Hyundai Pickup Gets Glimmer Of Hope, Equus May Go Turbo

While it still doesn’t technically have a green light for production from headquarters yet, rumors over the last few weeks suggest that the Hyundai Santa Cruz is all but certain to arrive in showrooms eventually. Now, we might be getting a hint about which of the company’s models that the unibody truck might share underpinnings with.

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According to Auto World News, the platform from the 2016 Tucson and upcoming 2017 Elantra is a potential choice for the pickup. “We’re always looking for efficiencies,” said an unnamed Hyundai product planner to the website. “If you look at how well the Santa Cruz was received, it certainly helps make the case.” An earlier rumor also hinted the truck might be the automaker’s first diesel-powered model in the US.

Meanwhile at the top of the brand’s lineup, the next-generation Equus may see some significant changes. “Like much of that segment, it’s fair to say you can expect the Equus will expand,” the product planner said. Underneath the larger hood, a turbocharged powerplant is reportedly being considered. Given the development of a twin-turbo V6 from Hyundai with around 420 horsepower, that part of the rumor certainly makes some sense. A 10-speed automatic might also be offered eventually.

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