Hyundai’s Santa Cruz concept a dream bakkie
THE Santa Cruz concept, which Hyundai showed at the Detroit Auto Show, will give bakkie lovers in South Africa heart palpitations.
Even more so considering that this amount of technical detail available for the concept — like central locking diff — suggests it is ready for production.
Hyundai said their designers did not set out to make a workhorse with this doublecab. Instead they created a bakkie to meet the specific needs of “urban adventurers”.
The rear doors open from the C-pillar to make it easy for three passengers to get onto the rear bench. Tie-down cleats on the wheel arches, roof, and bed rails makes securing any type of load easy. The load bed is also expandable and can be easily reconfigured for longer cargo, using a unique drawer-like sliding function.
Under the hood a 2,0-litre turbo diesel powertrain delivers good fuel economy, using an all-wheel drive system.
While the concept looks big and menacing, its overall footprint is similar to a small cross-over vehicle, making it easy to park in spots any other pickup in America has to pass by.
A Hyundai bakkie we want in South Africa, the Santa Cruz concept, which seems ready for production.