South Africans call 'em bakkies. In Thailand they are pick-ups. In the USA, cowboys calls theirs a truck and Down Under these wheels are utes. Whatever you call your light commercial vehicle with a load bed, know now the six lcv's below are the purtiest darn good-looking machismo trucks on sale today.
At Nr 1,
the Santa Cruz couble cab coupé concept, shown by Hyundai at the Detroit Auto Show, will give pick-up/ute/bakkie/truck drivers all over the world heart palpitations.
Even more so considering the amount of technical detail listed for the concept — like central
locking diffs — suggests it is ready for production.
Double cab? Yep. There be four doors hidden in them thar sleek lines.
Hyundai said their designers did not set out to make a workhorse with this double cab. Instead they created a bakkie to meet the specific needs of “urban adventurers”. And for city slickers, looks come first, praise be.
The rear doors open from the C-pillar to make it easy for three passengers to get onto the rear bench. Tie-down cleats on the wheel arches, roof, and bed rails makes securing any type of load easy. The load bed is also expandable and can be easily reconfigured for longer cargo, using a unique drawer-like sliding function.
Under the hood a 2,0-litre turbo diesel powertrain delivers good fuel economy, using an all-wheel drive system.
While the concept looks big and menacing, its overall footprint is similar to a small cross-over vehicle, making it easy to park in spots any other pickup in America has to pass by.
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