The Hyundai Santa Cruz concept seems to be on its way into becoming a production model as new details emerged regarding the Korean automaker's crossover utility vehicle.
According to a report by Edmunds, the Santa Cruz will be based on the Tucson and it is expected to have an all-wheel drive powertrain. The production model would have a five seat interior as well as feature ride and handling similar to a crossover SUV. In addition, an industry source shared to Edmunds that a diesel engine is under consideration for the Santa Cruz.
Hyundai Motor America Director of Product Planning Scott Margason said that they would not be “starting from scratch” with the Santa Cruz and added that the company would save one to two years to develop the production model.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz concept was first previewed during the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Hyundai said that the vehicle is designed to meet the desires for expression, efficiency and maneuverability of Millennials.