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Body style: Truck
Segment: Midsize Pickup
Infotainment: Apple CarPlay icon Apple CarPlay   Android Auto icon Android Auto  

Hyundai broke new grounds when it introduced the Santa Cruz in its lineup and opened the gates for new, compact pickups.

Unlike most pickups on the market, the Santa Crus was based on a unit-body construction, like the Honda Ridgeline, except that it was smaller. The Korean carmaker showed the concept vehicle in 2015 but waited another six years to unveil the production model. It was an innovative vehicle, and Hyundai called it a Sport Adventure Vehicle.

Its front fascia was unique on the market. It featured a broad grille with dark-chromed elements. Between them, it installed a few LED daytime running lights, not only two like anyone else but four on each side! On the lower side of the bumper, on the outer areas, the carmaker installed the headlights. From its sides, the car revealed its half-SUV and half-pickup shape. Its four feet bed (1,220 mm) featured a smaller trunk under the floor, on the rear side.

Inside, Hyundai stepped up the game and installed a fully digital dashboard, with a 10.2" TFT screen in front of the driver and a standard eight-inch infotainment display on top of the center stack. A 10.2" touch-screen was available on the options list. Underneath the infotainment display, the carmaker installed another touch-screen for the climate control unit. In their quest for a digital future, Hyundai's designers deleted the volume knobs. For seating, the carmaker installed a pair of bucket seats at the front and a folding bench in the back. The latter featured a lifting system, something like Honda's Magic Seats mechanism, which revealed a few storage areas for items that shouldn't be kept in the bed.

For the Santa Cruz, Hyundai installed a four-pot engine, with or without a turbocharger. Both versions were paired to an eight-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox that sent the power in all corners.

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HYUNDAI Santa Cruz 2021 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.5L 8AT AWD (190 HP)
  • 2.5L Turbo 8AT AWD (275 HP)

HYUNDAI Santa Cruz 2.5L 8AT AWD (190 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L 8AT AWD (190 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Power
139.7 KW @ - RPM
190 HP @ - RPM
187 BHP @ - RPM
Torque
133 lb-ft @ - RPM
180 Nm @ - RPM
Fuel System
Direct injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
DIMENSIONS
Length
195.7 in (4971 mm)
Width
75 in (1905 mm)
Height
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Wheelbase
118.3 in (3005 mm)

HYUNDAI Santa Cruz 2.5L Turbo 8AT AWD (275 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L Turbo 8AT AWD (275 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Power
202.3 KW @ - RPM
275 HP @ - RPM
271 BHP @ - RPM
Torque
310 lb-ft @ - RPM
420 Nm @ - RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic DCT
DIMENSIONS
Length
195.7 in (4971 mm)
Width
75 in (1905 mm)
Height
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Wheelbase
118.3 in (3005 mm)
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