We've known for some time – make that several years - that Hyundai is preparing a pickup truck. Yesterday, the Korean automaker shared four real-deal official images of the Santa Cruz. They’re dark images, of course, designed to create an air of mystery and not reveal too much ahead of the model’s official launch on April 15. It also means that further small adjustments are likely for the vehicle. But still, we're starting to get a very good idea of what the Santa Cruz will look like.
And what that look is, well, we’re getting what the concept indicated all that time ago, that is to say a Honda Ridgeline-type truck, a vehicle more oriented towards outdoors enthusiasms than heavy-duty work. In fact, Hyundai isn't even talking it up as being a pickup truck, but rather a Sport Adventure Vehicle.
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We'll resist the temptation to help introduce a new name to describe what remains a pickup truck, but it gives you an idea of the model's vocation and the way its makers envision it. The Santa Cruz is built on a unibody structure, but its size seems a bit more compact than the Ridgeline's. We'll have to see when we can get our eyes on the model as it sits alongside others.