Hyundai Santa Cruz: What You Need To Know

Hyundai Santa Cruz

Sports-Adventure Vehicle Hyundai Santa Cruz

Hyundai motor company soon be launching a segment shattering vehicle – Hyundai Santa Cruz. In addition, the company is creating an entirely new segment called Sports-Adventure Vehicle. This segment will shatter SUV and truck segments while creating an entirely new vehicle category.

Santa Cruz DRL
Santa Cruz DRL

Furthermore, the open bed configuration will create flexibility and utility. Such a configuration is use full for carrying diverse gears for any adventure. This multi-utility vehicle will create its own footprint. Hyundai Santa Cruz will stand apart with its superior maneuverability. In addition, sophisticated design and powerful power trains give great driving pleasure in urban or adventures terrains. The close cabin security and the open bed configuration will satisfy the demands of adventure vehicle buyers.


First of all, Santa Cruz is a sports adventure vehicle. Consumer research shows people need vehicles that can accommodate urban and adventure environments. People living in urban areas want to escape on weekends to any adventure. So, they need to carry various types of adventure gear. Hence, an open bed will satisfy such a need.

In addition, the open bed setup is also helpful to carry any gear in urban environments. The Santa Cruz features an open bed area that includes a lockable tonneau cover. It also includes hidden bed storage. Thus, people can carry occupational or work gear. People still want the security of SUVs, passenger space, comfort, and fuel efficiency. Here the Santa Cruz has all the ticks. Additionally, it also meets expectations of parking ease. All in all, it’s a great package for adventure-seeking individuals.

Hyundai Santa Cruz Exteriors.

The most noticeable feature in the front of Santa Cruz is the hidden lighting signature. This lighting signature is visible only when illuminated. These are nothing but DRL’s. The DRL’s feature parametric jewel design. All new cascading grille with skid plate element in the lower side creates a bold styling.

Furthermore, the A and C pillars show faster forward and rearward rakes than any ordinary pickup. The 20-inch alloy wheels with a triangular design resonate with off-road potential. The bodyside volumes, along with triangular surfaces, create their own character.

Santa Cruz Rear
Santa Cruz Rear

In addition, the T lighting signature at the rear makes Santa Cruz different from anything else on the road. The rear lockable tonneau cover merges seamlessly with the design. The corner bumper steps also fuse with the design very easily.


The interiors are more sophisticated and show a high level of refinement. The rugged and refined design pattern matches very well with exteriors. The design brags technical ambiance and will surely appeal to those who appreciate technology.

Santa Cruz Interiors
Santa Cruz Interiors

Furthermore, the interiors feature a dual-cockpit design. The design has also focused on the comfortable movement of passengers in and out of the cabin. The 10-inch immersive edgeless infotainment screen at the center has high visibility with ease of operation. The center digital cluster display is also available as an option. The Bose audio system enhances the cabin environment with premium sound.

Santa Cruz & Power:

The Hyundai Santa Cruz offers two flexible power trains to choose from. The standard powertrain includes a direct-injected in-line four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine. It creates 190 plus horsepower with 180 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with eight-speed hydraulic automatic transmission. The other option is a 2.5-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine. This engine produces 275 plus horsepower with 310 lb-ft of torque. It also comes with eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This DCT also includes paddle shifters for manual shifting control.

Furthermore, the eight-speed transmission provides easy and crisp gear shifting. So, you get an engaging and efficient driving experience. This transmission adds the ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds. So, you get extra thrust and a quieter efficient trip. The multi-disc hydraulic channel torque converter improves responsiveness.

In addition, both the engine options come with HTRAC all-wheel-drive system. The all-wheel drive ensures complete peace of mind irrespective of the terrain condition. The HTRAC AWD is a multi-mode system. The system provides an electronic variable torque split clutch. It also features active torque control between the front and rear axles. So, the extra torque will be given to the rear axle in sport mode, giving a more agile and dynamic experience. The system has a wide range of torque distribution. Thus, you can tune the setting as per terrain conditions.

The 2.5-liter standard engine has a towing capacity of 3500 LBS. The 2.5-liter Turbo engine has a towing capacity of 5000 LBS.

The Technology & Safety

The Hyundai Santa Cruz offers exceptional maneuverability. Thanks to the turning radius of just 20 feet. The short overhangs, shorter wheelbase, and wide track create a planted stance. As a result, you will get exceptional tractability, agility, and confidence in any environment. In addition, the wide all-season all-terrain tires boost confidence in harsh environments.

In addition, Santa Cruz also offers a wide range of safety features. The standard features include Forward collision avoidance assist, Lane-keeping Assist, and Driver attention warning system. The optional features include Blind Spot collision avoidance, safe exit assist, surround-view monitor, blind-spot view monitor, highway drive assist, and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist.

Furthermore, Santa Cruz also offers a range of connectivity features such as android auto and apple car play. Wireless charging is also provided for on-the-go charging. The Hyundai Digital Key app is also available at your disposal. So, you can share your key with family and friends very easily. The navigation system onboard offers split-screen functionality for multi-tasking.

Additionally, Santa Cruz also offers Hyundai’s blue link connected car system. This system includes the remote lock & unlock with climate control. The stolen vehicle recovery is also available. You can also search your destination via voice. So, you get a lot of convenience with Bluelink.

In conclusion, Hyundai Santa Cruz opens up a new segment in Industry. It offers a lot for adventure enthusiasts to escape the urban jungle.

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