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Remember the Hyundai Santa Cruz concept from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show? Upon its debut, Hyundai stated that there were no concrete plans to put the chunky-looking crossover/pick-up hybrid into production. Now, it would appear as though things are swaying towards the production side of things as the Korean automaker has expressed its interest in producing a pick-up truck.

According to Hyundai R&D director, Park Byung-cheol, the Hyundai Santa Cruz concept received “good response” at the Detroit show. With that said, he told Reuters that there were several “hurdles” to overcome till we can finally see a pick-up truck from Hyundai – Byung-cheol refused to elaborate further.

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The Hyundai Santa Cruz concept was developed as an exercise to gauge interest amongst what Hyundai deems as the most important market audience, the millennials. The crossover/pick-up boasts futuristic styling cues courtesy of its fluorescent green-yellow highlights on a silver body and massive 22-inch wheels.

Under the bonnet, a (seemingly production-ready) 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine is employed. The mill pumps out a total of 190 hp and 406 Nm of torque – power gets transferred to all four corners via a HTRAC all-wheel drive system. In this state of tune, fuel consumption figures are quoted at 12.8 km/litre.