A new batch of spy photos offers a fantastic preview of the next Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup. This one has a camouflage envelope on the front which exposes the shape of the grille, and there is less concealment on the back.
The Santa Cruz has a large, eye-catching grille. Thick horizontal sections connect narrower studs, and there is a huge Hyundai logo in the center. There are split low mounted headlights which are similar in layout on the Palisade, Santa Fe and Venue. There is a trapezoidal entry into the lower fascia.
In profile, it is possible to see how the window rises upwards at the rear, which prevents the Santa Cruz from appearing too square. The bed seems rather small. Unfortunately, the coating prevents us from having a good overview at the rear, but there is a glance at the rear lights.
Rumors suggest that the Santa Cruz would share the Palisades’ 3.8-liter V6 that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Power would most likely go through an all-wheel drive system. It seems to run on a monocoque chassis, which makes the Santa Cruz more comparable to the Honda Ridgeline instead of body trucks on traditional chassis.
This Santa Cruz is towing a trailer. This suggests that engineers make sure the truck can pull a load, as this is a commonly required task for vans. Don’t expect traction levels for the Ford F-450, but the Hyundai truck should have enough capacity for light weight jobs.
In 2021, Hyundai will build the Santa Cruz in Montgomery, Alabama, where it will also assemble the Santa Fe, Sonata and Elantra. Look for a full start before the end of the year.