Hyundai Lets Slip That Santa Cruz Pickup Is Based On 2022 Tucson
The Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup is said to be based on the newly revealed 2022 Tucson small SUV. In a panel discussion with members of the global automotive media immediately after the Tucson’s launch, Lorenz Glaab, head of global product management at Hyundai Motor Group, said the upcoming Santa Cruz will share its platform with the little one. SUV.
We contacted Hyundai for clarification and were told that the company could not confirm this information at this time. As such, we’ll probably have to take Glaab’s response with a grain of salt. The statement immediately followed a question from an Australian journalist, asking if the pickup would share anything with the new Tucson.
We’re not sure exactly which part of the platform would be common between the two – or whether it extends to the base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four of the 2022 Tucson and the optional turbocharged hybrid four-cylinder. 1.6 liter. Either way, if that’s true, the statement leads us to believe the Santa Cruz will be smaller than expected.
We first reported rumors that the two could be similar in July, but as recently as May we speculated that it could be based on the Palisade or Santa Fe, targeting the Chevrolet Colorado and the Honda Ridgeline. . Credits to this suspicion is that the Santa Cruz will be produced in the same factory in Alabama as Santa Fe. However, Glaab’s comments lead us to believe that it is possible that the Tucson will be built there as well, moving to a factory. from a factory in Ulsan, South Korea.
Drawing inspiration from the sharp Tucson also leads us to believe that the Santa Cruz will target the Ford Maverick more than the Ford Ranger. Like the Maverick, the Santa Cruz will likely appeal to active families and young couples whose weekend plans involve mountain bike trails adjacent to town and serviced campsites, not low-speed ramps in the park outside. local route. And if it follows the Tucson’s suit, it should offer plenty of impressive tech inside, including car-to-home communication, a digital dashboard, and a large 10.3-inch center touchscreen.
Try to find these features on any other small mic.