As soon as we saw the spy shots of the 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck, we recognized its Hyundai Tucson heritage. Due to its unibody structure, the Santa Cruz is a very competitive pickup truck with so much to offer. If you didn’t know, Honda Ridgeline is also a unibody truck with similar mechanics.
We anticipate Santa Cruz to be a carryover model as it enters its second model year. Performance-wise, we anticipate the same basic 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the current Santa Cruz. One important upgrade could happen, and it is the Santa Cruz N high-performance variant.
A camouflaged prototype of the new 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup has been spotted recently. New spy images reveal some interesting updates to the back as well as a front camouflage overlay that reveals the grille’s design. As we can see, the most recent Santa Cruz has the same large, striking grille as the Tucson SUV.
The split headlights are recognizable, although it seems like the units are moved down further. Overall, the design is much more appealing than it was previously, and we anticipate seeing additional modifications to the production model. However, this will be the truck’s second model year, so expect only minor updates.
Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior
The forthcoming 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz will feature the same level of refinement and a contemporary interior as the current model. The Santa Cruz will have a fairly roomy cabin for up to five people, just like the Santa Fe SUV. The new 10.25-inch screen comes as standard, which is the cabin highlight.
The spy photos didn’t reveal the most recent interior refreshments. We think there will be a couple of truly minor updates, so nothing dramatic should change on the next model. The Santa Cruz pickup comes with lots of driver-assistance aids and upper trim levels are very premium and distinctive.
Engine Options and Specs
The next 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck will be offered with the same two engine choices as the current model. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine under the hood is capable of producing 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, Hyundai provides a 2.5-liter turbo-four engine that develops up to 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque.
This engine is optional. An 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox and standard AWD system are standard, but only if you opt for an optional powertrain. One important upgrade could be the Santa Cruz N variant. It is a high-performance model that will reportedly produce significantly more power and it will also come with a sportier appearance.
2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz Price, Release Date
The upcoming 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz will once again cost around $25,000. The changes are minor, so we don’t expect any change in terms of price. The sales will begin next year, probably in the summer. Dimensionally, Santa Cruz rivals the Ford Maverick pickup.
However, Maverick comes with a standard hybrid powertrain option, so Santa Cruz is still not ready to compete with its closest rivals. Moreover, this small pickup falls just behind the mid-size segment, but it provides better ride quality and more agile handling than the mid-size trucks.