The Hyundai Santa Cruz is a mid-compact pickup truck that is being sold in the US and Canadian markets, being derived from the new generation Hyundai Tucson.
Produced in Montgomery, Alabama, Santa Cruz takes the first name given to Brazilian lands, officially discovered by Portugal in 1500, but it is also a beach county in California, hence its name.
Although Santa Cruz can also be associated with Brazil, the Hyundai pickup has not yet come, although it has been used as a benchmark by Stellantis, in Betim-MG, to make the Ram 1200.
Developed to be a leisure vehicle above all else, it embodies many elements of the Tucson, sharing the US assembly line with it.
With solutions to expand versatility, Santa Cruz is a less determined rival of Ford Maverick, having sold just over 36,000 units in 2022 against more than 74,000 of the Mexican pickup truck.
Hyundai Santa Cruz – details
The Hyundai Santa Cruz has an expressive look, with LED daytime running lights integrated into the grille and lower-positioned headlights, and 18- or 20-inch wheels with 245-series tires.
Bringing a high waist and pronounced bucket with 765 liters, including a watertight compartment on the floor, the Santa Cruz pleases in the proposal.
It also has a multilink rear suspension, while the interior can have a digital and multimedia cluster with 8 or 10.25-inch screens.
Only the driver’s seat can be powered, with custom fabric or leather seats, as well as a full-size power sunroof and rear-seat storage.
It also has a Bose sound system, noise cancellation and steering wheel with paddle shifts, adaptive cruise control, bucket lid with cushioning, among others.
See also all the details of the Ford Maverick pickup in Brazil
Hyundai Santa Cruz – versions
- Santa Cruz SE 2.5 GDi AT
- Santa Cruz SEL 2.5 GDi AT
- Santa Cruz SE 2.5 GDi AT AWD
- Santa Cruz SEL 2.5 GDi AT AWD
- Santa Cruz Night 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD
- Santa Cruz SEL Premium 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD
- Santa Cruz Limited 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD
Hyundai Santa Cruz – equipment
Hyundai Santa Cruz SE 2.5 GDi AT – 2.5 GDi engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, plus LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED flashlights, bucket with plastic protection, cushioned lid, 18-inch alloy wheels and alarm.
Electric steering, air conditioning, multimedia with 8-inch screen, Android Auto and CarPlay, reverse camera, fabric seats, driver’s seat with height adjustment, multifunctional steering wheel, knife key, electric windows, electric locks, cruise control and twilight sensor.
Traction control, stability control, trailer control, descent control, ABS brakes, dual airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags, 245/60 R18 tires, watertight compartment in the bucket, green windows, collision alert, automatic braking and gradient windshield.
Santa Cruz SEL 2.5 GDi AT – Items above, plus BlueLink, remote start, face-to-face entry with push button start and driver’s seat with electric and lumbar adjustments.
Santa Cruz SE 2.5 GDi AT AWD – SE items, plus AWD HTRAC drive system.
Santa Cruz SEL 2.5 GDi AT AWD – SEL items, plus AWD HTRAC drive system.
Santa Cruz Night 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD – Items above, plus 2.5 T-GDi engine and 8-speed DCT transmission, with darkened visual package, darkened interior, 20-inch wheels, 245/50 R20 tires, steering wheel with paddle shifts, adaptive autopilot, multimedia with 10-inch screen ,25 inches, automatic air conditioning, digital cluster, among others.
Santa Cruz SEL Premium 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD – Items from SEL and above, except the Night package, with full LED headlights, digital key, among others.
Santa Cruz Limited 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD – Items above, plus Bose sound system, blind spot alert, noise cancellation, electric sunroof, leather seats, among others.
Hyundai Santa Cruz – prices
- Santa Cruz SE 2.5 GDi AT – $25,700
- Santa Cruz SEL 2.5 GDi AT – $27,200
- Santa Cruz SE 2.5 GDi AT AWD – $28,190
- Santa Cruz SEL 2.5 GDi AT AWD – $29,690
- Santa Cruz Night 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD – $36,060
- Santa Cruz SEL Premium 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD – $37,600
- Santa Cruz Limited 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD – $40,570
US dollar prices in 2023.
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The Hyundai Santa Cruz is equipped with a Smartstream G2.5 engine in two versions, one aspirated and the other turbocharged, both with direct fuel injection.
With 2,497 cm³, the four-cylinder engine has an aluminum block and cylinder head, employing a chain-driven variable valve timing system.
In the case of the aspirated, the characteristic of the Smartstream G2.5 is the Atkinson cycle and the high compression ratio, having no less than 13:1, the same as the MA20-FXE 2.0 of the national Toyota Corolla.
Available in SE and SEL versions, Hyundai’s 2.5 GDi delivers 194 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 25.0 kgfm at 4,000 rpm.
For its use in Santa Cruz, only the eight-speed automatic transmission with torque converter is accepted, with an option for AWD traction that can be turned off.
The Smartstream G2.5 T-GDi has a much better preparation, using a turbocharger and intercooler, in addition to other improvements compared to the aspirated 2.5.
With that, it reaches 281 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 43.0 kgfm from 1,750 rpm to 4,000 rpm, ensuring elasticity and efficiency, thanks to the high torque.
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- Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5 GDi AT – 9.2 seconds and ND
- Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5 GDi AT AWD – 9.7 seconds and ND
Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD – 6.0 seconds and 214 km/h
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- Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5 GDi AT – 9.4/11.0 km/l
- Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5 GDi AT AWD – 8.9/10.6 km/l
Hyundai Santa Cruz 2.5 T-GDi DCT AWD – 8.1/11.5 km/l
|Hyundai Santa Cruz – technical sheet||Motor||2.5 GDi|
|Type||number of cylinders||4 in a row|
|4 in a row||Displacement in cm3||2497|
|direct, turbo||Maximum power||194 hp at 6,100 rpm (petrol)|
|281 hp at 6,000 rpm (gasoline)||Maximum torque||25.0 kgfm at 4,000 rpm (gasoline)|
|43.0 kgfm at 1,750 rpm (gasoline)|
|8-speed dual-clutch automated|
|Traction||Type||front or integral|
|brakes||Type||Front and rear discs|
|Front and rear discs|
|Wheels and tires||Wheels||18 inch light alloy rim|
|20 inch light alloy rim||tires||245/60 R18|
|1,695||Between axles (mm)||3,005|
|765||Fuel tank (L)||67|
|67||Load (Kg)||795 (FWD) 690 (AWD)|
|730 (AWD)||Weight in running order (Kg)||1,680 kg (FWD), 1,759 (AWD)|
|1,870 (AWD)||Aerodynamic coefficient (cx)||NA|
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