The Koreans presented a new model Hyundai Santa Cruz – the first serial pickup in their history, which they call the “Sport Adventure Vehicle”. The key sales market for the car will be the United States, while the company is not going to compete with the leaders of this class.
The new Santa Cruz was built on the basis of the 4th generation Hyundai Tucson crossover, while in size it is noticeably inferior to other players in the compact pickup segment, which in the States include the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma.
At the front, the Hyundai Santa Cruz 2021 resembles the original Tussan with a similar design of the unusual radiator grille and optics, however, both the grille itself and the front bumper are original here. The car is offered only with a two-row cab, while the wheel arches here are made of a round shape, the discs can be from 18 to 20 ″ in diameter.
At the stern of the pickup, there are unusual lanterns with stretched sections that go aboard. Also on board the model name is displayed in large letters. The cargo platform has a length of 1,323 mm, the compartment itself is equipped with a sealed cover. A bicycle does not fit completely into such a body, so when transporting a two-wheeled friend, its front wheel hangs over the side, but there is a special mount for this.
The interior of the new Hyundai Santa Cruz turned out to be a little doughier than the original crossover, but the design of the front panel completely repeats that on the source. There is the same electronic tidy on a 10.25-inch display without a visor, and the center console is devoid of physical buttons. The multimedia also has a 10.25 ″ screen, and a touch-sensitive climate control unit is located under it.
For a surcharge, the pickup offers adaptive cruise control, all-round cameras, a sunroof, “leather” interior, electric drive and ventilation of the front seats, remote engine start function, etc. The base has an automatic braking system and a plastic niche under the rear sofa for storage small things.
Like Tussan, the Santa Cruz pickup has a structural body, a transverse engine and coil-spring rear suspension, but the wheelbase has been stretched from 2,755mm to 3,005mm. The total overall length of the car is 4 971 mm, width – 1 905, height – 1 694. In the base, the car is equipped with an all-wheel drive transmission HTRAC with a rear axle clutch.
As power units for the Hyundai Santa Cruz 2021 in a new body, two gasoline engines are proposed. The base 2.5-liter aspirated GDI will make 193 hp. and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It is paired with a 280-horsepower 2.5 T-GDI turbo engine, which is equipped with an eight-band robot with two clutches.
The release of the model starts in the summer of the twenty-first year, the production of cars will be established at the brand’s enterprise in the US state of Alabama, the start of sales overseas is scheduled for autumn, there is no information on prices yet. The company does not specify which other countries the pickup will be delivered to.