It’s no secret that the Korean manufacturer has big plans with the new pickup truck. Hyundai’s first vehicle of this kind could arrive already in a year or two and we are already getting reports about a variety of versions that should be in the offer. Among them, there is also the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz N. According to the latest reports, the Korean manufacturer is also about to offer a hi-performance version of the new pickup truck, which will come not only with upgrades under the hood but in many aspects as well.
Considering that this model will carry the famous N badge, we expect nothing less than great performances from this version. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the engine. According to the latest reports, the Korean carmaker wants to offer a truck that would be a direct rival to the Ford Ranger Raptor and for that cause, it would need a lot of power. Therefore, it will probably feature the new 2.0-liter turbo-four, the same one that can be found in the new i30, which is good for about 300 horsepower. With such amount of horsepower, there’s no doubt that the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz N will be a pretty capable performer, with 0-60 time under seven seconds.
2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Details
Of course, the new model will be based on the standard version of the upcoming truck. Still, we are about to see all those typical upgrades that characterize all performance models. As we expect to see a capable off-roader, we presume that the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz N will come with additional chassis reinforcements, as well as with a completely new suspension. Besides new suspension components, we also count on higher ground clearance and various visual upgrades, including new wheels, bumpers and all other things that will accentuate the model’s off-road character.
Despite all these updates, base design characteristics of the Santa Cruz N will be pretty much the same as on standard models. The Korean manufacturer is developing its first pickup truck and it is about to come with some pretty interesting design solutions. First of all, we should say that this won’t be a traditional pickup truck. Instead of classical body-on-frame architecture, the new model will ride on a car-like, unibody platform.
This design approach has both good and bad sides. First of all, such truck won’t be as capable as traditional BoF models. The towing capacity will be significantly lower, as well as payload capacity. On the other side, the biggest advantage is comfort and overall driving characteristics, as such vehicle handles far better and acts as a modern crossover on the road.
According to the latest reports, Hyundai plans to offer the new truck in a variety of version. It looks like different cab designs will be in the offer, both with single and two rows of seats. Also, the same reports suggest various powertrain options, including a diesel engine.
2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Release Date
The new truck is still in an early stage of development. So, we don’t expect to see it on the market soon. Most likely, both 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz N and the rest of the lineup will arrive in about two years.