The India bound next-gen Hyundai Tucson will also appear in a pickup truck avatar! Yes, you read that right! Pickup trucks are not so common on the Indian roads but we see that this time Hyundai is ready to hit this segment as well. Hyundai Santa Cruz was recently spied testing. The truck was out on the road for a test run where it was captured.

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The truck was showcased as a concept based on the Hyundai Tucson. The Hyundai Santa Cruz was a concept back then but now the production unit looks like a Hyundai family member. This is because it has also got the same Hyundai design language as the other vehicles in the Hyundai portfolio. The front grille of the pickup truck resembles the 2021 Hyundai Tucson and the overall front profile will also remind you of the Tucson only. The composite light setup and the front grille are very much similar to the Tucson! The ORVMs are a bit sleek on this one though!

Hyundai Santa Cruz | Credits: Indian Autos Blog
Hyundai Santa Cruz | Credits: Indian Autos Blog

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The production version may be offered as a lifestyle product, therefore, the most likely buyers are the cab owners. The crew cabs happen to be the most likely segment where this pickup truck would suit the needs. Let’s see how the Hyundai Santa Cruz does when it lands into the market.

Hyundai Santa Cruz | Credits: Indian Autos Blog
Hyundai Santa Cruz | Credits: Indian Autos Blog

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As of what we know till now, the Hyundai Santa Cruz will be powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine will be coupled with an 8-speed automatic DCT. Hyundai is also planning to bring this one as a hybrid too. The Hyundai Santa Cruz will be a left-hand drive only as of now. For India, Hyundai is locally manufacturing the Tucson as of now and we can expect it to hit the dealerships by the second half of 2021.

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