It’s a go for the Korea-based automaker’s continuing plans to expand beyond building traditional sedans, and The Sleuth isn’t one bit surprised. The Santa Cruz (a very cool truck name, by the way) concept that was a surprise hit at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. will apparently form the basis for the actual production version that’s expected for the 2020 model years. As with the successful Honda Ridgeline, the Santa Cruz is expected to arrive with a tool belt’s worth of innovative stowage areas and accessories with the professional as well as urban truckers in mind. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (or some variation on that engine) is expected to provide the necessary grunt, while all-wheel-drive will be available.

A new Hyundai truck will get its inspiration from this Santa Cruz concept vehicle. Expect to see it as a 2019 model. (PHOTO: HYUNDAI)

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