When Is The Hyundai Santa Cruz Release Date?

As the first-ever pickup truck to grace the Hyundai lineup, it's no surprise that the details about the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz (including the Hyundai Santa Cruz release date) have been a well-kept secret. However, we are hill to spill the tea about everything we know about this new pickup truck. The concept vehicles have been spotted around the United States, and production in America has officially begun.

While there is no exact or official Hyundai Santa Cruz USA release date set, the team at Hyundai has confirmed that the vehicles will go on sale for pre-order in the next couple of months. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is expected to be available at dealerships in late 2021 or early 2022. Just like you, we can hardly contain our excitement. Read on to learn more about the specs, design, pricing, and other details on the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz!

The Background

The idea of a new Hyundai pickup truck has been in talks since the concept for the Santa Cruz was debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Since then, the Hyundai engineers and designers have been hard at work creating a pickup truck based on the impressive prototype released in 2015. Automotive enthusiasts were thrilled when Hyundai announced that the factory in Alabama began production this year.

Hyundai invested an incredible $410 million just to start production of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. This funding helped to expand production lines and add new equipment needed for this pickup truck. Again, there is no set Hyundai Santa Cruz release date, but we do know that Hyundai boldly aims to distribute 50,000 to 70,000 units in the first year and go up from there.

The Details & Concept

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is expected to share the same formatting as the 2022 Hyundai Tucson. This means it will have a car-like unibody construction instead of a typical, more-truck-like frame. These details are on par with what Hyundai revealed when they announced the concept in 2015. The goal was to have the Hyundai Santa Cruz be more of a family-oriented truck rather than a work-horse truck. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be great for drivers who want the traditional attributes of an SUV but want the versatility and space that comes with an open bed.

Although it will be powerful and capable, it is said that Hyundai isn't focusing on towing or payload. Rather, it is focusing on appealing to crossover customers who want to get more cargo room without opting for a giant pickup truck.

The Specs

Again, very few details have been revealed about the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. However, with a car in the works for this long, you can expect it to have the latest and greatest technology. Car & Driver says you can expect smartphone connectivity, a premium sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

The 2015 concept also had ideas for an innovative cargo bed. The bed would be able to extend for additional space and would come with many tie-down hooks. We don't know if these attributes made it to the actual vehicle, but it is rumored.

The Powertrain

According to Car & Driver, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is expected to get two engine options that are both paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engines are a 2.4L and a turbocharged 2.0L. This makes sense given that the pickup truck is expected to share a platform and parts with the Hyundai Sante Fe SUV. Of course, the pickup truck is expected to have more power and torque than the midsize SUV. Front-Wheel Drive will likely be standard, and an All-Wheel Drive system will be available.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior & Exterior Design

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has a design and looks like no other pickup truck on the market. It has a broad grille, T-shaped LED lighting, large wheels, and other unique details. Apparently, there will be four doors, but there are talks that the two back doors will be particularly narrow. As far as the interior goes, we expect that you will be able to sit 5-6 people, but there are few details out about the cabin.

If you're wondering about the trim levels, you can expect to see the general Hyundai trim names you see on their other vehicles. You will likely see the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz in an SE, SEL, Sport, Limited, and Ultimate trim. Again, we won't know until they make their way to dealerships in the United States!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz

How much will the Hyundai Santa Cruz Cost?

Hyundai is known for its affordable vehicles. Most automotive experts expect that the Hyundai Santa Cruz will be available for a starting MSRP of around $25,000, however the Hyundai website has yet to confirm this. This makes it considerably cheaper than other similar pickup trucks it would keep with. Although we don't have an exact Hyundai Santa Cruz price, the mid $20,000s is an estimate as it is expected to be priced slightly higher than the Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs.

How many passengers does the Hyundai Santa Cruz hold?

According to MotorBiscuit, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will hold five passengers in two rows. The most current pictures show four doors on the cab of the pickup truck, which does seem to back up this claim. Most trucks with four doors can seat either five or six people. You'll be able to pack your friends in the cab and anything you want to bring along in the bed!

Get Your Hyundai Santa Cruz with Jim Ellis Hyundai in Atlanta, GA

At Jim Ellis Hyundai, we are clicking our pens, tapping our toes, and staring at the clock in anticipation of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz. We are excited for this innovative pickup truck to hit our stores. If you have any questions about how to pre-order this vehicle or when you can get more details, our Hyundai specialists will be happy to speak with you. Once this vehicle is released, we hope you will visit our dealership for test drives, leasing, and purchasing!

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