The all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz was previewed by a series of teaser sketches revealed earlier this month, as GM Authority covered previously. Now, we’re getting a look at the final production vehicle.
The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is offered as a utility vehicle that blends elements of both the pickup truck segment and SUV segment, featuring a four-door cabin and open rear bed section. The front fascia includes lighting signatures within the grille and a lower skid plate element, while the side view reveals available 20-inch wheels and “armor-like” wheel arches. Exterior dimensions include a 195.7-inch overall length, 75-inch overall width, 66.7-inch overall height, and 118.3-inch wheelbase. The upper bed length is 52.1 inches, while the upper bed length is 48.4 inches.
The mechanical spec includes two possible powertrain options, starting with a standard 2.5L I4 gasoline engine producing 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. The standard engine mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Alternatively, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is optional with a turbocharged 2.5L engine producing 275 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, connecting to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Both engine options are offered with HTRAC all-wheel drive, with multiple mode selections and electronic variable torque splitting. The standard four-cylinder is rated at 3,500 pounds with regard to towing, while the turbo model boosts towing to 5,000 pounds.
Standard interior tech includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and Driver Attention Warning, while the options list includes Blind-Spot Collusion-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot View Monitoring, and Highway Drive Assist, among others.
Production of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz kicks off in June, with availability this Summer.
Chevy and GMC currently do not offer a direct competitor for the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz in the U.S. market. That said, GM does offer the Montana small pickup in South America, and is currently working on a new generation.