Hyundai told us that it wouldn’t be until the turn of the century before we would see the Hyundai Santa Cruz being sent to dealers. They also said that the design of the vehicle is almost ready but that right now it isn’t the time to launch it.
Hyundai are finalizing the production version and we think that we may get to see the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz at the 2016 LA Auto Show or the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
We don’t think that the proportions or the shape is going to change on the Hyundai Santa Cruz, however the car maker may decide to smooth some of the lines out so that the look is easier on the eye, before it goes into production.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz was announced very close to the second generation of the Honda Ridgeline and when it arrives we are expecting it to take on the Subaru Outback along with the Honda HR-V and the crossover based on the Ram 1500.
What we don’t expect to see is the Hyundai Santa Cruz being able to double up as a medium workhorse the same as the Honda Ridgeline, it may be a pickup but it is actually more along the lines of being a crossover with a bed than the Ridgeline.