2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Overview

The upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz originally debuted in concept form back at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. It's now expected to arrive later this year as a 2022 model.

Hyundai has been mum on details though it's widely expected this unibody mid-size truck will share a platform with the popular Tucson crossover. Spy photos indicate it'll receive similar and bold front-end styling like on the Tucson and larger Palisade. The truck bed appears to be smaller than that on a Ford Ranger, but Hyundai is targeting urban customers who require less rear space.

Under the hood, the Tucson's new Smartstream 2.5-liter direct-injected gasoline engine with 187 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque might be standard. There is a decent chance, however, the South Korean automaker will make available the hybrid setup, consisting of a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with around 177 hp and 195 lb-ft. Combined with a 44.2 kW electric motor and 1.49 kWh battery pack, it produces about 226 hp and 258 lb-ft. There's also a possibility the plug-in hybrid powertrain will be offered eventually. 

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