The first rendering photos of the upcoming 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz appears and we can expect numerous upgrades over the previous model. According to some reports, the all-new Santa Cruz will arrive next year. The South Korean manufacturer will introduce various updates and plenty of modern touches. Hyundai introduced Santa Cruz pickup first time at the Detroit Auto Show in late 2015, and until now, this model is one of the most selling ones on the market.
This unibody pickup truck will be beautifully shaped. On top of that, the cabin features plenty of quality materials, and we can easily compare it with most of nowadays SUVs. Unfortunately, there is no information about what engine will power this pickup.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Exterior Updates
The design of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will be refreshed and the new model will definitively make a significant impact on the market with its look. South Korean manufacturer Hyundai will add more aggressive styling thanks to the latest Hyundai’s design language. Dimensionally, the Santa Cruz is a midsize pickup that will be smaller than the Ridgeline, Colorado/Tacoma/Ranger models. We must add that this model shares underpinnings with the Santa Fe SUV.
The new pickup truck will for sure arrive with more modern features than the previous one. Moreover, the most visible changes are on the front fascia. We like the refreshed look and headlights that are revised. Also, the manufacturer added a more sharp and wider grille. Overall, we cannot wait to see the final product. From the latest rendering photos, the upcoming Santa Cruz will also look different behind. The most notable changes include better-shaped taillights, bumper in body color, and lower tailgate.
Plenty of Modern Features Inside
The cabin of 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will continue to dominate in the midsize segment. Like before, this pickup truck offers modern and very SUV-ish design. No doubt, we will see a completely different interior than before. Hyundai carmaker will most likely borrow some of Tucson’s techs and materials. On top of that, the cabin will be spacious and there will be plenty of rooms for five passengers in two rows.
Changes inside will definitively bring larger displays and more upscale materials. Like the previous model, we can expect the same ambient lighting, excellent safety ratings, and much more.
Powertrain under the hood of 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is still a mystery. Typically, the South Korean manufacturer refuses to provide further information about specs. However, from some rumors, this model will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Like the previous model, the new Santa Cruz will also offer a front-wheel-drive system as standard.
The rumors are also suggesting that the next engine could be borrowed from the Tucson SUV. This model is a 2.4-liter output that generates 182 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, this powertrain sends its power through a 6-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Cost and Release Date
The price of the next-gen 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is still not officially revealed. However, from some gossip, it may be around 35,000. The new pickup truck will be produced in Alabama, in the same Montgomery factory that is used for the production of Sonata and Santa Fe models. Its arrival is expected to be later in 2021.
This looks like every other pickup out there. Not very close to the concept that was shown back in 2015. C’mon… be brave and depart from the norm! The concept Santa Cruz was cool and different. This… just another truck which will lose in the battle with the American makes. Be unique Hyundai! The concept was exciting. This? Meh.