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Hyundai Floats Compact Truck Concept

January 20, 2015

Photo of Santa Cruz crossover truck concept courtesy of Hyundai.
Photo of Santa Cruz crossover truck concept courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai revealed a compact truck concept vehicle designed for urban settings that includes an extendable bed that would give the truck a similar size to a mid-size pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept, which has been designed in the U.S., is designed to provide greater maneuverability in city driving and parking, as well as greater utility for hauling payload.

The vehicle features an upright, hexagonal grille with cascading lines framing the sides, dual lens-free, honeycombed headlamp projectors, and prominent LED fog lamps. The truck also is being shown with oversized wheels, Michelin tires with a special tread design, center-locking hubs and yellow Brembo brake calipers, according to Hyundai.

The truck's most notable feature is an expandable bed that can be reconfigured for longer cargo using a drawer-like sliding function.

The truck is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel that provides 190 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. With this powertrain, it can achieve "fuel economy in the high 30 mpg range," according to a Hyundai release.

Comments

  1. 1. DrLou [ January 20, 2015 @ 05:06PM ]

    Toyota made it's debut of the A-BAT compact pickup truck at the 2008 NAIAS in Detroit, but never brought it market. Ford made its debut of the compact Bronco Concept at the 2004 NY Auto show, but never brought it to market. My question is will Hyundai bring the Santa Cruz compact diesel pickup to market or is this just another great idea that will never make it to market?

 

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