It’s still up in the air whether the Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup will share a platform with the new 2022 Tucson or the refreshed Santa Fe. The likelier of the two seems to be the Tucson, based on the spy photos and word from Hyundai itself, though KDesign AG on Blanche.net has a series of unofficial renderings that give the new pickup the Santa Fe’s design cues.
Spy photos have shown that the pickup will feature a split-headlight design, and that’s present in the renderings. The truck in the rendering also features thin-slit daytime running lights sitting above rectangular headlights that flow into the large grille. Triangular intakes flank the lower bumper, which is trimmed in chrome, just as it looks on the 2021 Santa Fe. A full-width taillight spans the tailgate and Santa Fe-inspired taillight shape with more chrome accents at the rear. Spy shots have shown Hyundai keeping the rear-end hidden.
Gallery: Hyundai Santa Cruz Renderings
Back in September, Hyundai Motor Group Head of Global Product Management said that the pickup would be based on the 2022 Tucson, though Hyundai wouldn’t clarify when contacted. If the Santa Cruz shares parts with the Tucson, then the Tucson engines are likely to power the pickup, too. That’d give the pickup the choice of either a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre or an optional turbocharged 1.6-litre hybrid mill. Inside, the Tucson base should give the Santa Cruz a nicely appointed interior with the latest technology, including a 10.3-inch centre infotainment screen and a digital instrument cluster.
There are rumours that it could get the Palisade’s 3.8-litre V6 that makes 290 bhp (216 kilowatts), which would help it compete against staples like the Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline. However, the Tucson platform with the four-cylinder engines makes us think the Santa Cruz could be better suited competing against the Ford Maverick, a new light truck from the Blue Oval that’ll ride on the same platform as the new Kuga/Escape and Bronco Sport. It’d lineup perfectly against the Santa Cruz.