Thursday, April 15, 2021

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: official pix...











After so many years (I think it's been over 18 years now) of seeing spy shots, we finally get to see the real thing. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup is finally here.
And I think it looks really cute. It also seems quite small. 
With a short bed and not much rear-seat legroom.
It is about 15 inches shorter than the Honda Ridgeline. And its bed length is 48.5 inches, instead of 63.5 inches for the larger Honda.
The base engine is Hyundai's familiar 2.5 Liter engine with 190HP and the 2.5 Turbo with about 275HP is an option. As well as AWD. Towing is up to 5000 pounds with the more powerful engine.

Pricing is not available yet.

I think this looks cute and fun and is really a cool throwback to small pick-ups from decades ago. It'll be interesting to see how popular it gets...
 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks great! The in-bed trunk is cool. I wonder if it has any rear-seat flexibility tricks: Do the bottoms fold up? or do the backs fold down? If this is popular enough, do you think Subaru could bring back the Baja (hopefully better-looking)?

Anonymous said...

Vince, the thing I like the most is the size, not too big.
This size is for people that need a pick up truck to do errands and pick up plants, sheetrock on Home Depot once in a blue moon. At the same time to be gas efficient, good mileage.

I wish Hyundai uses their 1.6 turbo instead of the boring 2.5 engine.

This truck reminds me of the VW, Isuzu and other small trucks from the 80's.
I love the Toyota Tacoma, a great truck but too big for me, specially when I test drove one, the hood was too big for me. Just my opinion.

I can't wait and drive this truck.

Tony F

Adrian said...

I like it a lot. We need smaller, capable trucklets.. not everything needs to be the size of a Ford F150... this needs to be priced right, meaning $25-$33K similar to the Tucson. Even better if they can go lower!

Very cool graphics on the radio interface, like the amp tube digits.

BillyM67 said...

I think you meant Santa Cruz, not Santa Fe😂

Soul2Stinger said...

FINALLY! Is it time to admit that trucks are just raised up sedans?

Unknown said...

The back seat bottoms fold up, it has a secondary storage space and jack kit underneath.

FFEMT6 said...

I am seriously considering this for my next vehicle and first "truck," if you can call it that, ever. Probably not in the first model year however. Seems Hyundai may have stolen the Ridgeline's in bed trunk though.

Doug said...

This looks great. Since it's basically a Tucson with a bed, it should be priced similarly.

Captain Midnight said...

Why would they change it to a 4-Door from the concept? Is there a 2-Door option with small fold down rear seats. Why make an unusable small rear seat area, when they could have made the pickup up longer and the front 2 doors bigger? It seems the missed the whole point of what people liked about the concept.

Anonymous said...

The bed can be completely closed with the shutter roller pulled and locked to the rearend.

Anonymous said...

This almost looks like a raised sedan. Similar to the Rolls-Royce truck concept.

Anonymous said...

Very clever of Subaru to make a truck that can fit just one mountain bike. When you and a buddy want to take a ride together you’ll each need to buy your own Santa Cruz.

Anonymous said...

Can you roll down the rear window?

Mayc said...

Y'all chill. This is a prototype according to Hyundai, there will be some changes to increase its utility. Let's see how Kia will counter.

Anonymous said...

The bed seems completely useless. At least the Subaru Baja had a pass thru to the cab. Without that or a roll down window like the Explorer Sport Trac, they have just created a toy truck.

Anonymous said...

At least the rear window can be rolled down but I didn't see any news on the pass-through.

Bulldawg Fan said...

I read the rear window will have a slider (like other trucks), not roll up & down.

Anonymous said...

Bulldawg, if it is one solid piece of glass (as shown in all the photos), where is it supposed to slide to? Other than down, of course.