Hyundai to Produce Pickup Truck for American Market

Two years ago at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Hyundai showcased their Santa Cruz concept compact pickup truck, which featured a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. Recently, Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com alerted us to the fact that the company has been given the go-ahead to start building a pickup truck that's going to be based on that concept.

Michael O'Brien, Vice President of Product Planning, told Reuters that U.S. drivers could expect to see a production version of the truck could be on our roads as soon as 2018, as the Santa Cruz exhibits the company's re-dedication to building its portfolio of trucks and crossover SUVs.

There's still a lot to find out about the upcoming Santa Cruz, but most expect that the truck will be outfitted with a conventional gas engine rather than the turbodiesel exhibited in Detroit. We're eagerly anticipating the release of the vehicle's design, as it's still unclear whether the truck will be a car-based small truck or a more traditional pickup body on frame design.

Our dealership at 111 River Road in Puyallup is a convenient drive from the South Hill, Tacoma, Auburn and Federal Way areas.

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