Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup confirmed

James Riswick
Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup confirmed

The Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup was confirmed for production today, perhaps in an effort to get ahead of next week's L.A. Auto Show news wave. Hyundai also announced its first truck for the North American market will be built, starting in 2021, in its assembly plant in Montgomery, Ala. Doing so will require a $410 million expansion of the facility, which currently builds the Sonata and Elantra. Like the Honda Ridgeline, Hyundai confirmed that the Santa Cruz will be a unibody pickup, going so far as even dubbing it a "crossover." In the words of the press release, "Santa Cruz is for those who want all the traditional attributes of a compact utility vehicle, but need the day-to-day versatility of an open bed.