Hyundai’s Pickup Could Get A Ranger Raptor-Rivaling Variant

Hyundai has indicated that its forthcoming pickup truck could get a performance version to rival the Ford Ranger Raptor.

The South Korean company’s mid-size pickup truck has been a long time coming and will take design inspiration from the Santa Cruz Concept. Car Sales had the opportunity to speak with Hyundai N boss Albert Biermann about the vehicle and directly asked him if an N model was possible.

“You have to be ready for everything from Hyundai and Kia, everything things is possible. So there’s no limitations,” he said.

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If Hyundai N does get its hands on the pickup truck, it would likely outfit the vehicle with bespoke suspension similar to the race-inspired shocks found on the Ranger Raptor. In addition, it would be logical for the car manufacturer to use its highly-strung 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the i30 N to power the truck with power potentially bumped up to beyond 300 HP.

A few months ago, Hyundai USA vice president of product revealed that the pickup truck will be made somewhere in North America, potentially the U.S.

It has been four-and-a-half years since the Santa Cruz Concept was launched and reports assert the production version could be unveiled in late 2020. If that proves to be the case, then a performance version should be at least one or two more years away.

In the meantime, Biermann said Hyundai N is working on a performance version of the i20, as well as an SUV that’s believed to be based on the Tucson.

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  • Six_Tymes

    I love this concept, its amazing design. stop talking about it, and future possible variants it might offer and get on with it already.

  • PhilMcGraw

    If I were Hyundai I wouldn’t go through with a midsize pickup, but rather I would do a small pickup. There is a market for small pickups but no manufacturer has released one in the US. And the midsize pickups are basically as big as a full size from 10 years ago. The Santa Cruz concept was great because it looked like an actual small pickup that could be bought for around $20k starting.

    They could dominate a market that nobody is in right now and show that there is a demand for smaller trucks.

    • 박상원

      Phil, this should be a small pickup according to US vehicle segmentation. This will be based on the next gen Tucson due next year (2Q20), and hence belong to C-segment size of RVs.

    • bd0007

      Going to be roughly the same size as the next Tucson (as they will share the same platform).

  • Holmer_k

    This is the vehicle I’ve been waiting for. I would suggest that they should either bring the N version out right away or discount the idea altogether if they want their new truck to take off from the start. Having just test driven the Veloster N I would want to wait a bit longer before buying so I could get the N version if they say one is coming later than they bring the standard version out.

  • Bash

    I’m not surprised, every car maker who makes pick up trucks should have a raptor variant. And I’m talking about Toyota, Mitsubishi, Suzuki should make one too.

  • Socarboy

    I wish Hyundai will quit beating this dead horse. They are not building anything remotely resembling the stunning show truck from a few years ago. When the Santa Cruz finally shows up it will be a Honda Ridgeline clone

  • charlotteharry57

    If Hyundai is smart, it’ll wait to see if the SC does any better in the sales dept. than the Ridgeline before planning a “Raptor”. If it remains a true compact, it might. Anything similar in size to, say, a Ranger, and it’s toast.

  • Bo Hanan

    No more “fashion trucks.” Please. Just make a truck that works like a truck.

  • javier

    thing looks like a hot wheels creation, how could you not want it

  • Pesobill

    Sounds like it will be a bigger truck than this 4 year old concept ..Too bad as a smaller say Tucson based pickup would be much better for many of us who need something smaller and cheaper.

    • bd0007

      Will still be about the same size as the Tucson, but the upcoming new model which will likely grow a bit in size to better compete against the larger CR-V and RAV-4.

      Also, by the time this hit production, an N variant would get the new 2.5T.

  • Stephen G

    Not only should the Santa Cruz concept be built as is, but it should also spawn an SUV variant. Customers would be knocking the doors down to get at them.

    • bd0007

      The CUV variant will be the next Tucson – since they will share the same platform.

  • Juan Alvarez

    2022 or 2023 is about the time I’ll need a new vehicle.

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