We are just about a week away from a reveal more than five years in the making. Hyundai will officially take the wraps off its compact pickup truck April 15th. It’s releasing a few teaser sketches ahead of its anticipated debut. In our eyes it’s a pickup, but for the record, Hyundai calls it the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle. It says the 2022 model, that will ride on an all-wheel drive platform, will “break new ground within the SUV, Truck and Crossover segments by offering a new category of vehicle unlike anything else in the U.S. market.”
Hyundai says it will offer powerful and efficient powertrain options, a flexible open bed for gear, cutting-edge connectivity and a “highly maneuverable all-wheel drive platform that is equally at home in urban and adventure-focused environments.”
“Santa Cruz, with its bold styling, breaks open all-new segment territory, both for Hyundai and the industry as a whole. Open-bed flexibility coupled with closed-cabin security meets the changing everyday needs of its adventure-oriented buyers, while powerful and efficient engines and superb maneuverability ensure it is a pleasure to drive in urban or off-road environments. Our customers will wonder just how they managed before owning one,” said Jose Munoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America.
The Santa Cruz concept was first introduced back in 2015. Production finally begins at Hyundai’s Montgomery, Alabama this summer. We’ll bring you more pics and details following next week’s reveal so stay tuned.