Hyundai has released the first teaser sketch of its highly anticipated Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle ahead of its April 15 World Premiere. The four-door compact pickup will be built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama alongside the Santa Fe SUV and the two are likely to share engines and other components. Santa Cruz enters the soon-to-be crowded small pickup market boasting a highly maneuverable all-wheel drive unibody platform, slick car-like styling and an open cargo bed focused more on hauling bulky adventure gear than heavy payloads.

“Santa Cruz, with its bold styling, breaks open all-new segment territory, both for Hyundai and the industry as a whole. Open-bed flexibility coupled with closed-cabin security meets the changing everyday needs of its adventure-oriented buyers, while powerful and efficient engines and superb maneuverability ensure it is a pleasure to drive in urban or off-road environments. Our customers will wonder just how they managed before owning one,” said Jose Munoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America.