This Hyundai Creta bakkie render gives us an idea of what a subcompact pick-up from the South Korean brand would look like. The render takes the predominant features of the current Creta and applies it to the cues of the recently revealed Santa Cruz.
Penned by KDesign, the Hyundai Creta bakkie adopts the headlamp cluster, grille, foglamps and anti-scuff plates of the crossover at the front. The profile and rear keeps things true to the Santa Cruz with the door lines, indentations, plastic wheel cladding, taillamps and tailgate all being sourced from the North American SUV-based pick-up. Bold Creta badging and the Hyundai logo has been applied to the tailgate to add distinctiveness.
The idea of a Hyundai Creta bakkie is an interesting one. Should one ever be made, it would likely compete against the Brazilian exclusive Renault Duster Oroch. While the naturally aspirated 1,5-litre four-cylinder engine with the IVT may not be the most ideal powertrain for a subcompact bakkie, the Creta’s turbodiesel 1,5-litre four-cylinder or turbocharged 1,4-litre four-cylinder petrol engines could be a suitable source of power. These engines deliver power to the fronts via a six-speed torque converter and seven-speed dual-clutch respectively.
While it’s unlikely that the Hyundai Creta bakkie will ever become a reality, the South Korean brand’s Indian arm recently revealed a seven-seater configuration for the crossover with the Alcazar moniker. This new product adopts the Creta’s platform and stretches it out to improve on cabin packaging. Given the increase in wheelbase, perhaps this would be a better suitor for a possible compact SUV-based bakkie?
Currently, the all-new Hyundai Santa Cruz is the only pick-up offered by Hyundai but it will remain a North American exclusive. A ladder-frame product from the South Korean brand aimed at the global market is expected to be revealed fairly soon with some rumours suggesting that it will be one of the most powerful double cab bakkies to enter certain markets thanks to a 3,0-litre six-cylinder turbodiesel mill currently found in the Genesis GV80.