Already confirmed for production.

We were already aware that Hyundai’s first pickup is a matter of when, not if, and now we have more information on when the model will debut. The vehicle was already confirmed for production and, according to a new report, it won’t arrive before the end of the decade.

As confirmed by Scott Grant, chief operating officer of Hyundai Australia, the car won’t make its global premiere “anything this side of 2020.” However, he also explained he is receiving positive messages from South Korea regarding the pickup’s future.

“We’ve got a planning horizon in place where they’re looking at the vehicle quite seriously, but there is yet to be a commitment to produce,” he said. But I believe that’s different to where we’ve been in the past. In the past we’ve been proposing, [the response has been] ‘yes thanks for information, we will consider’, to now being a ‘yes, there’s a similar requirement in other markets’, so we’re working towards something. I can’t confirm what or when, but it’s a slightly different message. Not any time soon but it’s starting to feel like there’s some movement.”

Previous reports suggested the vehicle, previewed by the Santa Cruz concept, will be based on the Tucson SUV and will feature all-wheel drive and a five seat interior. As one would expect, engine options will be carried over from the Tucson, as well as some components from the interior.

The pickup could become the first Hyundai model to be offered with a diesel engine in the United States. More markets are also planned, including Australia and some European countries.

Source: Car Advice

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