The upcoming 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will get significant upgrades. The new Hyundai Tucson is also ready for drastic changes. According to various reports, two models will share the same underpinnings. Moreover, the new Santa Cruz pickup truck could wear the same styling as the Tucson SUV. That includes the eye-catching front fascia and various different styling cues.
The Korean manufacturer plans to launch a new Santa Cruz model in the United States. Numerous reports are writing about Alabama plant that should be responsible for producing new brand’s pickup. Santa Cruz model is available in different parts of the world. Still, Hyundai failed to deliver this pickup truck in the United States to this date.
2022 Santa Cruz Spy Shots
The 2022 Tucson SUV will get a couple of big exterior upgrades. The same should happen with the new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck. Moreover, Santa Cruz will wear almost the same as the Tucson model. We are talking about the front fascia for a start. Spied Tucson showed an eye-catching front part with new daytime running lights that are placed in the grille. Furthermore, sharp triangular shapes are looking more modern and unique.
The headlights are moved closer to the corners, which provides a more angular look. Santa Cruz will get the same design of the front fascia, various sources reported. While the design language is the same, the pickup truck will look bolder. The rear section will get new taillights with a new LED strip as well.
On the inside, the new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will also look more modern than the outgoing model. However, more precise interior details are not available yet. We believe the same thing will happen with the cabin. That means the Tucson crossover will have a great impact on the things inside the new pickup truck. The goal is to deliver an SUV-like interior with a high level of comfort.
The interior layout won’t change, but Santa Cruz could introduce new upholstery and larger displays. Moreover, this model will arrive with more standard equipment as well. There will be room for five passengers, and the legroom should be ample in both rows. The safety ratings will be improved too, and we expect additional driver-assistance aids to become available.
Possible Engine Options
While the Tucson and Santa Cruz models are riding on the same platform, powertrain options could be different. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz should arrive in the United States, so its engine lineup is an even bigger mystery. We know the Tucson crossover will get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a hybrid option that uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder output. The same 2.5-liter engine should power the arriving Santa Cruz. It will be a standard engine, according to the latest rumors.
2.4-liter gasoline with 182 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque is another likely option. We also expect a high-performance variant that will offer a turbocharged engine. Still, Santa Cruz will focus on fuel efficiency, and this pickup could deliver around 27 mpg combined. A front-wheel-drive system is offered as standard, just like the six-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Release Date, Price
The price of the new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will now start at around $29,000. The price is increased, but the arriving pickup still costs below $30k. Hyundai will launch its new model next summer, and its arrival in the United States seems to be likelier than ever before.