Four years ago, the Koran manufacturer surprised the world with the stunning truck concept called Santa Cruz. Since then, a production version is highly anticipated but the development is taking more time than everyone expected and the reason is quite simple. The segment of the mid-size truck is highly demanding and requires a lot of experience in designing, and Hyundai has never had a vehicle of this kind in its lineup. Therefore, the whole process was pretty cautious and still is. According to the latest reports, the production model will probably come sometime in the next year, as the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz.
At this point, the exact details are still unknown, though we have no doubt that the new model will come in a more unconventional manner, with a unibody platform. Such an approach is becoming more and more popular these days, so we may presume that there will be more and more vehicles of this kind in the future.
2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the main design characteristics of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be its platform. This won’t be a typical body-on-frame pickup truck, rather a unibody vehicle. What does this actually mean? Well, it means a lot in terms of performances and overall driving experience. Practically, count on the same difference that you can see between crossovers and SUVs.
Therefore, the new 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz won’t be as capable as models like Toyota Tacoma or Chevy Colorado, but rather like Honda Ridgeline. The towing capacity will be lower, as well as off-road performances. On the other side, count on a much better on-road ride quality, on better handling, softer ride etc.
In terms of styling, we may presume that the new model will take a lot of inspiration from the 2015 concept. What does this exactly mean, it is hard to say. Probably, we will see a similar overall contour. On the other side, details could change for a bit. The company says that the new model won’t be identical to the concept version. So, we may presume it will be fitted to the company’s latest design language, in practice, this would be the same front end as in models like Palisade, Santa Fe etc.
This is definitely a great thing. These crossovers are pretty fresh and look quite amazing. On the other side, the rest of the vehicle will come in a typical truck manner. Still, we don’t expect that Hyundai will sacrifice comfort for utility. Without any doubt, it will come in some kind of a crew or double cab layout, while the single-row version seems pointless, considering the base design. Also, don’t count on some spectacular bed size.
The interior is still a big mystery. Of course, it is still early for details, but we may presume that most design solutions will be borrowed from existing models. Of course, the new Santa Fe comes to mind first. The popular mid-size crossover has been redesigned recently and now features a completely new cabin. We presume that the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz will feature the same dashboard design. Overall, the Santa Fe’s cabin looks very nice. It features quality materials, which seem nice and durable at the same time, while the list of standard equipment is pretty long. Also, seats are quite comfortable, with good side support, so we expect to see the same ones in the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Of course, we also count on a full load of the latest tech features, including touchscreen interface and other gadgetry and connectivity features. All in all, the new model should be more than ready to compete with the Honda Ridgeline.
2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz Engines
Latest reports are suggesting that the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz will use the same V6 as the Palisade. This means a 3.8-liter V6, which is good for about 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Such amount of power will definitely provide more than a convenient ride quality, as well as solid performances. Still, don’t count on some spectacular capabilities. Due to a unibody design, this pickup won’t be able to tow as many pounds as a typical truck. Most likely, a max towing capacity will go around 5-6.000 pounds.
The company plans to offer this truck outside North America as well. Therefore, count on a diesel version as well. This model will come with a familiar 2.2-liter diesel, which is good for about 200 horsepower.
2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz Release Date and Price
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz is expected to arrive sometime in the next year, though exact details are still unknown. When it comes to the price, we presume that base models will go somewhere between 25.000 and 28.000 dollars. Without any doubt, Honda Ridgeline will be the key rival. Still, it will compete with body-on-frame trucks as well, with models like Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger etc.