U.S. automakers may have nearly abandoned the sedan segment, but trucks and SUVs remain the cream of the crop. However, General Motors and the Chevrolet Colorado will soon face a new pickup truck in the segment.
Hyundai confirmed it has fast-tracked a pickup truck for production, and it will likely launch in 2020, according to a Monday report from Autocar. Luc Donckerwolke, the new Chief Design Officer at Hyundai Motor Group, said the truck will launch “as soon as possible” and the final design has been completed. The process to put the pickup into production is now underway, he added.
Expect the truck to mirror the 2015 Santa Cruze pickup truck concept from the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The concept truck was sized similarly to the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s more than likely we’ll see a production Hyundai pickup take on the mid-size truck segment.
The concept packed a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque that returned estimated fuel economy figures in the high 30 mpg range. But, don’t expect a platform to compete with the Colorado directly. Base versions of the pickup will likely send power to the front wheels, while all-wheel drive will be optional. Consider the Santa Cruz more akin to the Honda Ridgeline, but sized to compete with the best from GM and Ford.
The Hyundai pickup could also give way to a Kia version, the brand said. However, such a vehicle isn’t likely until Kia shores up its SUV and crossover portfolio, executives said in the report. Both Hyundai and Kia plan to launch full-size crossover SUVs in the months to come in the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade. Both will give the Traverse and Enclave a run for their money.