I confess to having a blast in a Ram Power Wagon that can increase and over practically anything. And I breathed deep the very first time I was swaddled in leather in a Ford F-150 King Ranch. I likewise kind of love the new tailgate on the GMC Sierra.
But in routine driving, knowing I will remain in stop-start traffic every day, and sharing freeways with those who don’t like to use turn signals, a large pickup can be daunting– and that is before attempting to park it.
I understand the resurgence of the midsize pickup: utility of a bed, however not as frightening to drive. I want to take it even one step further and make the sacrilegious transfer to a unibody truck since I want carlike ride and handling, but I could use a pickup bed.
2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz Rumors
The only option on the marketplace today is the Honda Ridgeline, but I want to hold back and wait for the Hyundai Santa Cruz. I first saw the concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and have been bothering Hyundai execs for news of its production since. I do not want to say it is taking a long time. However, my hope has outlasted numerous of the execs I asked. Some who said it is ago is now a “went” and no longer works for the company.
The current intel is that the four-door Santa Cruz that seats five and would be based on the Tucson compact crossover could end up being a truth next year.
Past-CEO Dave Zuchowski, who pressed hard for it, stated the truck was greenlighted in 2016 to show up in 2018 as a 2019 model. That deadline has come and gone. Then COO Brian Smith stated we were taking a look at 2020 to be in showrooms.
It won’t have the diesel that remained in the original concept, but a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine would work. I am hoping it has available all-wheel drive and adequate towing capacity for a small boat.
2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz Design
What has me most thrilled is that SangYup Lee, head of the Hyundai Global Design Center, states the appearance has progressed to much better fit with Hyundai’s most recent models. Which is an excellent thing because Hyundai design is off the charts these days– take a look at the most recent Sonata.
Lee says the new style has been secured and is more distinct, with more character. The suicide doors might not have endured. Ideally, the short bed that can be extended is still in play.
And it needs to be cost-effective. The initial goal was a way of life pickup that began about $25,000. The target price most likely has inched up a couple of thousand, but if it has the capability, size, and looks I need, it will be a deal and a conversation starter.