At the launch of the latest Hyundai Tucson, Lorenz Glaab, head of global product management at Hyundai Motor Group, revealed that Santa Cruz’s upcoming pickup shares the foundation for the new crossover. Now KDesign AG has a render of the truck sporting the eye-catching face of the latest Tucson.
The front of the 2022 Tucson hides the daytime running lights in the grille. The sharp triangular shapes give the front of the crossover a futuristic aesthetic. The headlights are located in the corners of the niches created by the angular front fairing.
KDesign AG also incorporates the mix of heavily pleated sidewalls and gently curved fenders of the Tuscon into this rendering of the Santa Cruz. The design is bold, especially by pickup truck standards. The rear also receives the new crossed serrated taillights with an LED strip across the width of the tail between the lamps.
Spy shots (above) suggest the Santa Cruz has a front end similar to the Tucson, including headlight placement. The sides don’t appear as angular, however, based on a leaked photo. While there isn’t a good look at the rear of the truck yet, it seems reasonable to suspect some similarities to the new crossover.
While the Santa Cruz and Tucson ride on the same platform, we don’t yet know if they also have the same powertrains. The 2022 Tucson is available with a 2.5-liter inline-four engine rated at 190 horsepower (142 kilowatts) and 182 pound-feet (260 Newton-meters). There is also a hybrid option with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing around 230 horsepower (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm).
The Santa Cruz will begin production in Alabama in 2021, which suggests that the first of them should arrive for the 2022 model year. It’s a long wait since the original concept debuted at the International Auto Show in North America 2015.