The Korean carmaker is ready for the next page in its evolution. After success in crossover and SUV segments, the company expanded the business to the premium class, creating the new Genesis brand. Now, bosses said the priority is to finish an old concept and start production of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck. New images are here as well as spy photos. Still, we don’t have a final view of the production model.
According to the details we have, Hyundai will build the pickup on the US soil. Experts believe the company will expand the plant in Alabama, where many other vehicles are being produced. A V6 engine is definitely going to be the main source of power and the truck should offer an alternative. A four-pot engine or hybrid setup are perfect replacements.
What We Know So Far?
Even after 5 years since its debut, the concept brings a futuristic look. A lot of changes happened meanwhile. The styling could be kept when the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz hits production. Especially the front grille is eye-catching. On the other hand, five years is a long period. Many fans are disappointed for waiting for so much. Still, Hyundai showed ambitions to start a new chapter in a tough world. It won’t be easy, but the company is now ready for the challenge.
Finally, the first official clues are available. The truck is about to come out by the end of 2021. Also, the manufacturer confirmed the pickup is going be built in the US. The availability in other markets is a mystery. But, Hyundai enjoys success in Europe and Asia as well, so it would be a shame not to use an advantage in these areas.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be a 3.8-liter V6 engine. This is a new unit that debuted recently on the Palisade mid-size SUV. With 290 hp and 260 lb-ft, it is a perfect solution for a small truck. Just for comparison, most other carmakers are using similar configurations. Toyota and Honda are deploying 3.5-liter displacements, while FCA and GM are out with a 3.6-liter engine. A four-banger is a solution if you buy Ford Ranger. Outside the US, Hyundai would need a diesel engine.
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Release Date and Price
The MSRP of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will depend on a few factors. First of all, we will see if the Korean company is going to install a four-cylinder engine. It will be a price-dropping move and many experts see this coming from Hyundai. Also, we don’t have info about cabin configurations. Prototypes are being tested with a four-door layout, but a single cab should be there as well.
The productions of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is starting this summer. Then we will know more about the upcoming pickup truck, versions, powertrains, and trim levels. Some sources are claiming the Santa Cruz might borrow a 2.5-turbo engine from Genesis GV80. However, it will make the truck cost closer to $30,000. A V6 version should be under $25,000 to be competitive against proven models.