From the floor of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show to today, this one has been a long time coming. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – November 13, 2019 Santa Cruz Concept At the 2015 Detroit International Auto Show, Hyundai revealed its Santa Cruz Pickup Truck Concept designed for a new generation of buyers. Hyundai Santa Cruz To Be Built in Montgomery Hyundai just announced that the Santa Cruz compact pickup will join the Santa Fe SUV and the Sonata and Elantra sedans at Hyundai’s U.S. automotive assembly plant in Montgomery, starting in 2021. The Santa Cruz was introduced as a concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as described above. The plant will require a $410 million expansion to support the addition of the vehicle. This includes additional space in the stamping, welding and parts processing areas of the manufacturing complex. Direct employment will increase by 200 jobs and local suppliers and logistics companies who support HMMA are projected to employ an additional 1,000 people in Montgomery and the River Region. The Santa Cruz was designed with an upright, hexagonal grille, dual lens-free, honeycombed headlamp projectors, and LED fogs. The side profile is highlighted by oversized wheels. For ease of access to the rear seats, Santa Cruz features rear suicide doors which integrate seamlessly with the front door design. The wheel arches, roof, and bed rails offer convenient tie-down cleats for securing cargo of all shapes and sizes. Out back, the expandable bed can be easily reconfigured for longer cargo, using a unique drawer-like sliding function. When fully extended, the bed length is similar to a mid-size pickup, providing the ability to carry much more than its compact footprint would suggest. What was not revealed was if a 2.0L turbo diesel will be located under the hood. I doubt it and expect a std. 1.6L GDI-T instead. For good reason actually given the increase in gas engine thermodynamic efficiency over the past 5-years.