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.