Here's when you can expect to see it.
After countless spy shots and even a leak of the body shell, Hyundai's first pickup truck to be offered in the United States is almost here. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will face some stiff competition in the compact truck segment when it arrives on the market, including the Honda Ridgeline and the upcoming Ford Maverick. Hyundai will show off the Santa Cruz during a digital world premiere on April 15, 2021, at 6:00, am EST.
Hyundai has released several new details about the truck in the lead-up to the big reveal, including four new teaser images. Hyundai says the Santa Cruz will "break new ground within the SUV, truck, and crossover segments by offering a new category of vehicle unlike anything else in the US market."
"Open-bed flexibility coupled with closed-cabin security meets the changing everyday needs of its adventure-oriented buyers, while powerful and efficient engines and superb maneuverability ensure it is a pleasure to drive in urban or off-road environments. Our customers will wonder just how they managed before owning one," said Jose Munoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America.
The Korean automaker didn't elaborate on how the truck's bed will be flexible, but we assume it involves clever storage innovations and possibly a unique tailgate. Perhaps the bed will even open into the cabin, like the Chevrolet Avalanche or Toyota BB Open Deck.
We still don't know what will be under the hood, but Hyundai promises "powerful and efficient powertrain options." Since the front end shown in the teaser looks nearly identical to the 2022 Hyundai Tucson, we wouldn't be shocked to see the Santa Cruz use the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 190 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque or 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid drivetrain with 230 hp and 258 lb-ft. Hyundai did confirm that the Santa Cruz will be all-wheel-drive, and we know it will be built in Montgomery, Alabama starting this summer.