KIA to release their version of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup

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Thanks to the American’s love for a good pickup, Kia have been looking toward a pickup model for quite some time, they had the KCV4 Mojave concept in 2004 and the Soulster in 2009.

2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz release date

Sources close to the manufacturer are adamant that if Hyundai put the Santa Cruz into production, they (Kia) will absolutely release a pickup variant of it, perhaps as the SUV Kia Sportage. The Korean manufacturer did look at releasing a model lie this before, but they felt that gas prices were too high so took the choice not too. However, gas prices seem a little more favorable again now, so it’s quite possible that pickups from Hyundai and Kia will arrive by the end of 2017.

Release date: late 2017

The alliance of Hyundai-Kia is expected to release at least one pickup before the end of 2017, although no official statement has been released, we expect to see the Santa Cruz soon. The Korean manufacturers are looking to introduce a double-cab pickup, but not to compete with the utilitarian work trucks like the Toyota Hilux or the Mitsubishi L200.

2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz redesign

The concept of the Hyundai Santa Cruz was well received by the visitors at the Detroit show, so much so, that it was approved for production by David Zuchowski, President of Hyundai Motors America, although no official announcement has yet been made.
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2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz first diesel engine

Under the hood of the all-wheel drive concept car is a 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine, producing 193 BHP and 300 lb/ft of torque, this will be the first such car in the U.S. made by Hyundai that will use diesel.

2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz video review

2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz engines specs

According to inside information, the platform, engines and gearboxes from the Tucson crossover will be used, this should mean that the options will be:
Turbocharged 1.6 T-GDI 177 BHP 195 lb/ft
Normally aspirated 1.6 GDI 132 BHP 118 lb/ft
Nu 2.0 MPI 150 BHP 141 lb/ft
Turbocharged 2.0 Diesel 185 BHP 295 lb/ft
All engines will be coupled to a 6-speed transmission, available in manual or full auto.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Cruz pictures

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The new concept pickup from Hyundai will likely to appear in production line of the brand, with modified design.

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