The all new Hyundai Santa Cruz offers two powerful and efficient engines. The first being a 2.5L direct-injected in-line four-cylinder engine producing approximately 190+ BHP and 180 lb-ft of torque. The engine is also capable of quick acceleration and great results in efficiency mainly due to the eight speed hydraulic automatic transmission it is partnered with. The other engine that Hyundai is offering is a 2.5L direct-injected turbocharged engine producing an estimated 275+ BHP and 310+ lb.-ft of torque. Un-like the other engine offered, Hyundai has partnered this one up with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). Taking on this engine and transmission means the Santa Cruz also features paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel for manual gear shifting by the driver.
For the standard 2.5L engine, the eight speed transmission provides the driver with gear shifts that can be described as quick and crisp to further improve the driving experience of the Santa Cruz as well as the efficiency of the vehicle. The transmission also adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line as well as a quieter and efficient drive on longer/more demanding trips.
Hyundai are also offering HTRAC® all-wheel drive capability in both variants of the Santa Cruz to keep the driver feeling confident when in the harshest of environments. The AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. For example, switching to the sport setting in the Santa Cruz sends more torque to the rear wheels, providing the driver with a more sporty and dynamic drive. The system has been designed to handle a wide range of torque distribution, making sure that the truck is tuned for a number of conditions like straight line acceleration, medium to high speed cornering and aggressive hill starts. Towing gear or trailers in the Hyundai Santa Cruz will never be a problem as the standard 2.5L engine has a towing capability 3,500lbs whilst the 2.5L turbocharged engine can tow up to 5,000lbs.
Hyundai Santa Cruz Exterior
The Santa Cruz’s exterior has been described by Hyundai as unique, bold and one that reflects a duality of purpose, therefore perfect for those who need to commute during the week in a comfortable vehicle whilst being able to enjoy adventure and long journeys on the weekends.
At the front the Santa Cruz features a hidden lighting signature that becomes visible within the grille only when illuminated, daytime running lamps (DRLs) partner up with this display by presenting a parametric jewel design with high-tech precision detailing. The cascading grille takes up most of the front bumper, making the whole truck look more bold and aggressive. To give the Santa Cruz a more menacing and bold look, Hyundai have added a voluminous hood and fenders to further communicate an imposing first impression.
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is also equipped with large 20 inch alloy wheels which are decorated with a multifaceted, triangular design which are surrounded by armour-like wheel arches, conveying both wheel-articulation potential and off-road capability. To emphasise the powerful body of the Santa Cruz, Hyundai have kept character lines tight and contrasted the side volumes with precise triangular sheer-edged surfaces for a more bold aesthetic.
At the back of the truck a horizontal “T” lighting signature adds visual width and solidifies the look of the Santa Cruz, making sure it is unique to other vehicles on the road whilst being distinguishable. The rear bed area features a secure, lockable in-bed storage, with integrated corner bumper steps and a lockable tonneau cover, making the truck’s cargo area secure and easily accessible for occupants. The rear tail lamps are embossed with: “Designed in California” as a testament to the passion of Hyundai’s California-based design team.
Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior
The new Hyundai Santa Cruz boasts a sophisticated and refined appearance on the inside of the truck. To match the boldness of the exterior, Hyundai have kept the interior rugged but with refined motif features. The interior also adopts a technical ambience that appeals to those who appreciate cutting-edge technologies in their daily lives.
Featuring an enveloping dual-cockpit design that produces a cocooning feel for all passengers, the designers of the Santa Cruz have focused on ergonomic comfort for all when taking part in long journeys. The centre stack display features an edgeless infotainment screen appearance, with an impressive 10 inches of visibility. Along with this the optional centre digital cluster display also measures 10 inches providing the driver with a more pleasurable driving experience. Under the rear seats is convenient, in-cabin storage. Completing the premium ambience is an available Bose® audio system.
Along with all that power the Hyundai Santa Cruz produces, the truck itself also features a wide range of technologies to keep the driver safe at all times. For example, the Santa Cruz has Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian, cyclist and junction turning detection implemented into the truck’s systems. This system works by detecting a potential collision from the front of the vehicle, this could be the preceding vehicle slowing down or a pedestrian suddenly walking out in front of the truck, from here the FCA provides a warning to the driver. However, if the risk of collision increases, then the FCA will assist with emergency braking. This is the same case if the Santa Cruz detects either a vehicle turning in or out of a junction and with cyclists ahead of the vehicle.
The Santa Cruz also features Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), to ensure the driver is protected from collision with vehicles when changing lanes. Like the FCA, at first the Santa Cruz warns the driver if a vehicle is in their blind spot when changing lanes on a highway and/or dual carriageway. However, if the driver decides to ignore the warning or doesn’t notice it and commits to the lane change whilst a car is in their blind spot then the BCA will take control of the truck and help avoid the collision. This system is also in place when parallel parking, for example, if the driver is leaving a parking spot and the BCA detects a vehicle coming alongside them then the BCA will automatically assist with emergency braking.
Other technology similar to this is also featured on the Hyundai Santa Cruz, such as, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA) and Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM). To assist with parking, the Santa Cruz also features a Surround View Monitor which displays a view of the space around the truck from above to assist with parking. Smart cruise control is also featured to help maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and maintain the speed selected by the driver.
Along with safety, Hyundai have also adopted a more modern infotainment and driver convenience system within the Santa Cruz to help drivers escape from the daily stress of long commutes, heavy traffic, road hazards and distractions. As standard, owners receive an 8-inch colour touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with integrated technology to allow the driver’s phone to connect wirelessly, therefore reducing the chances of it becoming a distraction as it can stay in a bag or pocket. However, if the driver or any occupants did want to charge their phone whilst in the Santa Cruz, then a QI wireless charger is available. Not only does the infotainment system offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it also features a split screen function for the navigation system. This means that occupants can multi-task with music or any other vehicle settings whilst the navigational maps are displayed. Hyundai are also offering an eight-speaker Bose® Premium sound system with the Santa Cruz.
*Specification based off the turbocharged variant