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How might the SantaCruz rate?

If/when this comes to market, odds are it will share a lot with current Hyundai models, specifically those that share a platform with it and looking at the reviews and using that as a basis for the SantaCruz, its not looking good. Compared to the wider truck market if this keeps up Hyundai might only have a low production truck, maybe similar to Honda's Ridgeline.

But that's just my way to gauge things right now, what does everyone else think?
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I was chatting with the Hyundai staff at the Calgary Auto Show and the Honda Ridgeline is exactly the market which Hyundai is targeting. (Supposedly, the got cold feet when Honda discontinued the Ridgeline and now there is not point in adding it to current platform which will be replaced in less than couple years).

So, think next generation of the Santa Fe XL (which will be longer/wider) with 4 doors and 5' bed as the Santa Cruz (in about '20).

Which is missing the prototype mark (small, nimble, sporty), IMHO.
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So we have another 3 or so years to go is what they said??
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I was chatting with the Hyundai staff at the Calgary Auto Show and the Honda Ridgeline is exactly the market which Hyundai is targeting. (Supposedly, the got cold feet when Honda discontinued the Ridgeline and now there is not point in adding it to current platform which will be replaced in less than couple years).

So, think next generation of the Santa Fe XL (which will be longer/wider) with 4 doors and 5' bed as the Santa Cruz (in about '20).

Which is missing the prototype mark (small, nimble, sporty), IMHO.
Sounds good to me , i won't mind the wait just as long the product is good. Toyota's Tacoma is a great example of what they can learn from, all while avoiding the short comings of the Ridgeline.

Tacoma + Wrangler attributes will position them well.
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If it could take traits off of both, they would have a great chance at succeeding in the mid-sized pickup truck segment. It'll not only be a great road vehicle but it'll also be able to handle the off-road quite well. A nice overall well rounded pickup would position them well.
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If it could take traits off of both, they would have a great chance at succeeding in the mid-sized pickup truck segment. It'll not only be a great road vehicle but it'll also be able to handle the off-road quite well. A nice overall well rounded pickup would position them well.
Yeah, but thats easy to say. All depends on how far they're willing to go on delivering that.

The concept looked well rounded but how a production performs will be the big question. Better not look like a Tacoma and Wrangler rival but not perform the part.
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If it has the looks and doesn't carry the bark to follow that will be highly disappointing. But at the end of the day, they should know better than to put out something like that on a production level so I doubt there's much to worry about, it'll still be capable.
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If it has the looks and doesn't carry the bark to follow that will be highly disappointing. But at the end of the day, they should know better than to put out something like that on a production level so I doubt there's much to worry about, it'll still be capable.
Slowly Hyundai is showing they understand the need for performance and that they understand what buyers really want. Only thing is we haven't seen it on this level, as a light-duty truck.

Whats helping is they have been making small commercial trucks overseas for a long time.
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Thankfully they have something to work off of, and that being said, they'll also have other light trucks being used as benchmarks too
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Hence why there's still a high chance of the SC happening, just a matter of time although Hyundai has been moving slow taking it from concept to test mule and finally production.

Whats not helping is the lack of insight for potential customers like ourselves.
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