Creating fun for every functionality, could be the best thing we can say about the exclusivity the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz shows. It is a pickup truck that surprisingly brings in the best of many worlds, including the utility of a truck along with the drive thrill of a crossover.
New for the year 2022, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is currently occupying the center of a Venn diagram of sedans, crossover SUVs, as well as pickup trucks. So, the 2022 Santa Cruz has all the right things, like sharp looks, a compelling maneuverability, with a bed that can be separated from the cargo and from the cabin, demonstrated the sales staff of the Diamond Bar Hyundai dealer.
What Makes the 2022 Model Year Edition Special?
The new upcoming 2022 model year edition of the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup truck series shares a platform with its own crossover sibling Hyundai Tucson like its off-road drivabilityand its square-box design that is more inclined towards the pickup category. The front end of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz wears a step like grille that nestles ina pair of daytime running lights. The2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz maintains atasteful exterior profile with textured black cladding that runs over the rockers while its available 20-inch wheels a better ride height that includes the bumpers with integrated bed steps, to allow ease of access.
However, the last year edition of the Hyundai Santa Cruzdidn’t have the required depth or length that we have seen in other trucks, but we can expect the 2022 model year edition tocome with six inches deeper bed storage with a drain plug while one can also sign up for the available bed extension accessories, if so required. It is heard that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz with come with some clever storage pockets inside its cabin, after splitting it into 60/40- ratio. But it can be flipped up to a seat-length revealing a bigger storage cubby.
An8.0-inch touchscreen systemwith a touch-capacitive climate control panel is housed in a wall of a high-glossed black plastic. However, one can upgrade to a larger 10.3-inch touchscreen display which is available with latest connectivity features.
As per the information shared to us by the Hyundai dealer Diamond Bar, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz sets up its standard powertrain with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that can make 191 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque after mating with an 8-speed automatic transmission that relays the engine power to the front-wheelsand can tow up to 3,500 lb. but you can always get it configured as all-wheel drive with an increased towing capacity of 5,000 lb.
The other available power variant is the 2.5-liter turbo-4 engine that is fixedas an all-wheel drive configuration as standard that best suits the 2022 model year edition of the Santa Cruz pickup truck series. This variant makes 281 hp and 311 lb-ftof torque with minimal turbo lag after pairing to the same 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that are usually used in Hyundai’s own N variants made for extra performance but with a different set of tuning.