New 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz could make a huge return in the near future. This pickup lived through rough days due to poor sales before it got replaced. Now, it seems like everything is ready for the comeback. New pickup won’t be based on the original concept and it will largely depart from its predecessor. That includes both visual appearance and mechanical details.
The 2021 Santa Cruz will hit the roads as a four-door model and a room for five. This pickup will look cleaner and definitely more stylish. Interior will get numerous tech updates and the cabin will be truly modern. Under the hood, Hyundai will most likely offer both gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
New Look of the Santa Cruz Pickup
Santa Cruz’s concept was a boxy pickup that didn’t look modern at all. For that reason, the upcoming 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be something totally new. This time, we can expect a more angular approach with better styling and a sportier vibe.
Hyundai will deploy numerous crossover-like cues. Whatsoever, Santa Cruz will be based on the Tucson SUV. Two models will even share the same platform. This pickup will be a four-door model and there will be three cab configurations to choose from.
Tucson-Based Interior Design
Not so many details are available at this moment when it comes to interior. So far, speculations are the only source of information. Instead, we will use logic to deliver at least some of the details. For the start, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz is based on the Tucson model. Knowing that pickup will borrow a lot of interior cues from its SUV sibling. That includes the displays, accents and possibly an upholstery.
On top of that, upper trim levels will use the same ambient lighting, sound system, and safety aids. The pickup will surely host chrome and wood trims and there will be a room for five persons. Leather upholstery and other luxury are standard on the range-topping trim level.
Gasoline and Diesel Specs
Perhaps the biggest update over the previous generation is the diesel engine. Still, the forthcoming 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz will offer 3.3-liter V6 gasoline as standard. This unit is capable of producing 295 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
A new 2.0-liter diesel will deliver 195 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of twist. The same four-cylinder engine will offer better tow rating and above-average fuel economy figures. As for the standard V6, this unit is borrowed from the Santa Fe model. Moreover, it can tow around 5,000 pounds.
2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz Price and Release Date
Unfortunately, the starting price isn’t a category that this pickup should be proud of. The all-new 2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz will cost around $30,000. This pickup truck will go on sale in the second half of 2020. Whatsoever, it will firstly arrive in Asia and Australia. Europe and some other markets could expect new Santa Cruz at the beginning of 2021.