Hyundai says the Santa Cruz pickup concept has received the stamp of approval, but the company will wait for the right time to make a proper announcement.

At last year’s Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai made a big splash with the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept and now the company has green-lighted a production version. Speaking to Australian media in Detroit this week, Hyundai Motor America president and chief executive Dave Zuchowsk, hinted the model is a matter of when, not if.

He went on to specify the model has been confirmed for production, but the company is waiting for a proper moment to make the announcement. Whenever that will happen, Hyundai is going to sell the Santa Cruz not just in United States, but in other countries as well. It’s unclear at this point whether the pickup is being engineered with a right-hand drive layout.

The model is expected to ride on the same platform as the Tucson and could be offered with a turbodiesel engine in United States. If that’s going to be the case, the Santa Cruz will be Hyundai’s first model powered by a diesel engine in United States.

Don’t expect the concept’s exciting design to remain unchanged for the production variant, but hopefully Hyundai will try to keep it as close to the concept as much as possible.


Gallery: Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup production confirmed

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