2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Has Been Confirmed

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Has Been Confirmed

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is coming to the markets. The pickup truck is confirmed, and it will finally reach American soil. The South Korean manufacturer said it will build this model in Montgomery, Alabama. Moreover, the production starts in 2021, which means the sales will begin in the first half of 2022. Santa Cruz, at the Detroit Auto Show in 2015. Design-wise, this pickup looks muscular and upscale.

Furthermore, Santa Cruz delivers a unique exterior design, and it shows company’s new design language. So far, interior details are not available. On the other hand, Hyundai said the cabin will be SUV-like, and it will offer a lot of modern touches. As for the performances, it is another mystery for all the fans. It will be interesting to see how much power will Santa Cruz deliver and will it be a fuel-efficient pick-up truck.

The upcoming 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is the perfect example of the company’s direction. The South Korean company plans to offer at least one model from each segment in the United States. New Santa Cruz is just a beginning in the pick-up segment. This model comes with company’s latest design language. It looks upscale and very unique. You can spot numerous modern touches and novelties, as well. For a start, front fascia wears a lot of muscles and a more upright grille.

The current waterfall grille and swept-back headlamps are not available anymore. Santa Cruz now comes with an additional pair of rear and front-hinged doors and a larger tailgate. The styling is really classy and some cues are taken from the Hyundai’s Sonata model. Finally, Santa Cruz will be a compact pick-up truck, like Honda Ridgeline. Furthermore, it will be smaller than the mid-size models such as Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, or Toyota Tacoma.

As for the interior, we don’t have a lot of details. The approaching 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will surely arrive with a modern approach and plenty of novelties. We should look inside the Tucson SUV, and we’ll find a lot of answers. According to numerous reliable reports, Santa Cruz will be very similar to the Tucson model in terms of cabin design.

On top of that, pick-up will borrow a lot of features from the SUV model. That includes numerous design cues, modern systems, displays, and even the upholstery. Knowing that, Santa Cruz will surely offer ambient lighting on the upper trim levels. Safety is another question, but Hyundai will surely provide necessary equipment. The arriving pickup truck will offer a room for five passengers.

Previously, DRIVEtorque reported that Hyundai’s luxury car brand, Genesis, recently revealed its GV80 premium SUV which is powered by a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbodiesel engine with 205 kW and 588 Nm of torque.

In an interview at the launch of the GV80, Head of R&D at Hyundai, Albert Bierman, said “This engine… we can have so many applications. We make also commercial vehicles and so on, so this engine will be out there for quite some time.”

If this is indeed the case, Hyundai’s pick up will be more powerful than its rivals including the Volkswagen Amarok, Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger.

It was also previously suggested by DRIVEtorque that the Hyundai pick up will feature engines from the new Santa Fe which includes a 137 kW/241 Nm naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre petrol engine and a turbocharged, 175 kW/352 Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, both fitted in conjunction with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

With the news of the Santa Cruz being based on the new Tucson, it could be entirely possible that it could feature a 141 kW/246 Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine or a 1.6-litre turbopetrol engine. It’s also been speculated that the Hyundai pick up will be offered in 4WD guise only.  

More than this, there are rumours that Hyundai’s N Division could very well develop a high-performance pick up that would rival the Ford Ranger Raptor. There is speculation that this N pick up could feature the same potent, turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that powers the i30N and could offer as much as 225 kW!

What else?

The Hyundai Santa Cruz concept from 2015 is where it all began…

Reports from Australia indicate that Hyundai is developing a range of 1-tonne pickup for Australia and other markets, which as history has proven, will likely include South Africa and Zimbabwe which is, as we know, a major market for double cabs. The report also indicates that the one-ton truck will be based on a ladder-frame chassis and will be developed in partnership with Kia, which will also receive its own version of the pick-up. Both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive variants are on the cards as well as different cab variants.

The South Korean company will release more details in the coming months. That includes the pricing details as well. Revealing a new concept is also a possibility for the near future.

Hyundai will produce new Santa Cruz in Alabama, along with the Santa Fe, Sonata and Elantra models. A new compact pickup truck will go on sale at the beginning of 2022

At the time of publishing the local Hyundai leadership had not responded to our questions on whether we will ever get a Hyundai double cab locally. Our prediction is we will one day. It will be launched in Australia and South Africa and Zimbabwe usually gets whatever South Africa gets in most cases.

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