Hyundai has launched the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle, which has been highly awaited. The 2022 Santa Cruz is a true Sport Adventure Vehicle unlike anything else on the market, breaking new ground in the SUV, Truck, and Crossover segments.
Santa Cruz features a bold yet refined design, strong and efficient powertrain options, a versatile open bed for gear, cutting-edge connectivity, and a highly maneuverable all-wheel drive platform that is equally at home in urban and adventure-focused settings.
In June, the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle will go into development in Montgomery, Alabama, and will be available for purchase later that summer.
Hyundai claims that the Santa Cruz is not designed to bear large loads or do hard work. It’s smaller than most other pickups on the market, including smaller ones like the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline, at 196 inches from end to end.
Instead, the all-wheel-drive Santa Cruz’s four foot long bed is intended to hold outdoor gear that owners wouldn’t want muddying up the inside of an SUV.
According to a Hyundai spokesperson, the Santa Cruz was built with occupant comfort and maneuverability in mind.
According to Hyundai, there is plenty of lockable storage space inside the bed and inside the cab for items that shouldn’t be left out in the open. A lockable bed cover is also included with the Santa Cruz.
There are two engines to choose from.
Two effective, versatile, and efficient powertrains are available from Santa Cruz. A 2.5L direct-injected in-line four-cylinder engine with an estimated 190+ horsepower and 180+ lb.-ft. of torque is the standard powertrain.
For fast acceleration and excellent performance, this engine is paired with an eight-speed hydraulic automatic transmission. A 2.5L direct-injected turbocharged engine with 275+ horsepower and 310+ lb.-ft. of torque is also available, mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). The driver can control manual shifting with paddle shifters installed on the steering wheel.
HTRAC® AWD and Towing Capability
HTRAC® all-wheel drive is available on both 2.5L four-cylinder and 2.5L four-cylinder turbo models for full courage when seeking adventures of all sorts or for added peace of mind when driving in sudden snowfall.
Hyundai hasn’t even hinted at the Santa Cruz’s price. Many of its components are shared with the Tucson SUV, which starts at $23,700. This summer, the Santa Cruz will be available for purchase.