After Hyundai showcased the Santa Cruz concept in 2015, the South Korean automaker is finally ready to bring a production version to market. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will arrive as an all-new model, giving the brand a pickup truck. Not only will the Santa Cruz be the only pickup truck from a non-American or Japanese automaker, but the Santa Cruz is also expected to create a new segment.
The 2022 Santa Cruz will arrive with distinct styling that makes it look like no other truck on the market. The triangular grille is the main focal point at the front, featuring hidden signature lighting and daytime running lights that are built directly into the grille. Thanks to the Tucson’s platform, the Cruz will be much smaller than current compacts, measuring in at roughly a foot shorter in length. With sharp lines, a heavily-raked C-pillar, and funky lighting, the Cruz trades size for style.
On the inside, the upcoming 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz looks to be the most high-tech and comfortable pickup truck in the compact class. The Santa Cruz will have a stylish center console design that slightly juts out of the dashboard. Instead of large knobs and buttons for the HVAC and infotainment system, the Santa Cruz will have capacitive touch controls for the media system and small buttons for the HVAC system. Owners can store goodies underneath the rear seats in an in-cabin storage compartment. Upscale materials will sit in a modern cabin for one of the more high-end interiors for a small pickup truck.
Hyundai hasn’t come out with an official list of standard features on the 2022 Santa Cruz yet. The pickup truck is expected to come with an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Optional features will include Hyundai’s Digital Key, a wireless charging pad, a 10-inch infotainment screen, and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster.
Power for the Santa Cruz pickup truck will come from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Official figures for the engine aren’t available yet, but Hyundai claims it will produce more than 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will also be available. That engine is expected to make more than 275 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged engine will come with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. We expect front-wheel drive to be standard, with all-wheel drive to be available.
On the safety front, the 2022 Santa Cruz will come with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention warning as standard. Optional features will include blind-spot monitoring, safe exit assist, Hyundai’s Highway Drive Assist system, a surround-view monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot collision avoidance.
Stay tuned for a full review closer to launch.