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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Features, Powertrains, and Colors Detailed

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 5/6/2021 Joey Capparella
a car parked in a parking lot with Holden Arboretum in the background: Although pricing hasn't been announced, we now know what's available for the pickup's SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited trim levels. © Hyundai Although pricing hasn't been announced, we now know what's available for the pickup's SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited trim levels.
  • Hyundai has shared more details about the Santa Cruz pickup's features, colors, and powertrains.
  • The SE and SEL models have a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four, while the SEL Premium and Limited have a more powerful turbo version of that engine.
  • Pricing has not yet been announced but the Santa Cruz is expected to go on sale this summer.

Hyundai's first pickup truck, the 2022 Santa Cruz, will come in four trim levels, six exterior colors, and with a choice of two available engines. Although we still don't know how much it will cost, a configurator tool on Hyundai's website provides some information on the four trims—SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and Limited—and what's available for each model.

The SE and SEL models come standard with front-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four engine with a claimed 190-plus horsepower. This provides 3500 pounds of towing capacity and a 1748-pound payload rating. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on the SE, while the SEL adds proximity-key entry, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, and blind-spot monitoring. All-wheel drive is optional.

The higher SEL Premium and Limited models come with a more powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four that Hyundai says will make 275-plus horsepower. Hyundai claims a tow rating of up to 5000 pounds with this engine. This powertrain uses an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and also comes with either standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The SEL Premium includes features such as LED headlights and automatic climate control, while the loaded Limited adds a premium audio system, a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, and cooled front seats.

a person sitting on the seat of a car: 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz seats © Hyundai 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz seats

Exterior colors include Ice White, Phantom Black, Hampton Grey, Sage Gray, Blue Stone, and Desert Sand. So far we've only seen the Santa Cruz's black interior color scheme but a light-colored interior is also likely to be offered.

Hyundai is currently taking reservations for the Santa Cruz, which require a $100 deposit. More information, including pricing and EPA fuel-economy ratings, should be coming soon.

Video: First Look: The New 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz (Motor Trend)


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