The Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup, which first debuted as a prototype at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, is now available in production form. The automaker company tends to refer to the concept as a "sport adventure vehicle" rather than a "truck."
The Santa Cruz shares the same front end as the 2022 Tucson, with daytime running lights that blend seamlessly into the grille pattern. They are only visible when they are lit. In the bottom corners, there are more stacked lights.
The Santa Cruz has a streamlined front end thanks to its steeply raked A-pillar. The C-pillar is also inclined, rather than being straight, to give it a more complex look. There are some nice details, such as the model's silhouettes at the top of the fender cladding.
The bed on the Santa Cruz has a number of valuable features. It has a 132.3 cm long floor. A section of the bed can also be lifted up to expose concealed storage. Steps at the bumper's corner make it easier to enter the back. Hyundai also claims to be able to extend the bunk.
the interior of the cabin An eight-inch infotainment screen is standard on the Santa Cruz, and it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 10-inch monitor is available as an extra option for buyers. A wireless instrument cluster is also an option for customers. The rear seats fold up to reveal storage cubbies under them for storing items on the inside.
The Santa Cruz will come with standard safety features like forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention warning. As an extra-cost option, buyers can get adaptive cruise control, blind-spot collision avoidance, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance, a blind-spot camera, safe exit assist, surround-view monitor.
A naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is installed on the Santa Cruz. It produces more than 190 horsepower and 244 Nm of torque, according to Hyundai.
The engine is hooked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The Santa Cruz can tow up to 3,500 pounds or 1,588 kilograms with this setup.
There will also be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged version with more than 275 hp and 420 nm of torque connected to an 8-speed DCT transmission with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. This model will also benefit from an AWD system that able the car to tow up to 2,268 kg or 5k pounds.
In June, Hyundai will begin production of the Santa Cruz at its factory in Montgomery, Alabama. Later in the summer, sales will begin. Pricing will be revealed prior to the sale.