2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is the World's First "Sport Adventure Vehicle"

Targeting those with active lifestyles

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The all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz — a crossover with a pick-up bed — breaks new ground as the industry’s first “Sport Adventure Vehicle.” The all-new segment, which was created by Hyundai, targets those with active lifestyles by offering them a vehicle with the most desirable crossover, pickup, and sedan attributes. The compact-sized Santa Cruz seats up to five passengers and is available with a choice of four-cylinder engines, all-wheel drive, and the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz promises the comfort and spaciousness of a crossover, the utility and unrestricted cargo capacity of a pickup truck, and the agility and fuel economy of a passenger sedan — no other vehicle on the market is currently delivering such all-encompassing capabilities.

Hyundai’s California-based design team has ensured that heads will turn when the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz drives by. The four-door boasts bold styling to reinforce its adventurous mission with aggressive curves and creases that project youthfulness, activity, and sport.

The nose features the company’s signature jewel design daytime running lamps (DRLs), which cleanly integrated into the front facade to complement the headlights. The side features flared fenders, alluding to power and strength, while the rear of the vehicle is distinguished by the unique 4-foot cargo bed, drop-down tailgate, and T-shaped taillamps.

The cargo bed is made more secure by a retractable tonneau cover, which is spring-loaded to roll up towards the passenger compartment for one-handed operation. The hard cover is lockable, to ensure contents remain safely tucked out of sight and reach. There is an additional storage area beneath the bed’s floor, which has a drain (so it may be filled with ice/drinks). The bed is illuminated and it has power outlets.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is the World's First "Sport Adventure Vehicle"

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is offered with a choice of four-cylinder engines. The standard power plant is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter (estimated at 190 horsepower) mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. An optional turbocharged 2.5-liter delivers more power (estimated at 275 horsepower) and a unique dual-clutch gearbox — this powertrain is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the automaker’s HTRAC all-wheel drive is optional.

Hyundai realizes that the Santa Cruz’s adventurous owners don’t want to skimp on technology, innovation, or safety. With that in mind, the four-door is offered with a pair of 10-inch flat panel displays for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard and a Bose audio system is available. In addition to Blue link, the company’s connected car app, the Santa Cruz is offered with a full suite of safety features that are part of Hyundai SmartSense.

Hyundai realizes that the Santa Cruz’s adventurous owners don’t want to skimp on technology, innovation, or safety. With that in mind, the four-door is offered with a pair of 10-inch flat panel displays for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard and a Bose audio system is available. In addition to Blue link, the company’s connected car app, the Santa Cruz is offered with a full suite of safety features that are part of Hyundai SmartSense.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is the World's First "Sport Adventure Vehicle"

How much is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz?

While Hyundai has not announced pricing on its all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, we expect it to start at just over $25,000 when it arrives in showrooms in the summer of 2021.


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