Having launched the Elantra in our country today, Hyundai also unveiled the pickup model Santa Cruz, which it prepared for the North American market. The company believes the new Hyundai Santa Cruz is a model that blends the best of pickups and SUVs.

In fact, we’ve seen the design of the new Hyundai Santa Cruz before. At the front of the vehicle, a design language is very similar to the new Tucson. Of course, the big grille and the lights that appear to be a part of it when closed are the main roles of this similarity. We can say that the design of the bumper with the headlights adds a tough stance to the pickup.

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Hint visuals from Hyundai’s new pickup model Santa Cruz

As the Korean manufacturer has stated before, the unibody Hyundai Santa Cruz’s high shoulder line extends to the rear stops. Wide fenders, black plastic inserts and tinted rear windows stand out in this area. At the rear, there is a large Santa Cruz script, T-shaped taillights and a spoiler with brake light. Rim options ranging from 18 to 20 inches are among the details that complete the design.

Hyundai wanted to create a modern crossover feel in the interior of the new Santa Cruz. A 10-inch digital instrument panel and Bose sound system can also be included in the features for an extra fee in the area with a 10-inch multimedia screen. The solutions of Santa Cruz, where leather seat upholstery also adds premium air, adds a practicality that is difficult to find in crossovers, such as under seat storage space.

When we look at Hyundai Santa Cruz’s safety technologies, we see the basic features such as front collision avoidance assistant, lane tracking assistant and driver attention warning as standard. In addition, features such as blind spot warning system, blind spot camera, safe exit assistant, highway driving assistant, surround view system and rear cross traffic warning are among the security technologies that can be preferred.

The engine options of Hyundai Santa Cruz, which will be sold in the North American market, are also prepared accordingly. The first of the two options is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder atmospheric. The engine, which produces 190 horsepower and 244 Nm of torque, is combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The second option is 2.5 liters but has turbo support. This option produces 275 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque and can be preferred with a double clutch transmission.

The Santa Cruz has an HTRAC all-wheel drive system that can distribute torque between the front and rear wheels. The vehicle, which the company describes as ‘Sports Adventure Vehicle’, or SAV for short, offers a towing capacity of approximately 1600 kg in the atmospheric engine and approximately 2300 kg in the Turbo AWD version.

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