Hyundai Motor America President Dave Zuchowsk has all but confirmed a production version of the Santa Cruz concept and it appears Kia could receive its own variant.
Citing a company insider, Motoring is reporting Kia will offer a pickup if Hyundai decides to build a production version of the Santa Cruz concept. As the source told the publication, “You can guarantee that if Hyundai builds the Santa Cruz, we will have our own."
The insider went on to say Kia has been watching the truck market for some time and has observed how popular trucks are with a number of different consumers. The source also noted he believes the Kia variant would be very successful.
Originally unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the Hyundai Santa Cruz concept was an instant hit as it featured a winning combination of sporty styling and useful practicality.
Designed primarily as a lifestyle vehicle, the production model is expected to be based on the same platform that underpins the Tucson. Engine options could carryover from the crossover and include a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 175 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. There have also been rumors about a diesel variant as the concept used a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produced 190 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.