- ahead of the full reveal on april 15, hyundai released teaser photos of the 2022 santa cruz pickup.
- the santa cruz looks much like the concept but gains two more doors—for a total of four—and gets a grille similar to the 2022 tucson's.
- the santa cruz will be assembled alongside the santa fe in alabama, and we expect the santa cruz to offer the same engines as the santa fe.
back in 2019, hyundai said that its santa cruz pickup would go into production in 2021—and the company has now released teaser photos and confirmed that the pickup will reach dealerships this year. as shown in the photos, the santa cruz will have four doors and a small bed, along with a grille that looks similar to the one on the new 2022 hyundai tucson.
the teaser photos show a pickup that looks sportier and more on-road-focused than many other pickup trucks. the c-pillar slants toward the bed, giving the cab a sleek appearance. lest we forget that it’s a pickup and not just another crossover, the santa cruz name is prominently displayed across the tailgate.
intended for adventure-oriented buyers, the santa cruz will be a unibody pickup and will slot into an increasingly popular segment of small pickups. it will be only one of just a few pickups on the market—the honda ridgeline and upcoming ford maverick being the others—that don't ride on a body-on-frame chassis. we'd guess that hyundai will emphasize the santa cruz's ability to haul kayaks and bikes rather than its outright payload and towing capacity.
hyundai hasn’t released many other details ahead of the santa cruz’s april 15 reveal, but the automaker is emphasizing off-road capability as well as on-road comfort. we think that the santa cruz will get the santa fe’s 2.5-liter and turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four engine options paired with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. the two vehicles will be assembled in the same alabama factory.