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of corporate and product planning has confirmed executives have given the green light to a production version of the popular Santa Cruz concept.

Speaking with Reuters, Michael J. O’Brien confirmed the pickup will be offered in the United States but declined to say when it will arrive. While that’s slightly disappointing, the announcement is big news for Hyundai as it will become the company’s first foray into the highly competitive truck market in the United States.

Little is known about the truck at this point but the Santa Cruz concept was positioned as a lifestyle vehicle similar to the Honda Ridgeline. If the production model takes the same approach, it will have to battle the Ridgeline as well as more traditional competitors such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier.

Besides talking about the truck, the report says Hyundai will introduce a redesigned version of the Santa Fe Sport next year. It will reportedly be joined by an all-new seven-seat crossover which will replace the Santa Fe in early 2019. Further down the road, a redesigned Tucson is expected in 2020.

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  • I’mCallingYouOut
    • clueless economist

      Yep. Take my money already Hyundai. But if it shows up with four doors, then I may not be interested.

      • I’mCallingYouOut

        This thing is going to print money.

  • Six_Tymes

    make it look exactly like this, and it will be their biggest seller.

  • Blade t

    Looks great ,but production model will look nothing like it…

  • ediotsavant

    The production truck may mimic the front and back, but not the sides. Those rear suicide doors will have to make way for conventional doors.


    • pjl35


      • SCREW OFF.

  • bd

    Not exactly going to battle the Ridgeline (which is larger), much less the BoF pick-ups.

  • john1168

    That concept looks great! If it’s a uni-body truck, the production version will keep the great looking B pillar. Does anyone out there know why the B pillar will stay?

  • Dennis James

    Just build a car looking like this and enjoy the sales, Hyundai.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Fantastic news. Please keep it true to the concept, Hyundai.

  • Craig

    An amazingly good looking truck!

  • TheHake

    I’ll have one thanks!!!

  • OdysseyTag

    Nice concept for a lifestyle vehicle but I suspect only the front end will make it to production.

    1. The cab needs to be separated at the B / C-Pillar if it’s going to do battle with traditional mid-sized pick-ups (unless it’s going to be a unibody build like the Chevy Ute).

    2. Taillights would need to be put to the sides / corners for when the tailgate is left open due to an extended load.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Looks cool and I hope it looks like that in production….likely not but, it could happen! :p)

  • Juan Alvarez

    This thing isn’t coming to market, they’re just teasing us.

  • Daniel

    Two years are not so long when you’re waiting for something that’s really worth it. I waited for the 2015 Hyundai Sonata a few months, and It didn’t disappoint me, but now that I sold it with car-liquidation’s help I really might need something new, perhaps a pickup would be great!

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