US-built 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup teased in front of r 15 debut


If you can’t beat them, build pickups to join them. That’s what Hyundai does with it Santa Cruz pickup, Preview in 2015 by a Concept of the same name and confirmed on Wednesday for a debut on April 15th.

The 2022 Santa Cruz will be built at Hyundai’s Montgomery, Alabama plant starting this summer, which means the first samples should be in showrooms by the end of the year.

Hyundai will spend $ 410 million on upgrades at the plant to support Santa Cruz and create 200 direct jobs. The flow-on effect at suppliers and logistics companies is expected to create a further 1,000 jobs in the region.

Located in the Montgomery facility are Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe, and new 2022 Tucson are screwed together, with the Tucson in particular lending the Santa Cruz its foundation. This means that we are dealing with a car-like unibody construction (as opposed to a truck-like body-on-frame construction). Honda is doing the same for its Ridgeline pickup, which is related to the pilot crossover, and Ford also has a small, car-based pickup in front of them be called an outsider.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz espionage footage - Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz espionage footage – Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz espionage footage - Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz espionage footage – Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz espionage footage - Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz espionage footage – Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

A unibody platform for the Santa Cruz would be just as unsurprising, as Hyundai said when unveiling the Santa Cruz concept that the vehicle is not an alternative to traditional pickups because it has no priority for towing, payload or ground clearance. Rather, Hyundai said it aims to appeal to crossover buyers who want the added value of a bed without having to opt for a truck.

One aspect of the Santa Cruz concept that is unlikely to be produced is the powertrain. The concept 2.0-liter turbodiesel is likely to be put on hold due to the impact of the emissions scandals following the 2015 reveal. It is possible that a diesel could be offered in other markets, as Hyundai is doing with the Santa Fe, though the automaker remains quiet about selling the Santa Cruz outside of the US

At some point, we can expect options with naturally aspirated and turbo-4 engines, as well as a possible hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain, as can be found in the 2022 Tucson, for example. We can also confirm that all-wheel drive will likely be included as standard.

Hyundai has seen a decline in U.S. sales since peaking at 768,057 units in 2016. This is due to a sedan-heavy setup and the lack of a pickup. The balance sheet in 2020 was 622,269 units. The automaker is turning the ship around with new additions like the Kona, Palisade and Venue crossovers and now the Santa Cruz pickup.

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