We still know little about the Hyundai Santa Cruz for masses, and can rather speculate than speak for sure, but we believe it will be a hit, when arrives next year.
An innovative tailgate extension is the most noticable highlight of the upcoming model. The owner can expand the bed length whenever a “just in case” moments arise. When fully extended, the Santa Cruz’s bed length is similar to a mid-size pickup, allowing to carry more things or a larger cargo.
For ease of access to the rear seats, the vehicle features hinged rear doors which integrate seamlessly with the front door design. The wheel arches, a roof, bed rails offer convenient tie-down cleats to secure cargo of any shape and size.
Hyundai unveiled the Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept, which is the basis for the production version, back in 2015 at the NAIAS in Detroit.
This is not a traditional ‘workhorse’ pickup, but a vehicle, as they say, for urban adventurers, which is also designed to attract CUV and sedan buyers seeking greater utility.
The series Santa Cruz will feature the bold exterior styling and modern convenience inside to convey youth lifestyle.
The Santa Cruz is not an alternative to a truck, so don’t expect too much from its towing and payload capacity. Nevertheless, we think Hyundai’s pickup will be able to tow up to 5,000 lb / 2,268 kg, like the rivaling Honda Ridgeline.
As for engines, we suppose the Hyundai Santa Fe crossover will share them with the Santa Cruz, meaning four-cylinders – an entry-level 2.4-liter unit with 185 hp and a turbocharged 2.0-liter 235-hp one.
It is quite possible the pickup will offer more power and torque than the engines currently deliver to have more chances to compete with mid-size pickup rivals. We expect standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
Today Hyundai has one of the best warranty coverage in the industry: 5 years or 60,000 miles (limited warranty), 10 years or 100,000 miles (powertrain warranty), 3 years or 36,000 miles (complimentary maintenance). So, this may be an additional advantage for the Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz’s estimated price of around $25,000 is one more advantage. For comparison: Honda Ridgeline starts from $33,900, Toyota Tacoma – $26,050, Chevloret Colorado – $21,300, Ford Ranger – $24,110, Jeep Gladiator $33,545.