After years of waiting, Hyundai’s pickup truck is getting ready to hit the road. The Korean carmaker’s first-ever pickup truck, the Santa Cruz, is expected to be available for sale in late 2021 or early 2022.


This truck will compete with other popular pickups in the same size group, including the Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevy Colorado.    


Hyundai first revealed plans to build a small pickup truck with a concept vehicle at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Ever since, the industry has been anxiously awaiting the Santa Cruz’s debut. It will be built in the U.S. at Hyundai’s Montgomery, Ala., plant, which also manufacturers Hyundai’s Sonata and Elantra sedans.


While many details on the Santa Cruz’s design and capabilities are still under wraps, expect it to boast the latest in Hyundai’s advanced safety, technology and comfort. The Santa Cruz will be a unibody pickup, meaning the body is engineered as one structure and without a frame. It is expected to be built on the same platform as Hyundai’s flagship Santa Fe SUV.


Based on early reports, auto industry insiders predict the Santa Cruz will be capable of towing 5,000 lbs., similar to the Ridgeline. It’s also expected to feature a 2.4-liter and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-fours, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. It will likely sport a four-door, 5-seater cab and a single cargo bed. Car & Driver predicts the starting price will be about $25,000, making the Santa Cruz an affordable alternative to many of its rivals.


If you’re interested in test driving or purchasing the Hyundai Santa Cruz, visit us at Maple Hill Hyundai. As Kalamazoo’s premier Hyundai dealer, our team keeps up with the latest developments about new vehicle releases. We will be able to share the latest information as it becomes available to us.

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