Hyundai’s first ute is just around the corner.

Speaking with British outlet Autocar, new Hyundai designer Luc Donckerwolke says a production version of the 2015 Santa Cruz concept will be put into production “as soon as possible”.

“From my side [design] it is finished, the process to put it into production is now underway,” he reportedly said.

Rather than taking on full-sized North American pick-ups such as the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado, the model is likely to be a smaller rival to the likes of Ford’s Ranger.

The ute is likely to be sold in a large number of markets around the world, including Australia.

It will be one of the first Hyundai models signed off by Donckerwolke, who shifted from a role at luxury spinoff Genesis to a position overseeing design at Hyundai, Kia and Genesis.

The Belgian stylist is responsible for several sharp-looking cars including Lamborghini’s Gallardo and Murcielago, the Audi A2 compact car and R8 Le Mans racer and a 2015 Bentley concept car which went on to become the new Continental GT.

Source: Drive

December 4, 2018