Possible Hyundai Truck Prototype Spied, Doesn’t Appear To Be The Santa Cruz

There have been countless rumors about a Hyundai pickup truck ever since the company unveiled the critically acclaimed Santa Cruz concept at the North American International Auto Show in 2015. While the model isn’t expected to go into production until 2020, a possible Hyundai pickup has finally been spotted.

Posted by Almuraba.net, the pictures show a handful of heavily camouflaged prototypes in a parking lot. The images don’t reveal much, but we can see the model is a crew cab pickup with a long hood, sweptback headlights and a relatively rakish windscreen – for a truck at least.

Moving further back, the model has an upward sweeping belt line, a flat roof and a nearly vertical rear window. The bed appears to be pretty accommodating for the truck’s size and it also features an integrated liner.

 

 

As with most trucks, the rear end is relatively plain as the model has vertical taillights and a rear bumper which is nicely integrated into the body.

The truck doesn’t have much in common with the Santa Cruz as the concept was notable for its dynamic bodywork and stylish B-pillar. This prototype looks more like a work truck and this seems to suggest the model isn’t the long awaited Santa Cruz.

While nothing is official, previous reports have suggested Hyundai has been considering two trucks which would be aimed at different audiences. The production version of the Santa Cruz is slated to be a lifestyle model designed to battle the Honda Ridgeline. The second truck, on the other hand, is rumored to be a more traditional model that would compete with the Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux in international markets.

 

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  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    Oh, this could really shake things up! Just don’t price it at 50k$ us.

  • Kaido Alex

    Will it be sold in South Africa?

    • Matt

      How would we know that, we’re technically not even meant to know it exists.

  • Matt

    Looks like a SsangYong Actyon Sports.

    • wintergraan

      Yeah, looks like the new SsangYong pickup truck. But isn’t it called Musso now?

      • Matt

        The Actyon Sports was called Musso in some markets I think. The Actyon and new Musso both share that ugly ‘cut-off’ cab but this definitely looks like the new Musso as mentioned below.

  • david santiago

    This is definitely a Ssangyong Musso. The rear bumper is a dead giveaway. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3af36639fc8ec3175255e63b6d861876f64acc8df6937c701997693a605b719a.jpg

    • Utkarsha Mohan

      So, is Mahindra joining the pickup truck game in the USA?

    • Eythan Aldrich

      the wheels are also matched to the heavy camo

    • Miknik

      As is the greenhouse, or, infact the whole design….

  • Zandit75

    Rear tub seems to be out of proportion to the rest of the vehicle.

  • Galaxium

    This is definitely a Ssangyong truck. The front end gives it away.

  • Randy Terpstra

    Appears to be a variation of Ssangyong Musso pickup. Proportions of box remain rather odd. But note slightly increased length, from rear door cut to wheel opening, compared to 2018 Musso. Also (AFAIK) current Musso pickup is new, having been introduced earlier this year. Is camo hiding different sheet metal? Will a Musso based pickup be sold under a different brand?

  • Jake

    The rear door frame is terrible

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