Could This Be Hyundai's Upcoming Pickup Truck?

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It sure looks like it.

Hyundai is currently working on a compact pickup truck that will be produced at the Korean automaker's Montgomery, Alabama plant. Rumored to use the Santa Cruz name, the truck is not expected to arrive until 2021 but we've already seen spy shots of a prototype testing in the snow. Thus far, the spy shots have been our best look at the Santa Cruz but a new leaked image on Instagram could give us an even clearer look at the compact truck.

The photo appears to show the side profile of a body shell for the Santa Cruz sans wheels, windows, lights, suspension, and front end. Even without these components in place, we now have a better idea for the truck's overall shape and design.

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For starters, we can now see the downward-sloping C-pillar that debuted on the Santa Cruz concept a number of years ago. We can also see several creased angles on the door, which are similar to the recently-revealed Hyundai Elantra. In terms of size, we expect the Santa Cruz to have similar dimensions as the Hyundai Tucson, meaning it will be much smaller than even the smallest pickup trucks from Ford, GM, Nissan, and Toyota.

Hyundai has previously stated it wants to build a more urban-oriented truck, which is why the Santa Cruz will likely have a small bed that looks to be about four feet in length.

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We still don't know what will power the Santa Cruz but the upcoming 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's set to appear in the Sonata N-Line seems like a viable engine. This engine is expected to produce around 290 horsepower and could be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. With an expected arrival in 2021, we may get more details about the Santa Cruz before 2020 is over.

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