The Hyundai Santa Cruz bakkie’s design has changed quite a bit since its initial concept was revealed in 2015. As we reported earlier this week, the new North American bakkie had a long production path due to a number of circumstances. Here’s how the final product has evolved since its initial sketch-up.
With it being based on a Tucson, the front sees the most dramatic change as the unibody bakkie’s face has been adapted to the modern design language with a much larger grille that integrates the headlamps. Foglamps retain the same position but they have been enlarged. The anti-scuff plate on the concept is a bit more roughed while the production model adopts a modern touch.
At the side, the Hyundai Santa Cruz’s production model is notably less dramatic with the rear carriage doors having been swopped out for more conventional ones. The dynamic line on the front door’s hinge area has been simplified as well. The shape of the windows, lower door pattern and integrated sports bar however, managed to make it onto the final design. Plastic wheel arches on the final design are a bit more conventional too, with the chrome-finished trimmings being removed.
Parts of the rear section on the production model are more dramatic such as the T-design taillamps and Santa Cruz branding on the tailgate. On the concept, exhaust tailpipes are integrated in the bumper design. The production model also boasts more plastic cladding at the lower area. Like the front, the concept’s rear boasts a more prominent anti-scuff plate. Lines along the rear bumper and tailgate are more flamboyant on the pre-production design, as well.
Unfortunately there are no pictures of the concept’s interior so changes to the cabin design cannot be accurately compared.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been handed a number of renders based inspired by camouflaged testing units that had been spotted over the few years as well. This a testament that the South Korean bakkie’s design has been a major talking point for many enthusiasts.