Hyundai's forthcoming lifestyle pickup is a stunner.
It's been a minute since Hyundai first unveiled the compact Santa Cruz pickup truck concept to the world. Actually, more than a minute, if we're honest; the sharp, stylish concept was first revealed all the way back in 2015.
But at long last, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is officially making its way to production, riding on the Hyundai Tucson's compact, unibody platform. Expected to go on sale for the 2021 model year, the production Santa Cruz has been kind enough to pose for a few spy photos, and more recently, a full body shell, sans drivetrain, front fascia, and rolling gear, was spotted.
It's from that sighting that we now get these Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup renderings.
Provided by a new video from AtchaCars on YouTube, these renderings did have to take some liberties, filling in the blanks when it comes to the new truck's fascias, wheels, and kicker panels, for example. But the unique triangular cut trailing from the leading edge of the front door is 100 percent based in reality, having been a prominent feature on the bare body shell spotted this week.
The overall character of the sculpture hasn't changed much from the original 2015 concept, although many of the concept's gentle bends have been replaced by hard, angular creases, and it looks overall less sci-fi concept, and more ready-for-production.
Were the Hyundai Santa Cruz to launch tomorrow, it would emerge into a sparsely populated segment, the Honda Ridgeline its only real competition in the US unibody truck segment. But that segment of the market might be set to see an explosion of offerings in the coming years, as both Ford and Fiat Chrysler are thought to be working on their own small, car-based pickup truck offerings.
But whether or not either of those unibody pickups will be able to hold a candle to the Hyundai Santa Cruz in terms of design - that remains to be seen.