Late last year the Hyundai Motor Group’s chief designer let it slip that the Korean automaker had completed styling its upcoming bakkie which is said to be inspired by the Santa Cruz concept. Digital images were released of what this bakkie would possibly look like and it got a few of us excited.

For what reason would a bakkie bound for Australia hold any importance with South Africa? The key here is the design as Australia and South Africa are both right-hand drive markets. By and large, if a standard model is affirmed for presentation Down Under, it’d be stupid to reject an inevitable South African presentation. Additionally, let’s not overlook that bakkie culture in Australia is gigantic much like South Africa.

Designers unmistakably utilized the most recent Santa Clause Fe as a base for his rendering of the new bakkie in spite of early reports recommending it would be nearer identified with the Tucson. Perfectly joining the SUV’s face onto a bakkie body. Round back, the rendering likewise steals the Santa Fe’s taillamps and diffuser-like supplement, while strangely not donning a legitimate bakkie-style rear end.

The 2015 Hyundai Santa Clause Cruz Idea was given the green light for creation in 2017 and we realize that Hyundai and Kia are apparently co-building up a pickup with the aim of invading the worthwhile pickup advertise in the US. While an opponent to the full-size Ford F-150 may be a push excessively far, apparently a medium-sized bakkie to match any semblance of the ever-well known Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger is likely.

More than this, there are gossipy tidbits that Hyundai’s N Division could build up an elite bakkie that would match the Ford Ranger Raptor. There is hypothesis that this N bakkie could highlight the equivalent intense, turbocharged 2.0-liter motor that powers the i30N and could offer as much as 225 kW.

Observe that the creation variant of the Santa Clause Cruz idea – which, in spite of Hyundai saying will be propelled “as quickly as time permits”, is probably going to show up just in 2020 – will highlight a unibody as opposed to stepping stool outline development.

Kia and Hyundai will have impressive and built up restriction in the bakkie space. The Toyota Hilux and Passage Officer are the 2 prevailing players, with the Isuzu D-Max following close behind. The remainder of the fragment is involved by the Volkswagen Amarok, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton to give some examples. Watch this space, the bakkie section is just barely heating up.

By Noni Nchwe