2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Comes into View before April 15 Reveal | C&D


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  • Ahead of the full reveal on April 15, Hyundai released teaser photos of the 2022 Santa Cruz pickup.
  • The Santa Cruz looks much like the concept but gains two more doors—for a total of four—and gets a grille similar to the 2022 Tucson's.
  • The Santa Cruz will be assembled alongside the Santa Fe in Alabama, and we expect the Santa Cruz to offer the same engines as the Santa Fe.
Back in 2019, Hyundai said that its Santa Cruz pickup would go into production in 2021—and the company has now released teaser photos and confirmed that the pickup will reach dealerships this year. As shown in the photos, the Santa Cruz will have four doors and a small bed, along with a grille that looks similar to the one on the new 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

The teaser photos show a pickup that looks sportier and more on-road-focused than many other pickup trucks. The C-pillar slants toward the bed, giving the cab a sleek appearance. Lest we forget that it’s a pickup and not just another crossover, the Santa Cruz name is prominently displayed across the tailgate.

Intended for adventure-oriented buyers, the Santa Cruz will be a unibody pickup and will slot into an increasingly popular segment of small pickups. It will be only one of just a few pickups on the market—the Honda Ridgeline and upcoming Ford Maverick being the others—that don't ride on a body-on-frame chassis. We'd guess that Hyundai will emphasize the Santa Cruz's ability to haul kayaks and bikes rather than its outright payload and towing capacity.

Hyundai hasn’t released many other details ahead of the Santa Cruz’s April 15 reveal, but the automaker is emphasizing off-road capability as well as on-road comfort. We think that the Santa Cruz will get the Santa Fe’s 2.5-liter and turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four engine options paired with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The two vehicles will be assembled in the same Alabama factory.
 

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Ridgeline is a midsize, Santa Cruz is a small truck (I.e. useless mini-truck).

First the pathetic Motortrend Journalist w/ the
underwhelming Red Eye Charger review and now this Jackwagon comparing apples & oranges with the unibody truck segment.
 

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I’m not a a pick up... i want to be identified as a Sports Adventure Vehicle.

Not bad looking at all.
 

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This thing’s cool. I dig it with the roll-top cover and underfloor storage.
 

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I hope its out before June so I can get one when I trade the leased Kona in.
 

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Great styling on it. Sure, it's basically a compact SUV with a bed instead of a covered cargo area. But I think there's quite a bit of opportunity for that segment. I'd be interested to see how the turbo 2.5 does and what the weight of the vehicle is. Should be decently quick in that configuration, too.
 

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Whats funny is that I dont think its a compact SUV size either if its the same length as the Palisade, which one article says it is. So at worse the inside is in between the size of a Tucson and Santa Fe, and instead of the SUV back, its a truck bed.

Ok, I am watching the video and its based on the Tucson platform. So Im assuming the interior is Tucson sized with the extra length in the back for the bed. My Tucson isnt terribly sized, so its doable.
 

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I dig it, and it would likely serve my needs in a truck at this point of my life.
 

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