That is sooo true. I'm wondering now myself. It might look nothing like the Santa Cruz or it could look very similar. Only with time will we know.I wonder if it will be exactly like the Santa Cruz, or if they will build something that is just a small pickup truck. I'm just wondering how close to the concept this eventual pickup truck will be.
I wonder if it will be exactly like the Santa Cruz, or if they will build something that is just a small pickup truck. I'm just wondering how close to the concept this eventual pickup truck will be.
did you guys even read the article?That is sooo true. I'm wondering now myself. It might look nothing like the Santa Cruz or it could look very similar. Only with time will we know.
Hyundai's pickup at dealers might not look like the Santa Cruz concept, though. The company said the version in Detroit had nothing production-ready about it and even lacked an interior. At the time, a platform still hadn't been decided on, and the brand had several internal design studies underway.
The plan was always for it to have a usable back seat. It is still relatively compact so it should seat four comfortably and five if you need to. If this doesn't come with comfortable 4/5 seating it will fail in the US.Bigger back seat, bigger box, bigger engine...and suddenly, it IS a mid size truck and IS in direct competition with Colorado/Canyon/Frontier/Tacoma; and is seriously lacking as truck.
Hyundai - please leave it as 2+2 When I need to comfortable transport 4/5, I will use something design to just transport people.
The bed on that Colorado is 6 feet long and the SC extends to about the center of the bed. Assuming the SC is about the length of the Tucson which is 173" (I've confirmed this is most likely the case based on the scaling), it is 39" shorter than the 212" Colorado.SC is about 5' shorter than Colorado! - 30" for tire+another 30" behind the rear wheel.
Have you tried sitting in the back of that Colorado? It's too small for a10 year old; yet Chevy/Toyota/Nissan are selling midsized truck like that...
265/40R22 with their interesting tread pattern are great for the show truck; but the 225/50R17 for stock Tuscon are more appropriate to local roads - too many potholes for real low profile tire.
Aside:Sao Paulo Auto Show Ford Raptor Sportage with 215/75R15s had an aggressive look that would look ok on a Santa Cruz...
Hyundai needs to move; or Dodge will bring the Strada in via Fiat and there won't be any market share for Santa Cruz... (Dodge would need an automatic in it for the American market, but they have a 6 spd in the 500L and a 9spd in the 500X).
Don't forget about the extending bed. They seem to be pretty serious about it with securing patents.Yea, that Fiat does not look like a very good design to me. The black plastic everywhere makes it look cheap to me.
As far as the SC goes. It's a good move to give up bed space for seating room. As long as the bed doesn't end up being unusable because its so small.
FYI, the 2016 Tucson is slightly larger:Site here doesn't allow me to edit Was supposed to be 225/60R17 on Tuscon. 245/45R19s would be just as hard on rims - they're ok for Southern California where it never freezes; but up north here; it needs a narrower/taller tire. But it will be the standard size .
Quick look on Wiki: Hyundai Tuscon shares its platform with the Elantra - which last I checked was a sedan. Santa Cruz isn't going to be body on frame; its going to be unibody - which American buyers associate with cars.
Dimensions Fiat Strada Hyundai Tuscon
Wheelbase 107" 103.6"
Length 173.6" 173.6"
Height 65" 66.3"
Width 68.5"* 71.7"
Box Length 46.5"
Box Width 43" between wheel wells
Box Depth 23"
Tailgate Width 53.5"
*74" including mirrors; don't know if Hyundai measures with or without.
So, if Santa Cruz uses Tuscon platform; it will be within couple inches of Fiat Strada on all dimensions - for better/worse
My MTB is 69" nose to tail so fits in Strada's box with the tailgate down/box extender in place. If you took away 6" for increased rear seat room; the bike doesn't fit anymore...
That extended bed makes me nervous...with bed extended and tailgate down, you have some serious over hang. Picture couple average guys sitting on tailgate like that enjoying a frosty one after a day's riding...
Uploaded pic of base model without all the garish plastic. Yes, I prefer look of Santa Cruz, but if Fiat/Dodge have vehicle on lot while Hyundai is still mulling it over; my money will be spent.