Hyundai Santa Cruz at the 2015 NAIAS
Treading a new path, Hyundai Motor Company revealed its first ever take on a pick-up truck and a plug-in hybrid vehicle at the 2015 NAIAS.
Catered to fulfil the requirements of the hip and trendy youth, the Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover truck features an aggressive side-profile, an upright hexagonal grille, oversized wheels, and yellow Brembo brake callipers. Suicide doors for the rear don’t only make for great conversations among the mates, but offer ease of access to the rear seats as well.
Mapped to Hyundai’s HTRAC All Wheel Drive system, the Santa Cruz Crossover truck is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo diesel powertrain and is able to generate 190 horsepower and 406 Nm of torque while sipping an approximate 8 litres for every 100 kilometres. Ideal for the urban environment with narrow alleys and tight parking spaces, the Santa Cruz Crossover may well have four doors and seating for five, but its footprint is quite similar to a small CUV.
Much to the delight of tree huggers across the world, Hyundai Motors also displayed its rather advanced Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. With a 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery pack, roughly five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery, the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid benefits from an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometres.
Mated to a six speed automatic transmission, the 2.0 litre four-cylinder GDI engine residing at the heart of the Sonata PHEV produces 154 horsepower and 190 Nm of torque. With the aid of the electric motor, however, the total system output is boosted to a healthy 202 horsepower at 6,000 RPM. As for recharge times, the Korean Plug-in Hybrid sedan requires two and a half hours if topped up at a 240V Level 2 charging station, or five hours if done using a standard 120V outlet.