Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

DETROIT -- Hyundai has built a pickup truck. Crazy right? The Korean brand isn't exactly the first marque that most think about when looking for a truck, but the Santa Cruz concept is proof that the automaker is at least thinking about diving into this space.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

The automaker states that the concept is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that is good for 190 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is estimated to be in the "high 30 mpg range."

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

The Santa Cruz also offers Hyundai's HTRAC all-wheel drive system, a useful addition for the sort of muddy/dirty/snowy situations that pickup trucks often find themselves in.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

From nose to tail, the Santa Cruz looks about as long as Hyundai's Tucson crossover. That sort of compactness in a four-seat pickup doesn't leave a whole lot of space for the bed.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

For those times when the Santa Cruz needs to accommodate longer items, the rear tailgate is able to slide out and rearward -- not unlike a drawer.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

Fully extended, the bed's length is said to be similar to that of a midsize pickup.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

The highly stylized pickup even features tires with unique, futuristic tread patterns. This is pure show-car stuff.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

Hyundai claims that the Santa Cruz offers a blend of the convenience of a compact city crossover and the utility of a small to midsize pickup truck.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

LED headlamps, fogs and taillights are handsome and high-tech elements that I'd like to see on Hyundai's production cars.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

The Fluidic Sculpture design of the automaker's crossovers and SUVs can be observed. The Santa Cruz offers a more aggressive take than anything we've seen this side of the Veloster.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

Tie-downs, tow hooks and mounting rails are hidden and integrated all over the Santa Cruz's body, bed and roof.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

If I were to play the "looks like" game, I'd say that the Santa Cruz's design looks like it would be just as comfortable wearing a Mazda badge. The headlamps and foglight recesses in particular remind me of the new CX-5 and CX-3.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

Lime-green accents and chrome brightwork add variety to the polished metallic body.

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Hyundai Santa Cruz concept

Turbo diesel

HTRAC all-wheel drive

Compact crossover

Extending tailgate

More than meets the eye

Techno tires

Balance and blending

LED illumination

Fluidic Sculpture

Tie-downs and tow hooks

It looks like a...

Lime green highlights

2015 Detroit auto show

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