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Teaser Sketches Of The Hyundai Santa Cruz “Sport Adventure Vehicle” Just Dropped

The 2022 Santa Cruz is a Mid-Sized Pickup That Has Been Mixed With an SUV/Crossover

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz teaser sketch

Production on the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz pickup doesn’t start until this summer. The latest teaser sketches just dropped and show off much of what to expect. Mid-April we’ll get the full unveil.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz teaser sketchUntil then we’ll have to stare at these teasers and speculate a bit longer on what this “sport adventure vehicle” (Hyundai’s marketing term for it) is all about. What we know is that it will be a 4-door AWD unibody pickup with a secure and configurable open bed design. It will also no doubt be loaded with the latest safety and driver assistance tech, along with loads of LED lighting. Those are just features that are now expected on every vehicle by North American buyers.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz teaser sketch

“Santa Cruz, with its bold styling, breaks open all-new segment territory, both for Hyundai and the industry as a whole. Open-bed flexibility coupled with closed-cabin security meets the changing everyday needs of its adventure-oriented buyers, while powerful and efficient engines and superb maneuverability ensure it is a pleasure to drive in urban or off-road environments. Our customers will wonder just how they managed before owning one,” said Jose Munoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz teaser sketch

Of course, the one real competitor to the Santa Cruz already on the market in North America is the Honda Ridgeline. The Ridgeline has built this segment of the market in this part of the world, and has seen solid sales numbers.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Debut

The live digital premier of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be held at HyundaiUSA.com at 9 am PT on April 15th. We should know more about power, performance, features, interior, and pricing at that point.

Bryon Dorr
About Bryon Dorr

AutoWise Editor-in-Chief Bryon Dorr has been a lifelong automotive enthusiast. From the supercar posters on his childhood walls to the massive Hot Wheels/Matchbox collection, Bryon has been dreaming about automotive adventures his entire life. For the past decade+ Bryon has pursued a career in automotive photography and journalism. He's worked for a wide range of the top outlets in the overland, off-road, adventure motorcycle, and general automotive media. His current household automotive quiver includes a custom overland 2013 GX460, a 2020 Ioniq Electric, and a 2006 KTM 950 Adv. He recently sold his 996TT, and is on the hunt for a new performance car.