Emerging news about a production version 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz truck have spawned a lot of debates and stories which are all peculiar. Actually oF all of them are true. But there is some truth within all the assumptions and estimations that people are making.
The Santa Cruz pickup truck should be the first Hyundai based mid-size pickup truck that they are planning for the lifestyle segment.
The concept for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz actually showcased a few years ago at the Detroit Motor Show. Everybody viewed this as Hyundai merely making a study for some of their future vehicles. However, no one actually believes that this idea would really become a production model in the first place.
Now we have more confirmation of them building the crossover truck. So we are ever so exasperated to hear it. And we are puzzled at the same time.
In order for this idea to become true, Hyundai has to figure out many technical things. One of them is the place where they might build this vehicle. They are aiming the US market as their primary foothold. So there are many possibilities that they will make the truck in the plant at Montgomery, Alabama.
This is the primary choice. However there is a possibility that the truck gets to be assembled at the Kia factory in Mexico. There are even talks of them actually making it in Korea and shipping them off to the needed markets, but that is a whole different story.
So as all of these emerging news are actually giving us more things to believe in, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz might actually become a reality before we realize it.
When is the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz expected to Debut?
For now this is probably the part about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz which we have the least of information. They are keeping this a secret and they are merely hinting on the model being built. But we think that they will offer an announcement and at least bring more evidence at the forthcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.
They might not reveal the exact release date. However they will probably make an official announcement of the model so we at least know that it is in production. If things pan out as we hope they would, we will be getting some spy photos soon after that. This will probably result in a release date scheduled for some time on 2019.
Why is the Release of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz so Important?
The addition of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz is an important prospect for the company. Adding the midsize-pickup truck to its range of vehicles would increase the versatility that the company is proposing. In addition, it will allow them to expand.
They are already selling 100,000 units per year. And they have managed to continue the trend for a period of about 10 years already. However the pickup truck segment is the new field. And it would be nice for them to start planning a star model here. Enter the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz.
It could be extremely hard to break into the US market. Only a handful of models have done so. In the past not many models coming from Asia have broken the overtly domestic market of pickup trucks.
The best, and also as some see it the only, example is the Honda Ridgeline which only managed to make a breakthrough with the introduction of the Ridgeline. All past attempts were considered as failures. So making the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz is extremely important for the company and its success will define how the company decides to treat the segment in the future.
Changes for the Design of the Car
The design of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz will mainly be based on the concept vehicle which debuted in 2015. But there are going to be some changes which make this version a production ready car and also a more modern model.
The changes which we think are going to happen include the change from half doors to full-size doors. But the silhouette of the car is going to be kept and the model will have the same kind of a design. As far as the platform goes, we are probably going to see the Santa Cruz ride on the same unibidy platform that the Tuscon model uses. It would be quite good to see this made.
Still no News about the Engine of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz
Probably the part everyone wants to know about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz is the engine. Unfortunately we are not going to get any news right now and these will probably appear after the official announcement is made.
Rumor has it that the company is developing a Genesis-based engine. They also say that this one will be used for the US-spec models. This would probably include a newly developed four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. But we do not know how much power it would hold. For now the information about the specs is still scarce.
If the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz makes its debut according to plans, it will have a tough time in the US market adapting. The midsize pickup segment is not an easy one if we look at what they already have in America. The models that have appeared in recent years cannot be easily disregarded.
Although other Hyundai models have been doing pretty well here, historically speaking lifestyle pickups are not a thing which attract so much attention. One of the few which managed to succeed is the Honda Ridgeline model which has an established basis already.
If Hyundai wants to make an impact with their Santa Cruz model then they have to start thinking about using the formula that has already worked for the brands which are already established. Or if they want to be unique, then be as imaginative as possible in order to trump the other ones.
The road to success is not going to be an easy one for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz as Honda has come out recently with their 2017 Ridgeline update, so the popularity of this car is not dissipating any time soon.
Additionally, Tesla and Mercedes have also confirmed their entrance in the segment with potential vehicles coming out in the near future. This will greatly hamper the progress of the Santa Cruz pickup. So it is perhaps the best time for them to enter the market with their offer.
Expected Price Range for the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz
The potential price of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz should be somewhere around $25,000 as a start. There is still no way to confirm this. But we are basing our estimation on the currently available stats on the market. If the model comes out with an AWD system and all the amenities and the pieces we expect it to have, it is an appropriate price.
It actually makes it a whole 5,000 dollars more expensive compared to the Colorado model. But would make it 5,000 dollars cheaper than the Ridgeline, its primary rival in the segment. Their goal is to sell as much as 50,000 units for starters. With that number increasing for 20,000 units more after that.