Here is the 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz, slightly revamped on the outside and a little richer in the cabin. The small pick-up retains its previous engine choices, but the focus is on the XRT trim. When it debuted in July 2023, it was a purely cosmetic package.

Now things have changed, though not too much. For a start, all Santa Cruz 2025 models benefit from a small but significant facelift.

Design novelties

A new grille composed of rectangular cutouts sits atop a slightly revised lower fascia. The sloping V-shaped grille has disappeared, replaced by straight lines and symmetrical shapes that give the Santa Cruz a more pick-up truck-like appearance. We can't help but wonder how much the boxy nose of the Ford Maverick influenced Hyundai's designers, but it was clearly a focal point for the Santa Cruz update. Apart from the new wheels and the XRT's special rear fascia, the front end is the only change on the outside.

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Speaking of the XRT, Hyundai has installed all-terrain tyres to help keep the pick-up off the beaten track. Previously, the XRT fitted the same road tyres as the other trims. The grille has a special design and the front and rear fascias are specific to the XRT for a better off-road angle of attack. Obvious red tow hooks have been added at the front and the XRT version is fitted with specific 18-inch wheels.

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Revolutionised interior

When it comes to the interior, the changes are much more noticeable. The new dashboard takes its cue from the recently updated Tucson, with a curved panoramic screen incorporating the driver and central infotainment displays. Each is available in sizes up to 12.3-inches, set in a new dashboard with a shelf above the glovebox. In the centre is a set of tactile controls for audio and climate settings, while the gear lever is still in place. A new steering wheel has also been added, again similar to that of the Tucson.

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

The interior upgrade is accompanied by more technology. Over-the-air updates are now possible and you will find Apple CarPlay/Android Auto wireless on all trims. Bluelink+ connected car technology has been included, along with Hyundai Pay payment systems. Hyundai's Digital Key 2 Touch allows you to lock or unlock the vehicle with your smartphone, and for safety, Forward Attention Warning has been added. If you choose the XRT, you'll also get Surround View and Blind-spot cameras as standard.

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

European engines too

Under the bonnet you can choose between two engines. The 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 191 bhp is the standard version and powers both front and full-wheel drives The more powerful version is the 2.5-litre turbo which delivers 281 bhp and 422 Nm of torque. It is linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and, on the XRT or Limited trims, the turbo offers a new towing mode for up to 2,268 kilograms.

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

Hyundai Santa Cruz XRT 2025

The Santa Cruz 2025 will arrive in US dealerships this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. For reference, the Santa Cruz 2024 starts at $28,275 (about £22,400 at current exchange rates) including delivery taxes. The top of the range is the Santa Cruz Limited, with a list price of $42,695 (£33,800).

Gallery: 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz