2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz promises a lot for sport adventure freaks 

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz spy photos have come up, providing a preview of things to wait for. As evident through the images, it’s very much a small truck having a compact bed within a spacious cabin. Quite similar to the Honda Ridgeline, the Santa Cruz is going to be developed on a unibody platform. In terms of size though it appears moreover like a competitor of compact Ford Maverick, rather than a mid-level truck.

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Though Hyundai hasn’t called it a ‘truck’ anywhere so far, the SUV pick-up with four doors borrows an impression from that of Hyundai Santa Crux. As per Hyundai, it’s a ‘Sport Adventure Vehicle’. Anyway, it appears like a crossover truck from the exterior with a catchy design, moreover flaunting the Hyundai’s typical edgy design in its body. Despite being smaller in comparison to regular mid-size pickup trucks, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup smartly employs the crossover model that makes it quite spacious. All in all, the manufacturers have designed it for all generations.


Coming to the designing and positioning of the grille, it is apparent that the 2022 Santa Cruz is going to have a distinguishing front-end, providing it a hunky appeal over the 2021 Santa Fe. However, the lights are pretty similar to Santa Fe. Noteworthy here is that the headlights are established at a much lower position.  One may claim that the grille has been taken from the new Tucson’s face, but, it is certainly taller in comparison. There are many to compare it with Elantra’s face as well.

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Hyundai’s justifies its claim to call the SUV a ‘Sport Adventure Vehicle’, providing it with a muscular body line. It looks quite tough with an incredibly strong Y-shape crease structure. In terms of windshield, it is quite similar to a crossover, unlike the trucks that have moreover vertical windshields.

According to Hyundai, Santa Cruz is going to have a “flexible bed for gear, cutting-edge connectivity and a highly maneuverable all-wheel-drive platform”, which makes it thoroughly suitable for the adventure freaks. In short, we can expect it to be a grander version of the regular crossovers having an all-wheel-drive model. No need to worry about performance as Hyundai assures about “powerful and efficient engines” in it, and guaranteeing multiple engines.


Coming to the interiors, it’s apparent that Hyundai has picked the idea straight away from the 2022 Tucson crossover, which means Santa Cruz is going to be a compact pickup. The only difference between Santa Cruz and Tucson is perhaps with the trim level. As it is evident, Santa Cruz is very much likely to come with a lower trim level, unlike the Tucson with an upper trim level.  Where the 2021 Tucson flaunts a keyless ignition, the Santa Cruz comes with a regular turnkey ignition system. There is a traditional hood over the gauge cluster. So it can be concluded that Santa Cruz is going to be a Tucson that has a comparatively effective back-end.

2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Truck Nearing Production

There are some plans to change and go for a 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck rather than the originally planned 2018 edition.

The company’s top heads have decided to go with it. However, the official announcement won’t be done until they announce it at one of the upcoming auto shows. A possible choice would be the Detroit expo or the Los Angeles auto show where the 2019 Santa Cruz pickup truck will make its debut.

Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai said that they have already made the decision and are going to go with the 2019 edition for the truck. “We have not made the announcement yet but it won’t be long before it is made,” he added.

The upcoming model will be built on the same platform as the Tucson compact crossover. While the vehicle is still in its prototype stage, the brand’s boss confirmed that they are close to finalizing the design. Within a couple of months, they would have finalized the production version of the pickup truck and will take steps to bring the vehicle to dealership stores in time.

It is expected that the model will have either a petrol engine or a diesel engine. The team is leaning more towards a four-cylinder diesel engine as it is favored by majority of the buyers. Zuchowski commented that the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup could be the best diesel car that the U.S. audience have been waiting for. The Santa Cruz and the Santa Fe will introduce the segment in the region with full potential to witness amazing sales.

Statistics reveal that over 70,000 Santa Cruz vehicles will be sold on launch as it has huge expectations and demand among potential buyers. Hyundai believes that will easily cross 50,000 models in launch year and with more trimlines scheduled for launch, sales records are supposed to go uphill in the following months right after the official launch.

Automobile manufacturers have repeatedly experimented with the idea. They have created cars that could double up as pickup truck. Many of them couldn’t reach positive sales and choose to discontinue those models. Fiat Chrysler, Baja and Ridgeline are some good examples. The segment is becoming increasingly populated right now.

The Ford Ranger, Jeep Wrangler and Chevrolet Colorado are going to compete with the 2019 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck when it comes out, probably by 2018. We can say whether the hybrid truck has managed to find its spot in the market after these models are out.

Hyundai Santa Cruz Lifestyle Ute is Coming, Official Announcement Awaited

Hyundai has not officially announced the Santa Cruz Lifestyle Ute yet, but every sign points to an imminent launch in the near future. The company may confirm the model any time, says Hyundai’s U.S. region CEO.

Speaking to the media at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai Motors President for America, Dave Zuchowski said that the Santa Cruz utility model might hit dealership stores soon. However, he added that it is not possible to officially confirm the launch when there is no announcement yet.

“We will really be happy when Hyundai Motors officially dictate the release date. It’s a good feeling obviously, because the SUV has generated ample interest among the buyers and it should reach them at the right time”, he added.

It is also being speculated that the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz could probably be exclusive to the United States at launch. The brand might choose to expand its reach to other regions in the following months, but the U.S. boss is not sure what their head office might decide to do.

Production of Hyundai Santa Cruz will, however, take place in the United States. “From our perspective, it’s all about exporting the vehicle to different countries, if we get the permission to do”, he said.

The company is also looking at viable options to make production possible and deliver the right quantity. They don’t want to launch a new Santa Cruz without being able to cater to the audience with excessive number of cars. In case it becomes a crowd favorite, there could be plenty of demand for the particular model.

At the Detroit Show, Dave Zuchowski added that from a company’s perspective, a lot of factors have to fall in place in order to start production of a brand new model. Even though, the Santa Cruz has a great fan following and could receive great appreciation from the U.S. audience, Hyundai will do plenty of market research before approving the production phase.

Even if the company decides to launch the vehicle, it will not be a mainstream model with high towing capacity and load space. It will be more of a compact vehicle, but designed to offer additional headroom for the passengers and the comfort of a sedan at its best. The images released by the company do look alluring and if they make it official, it’s going to be a great option for those who live in the U.S.