2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz First Look, Price, Release Date

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The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will finally arrive in the near future. This pickup truck faced some difficulties as the approval for production came in 2016. Moreover, Santa Cruz was on the verge of releasing but then the company’s CEO got replaced. Now, Hyundai finally gave a green light and the sales will start in 2020.

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will largely depart from the concept. Departing from the concept does not only includes different powertrain option or slight exterior changes. No, we are talking about Santa Cruz becoming a four-door/five-seat model. The exterior will looks very stylish and clean, while the interior delivers upscale features and materials. Performance-wise, a diesel engine from the concept is a possibility for now.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz exterior is based on the upcoming Hyundai Tucson

The Korean automaker is willing to deliver astonishing pickup truck to the markets. The exterior of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will deliver extremely modern design. The stylish appearance with the crossover-like styling cues is the best combination for this pickup. Moreover, Santa Cruz will be based on the upcoming Hyundai Tucson that will also arrive in 2020. Moreover, it will use its platform. On the other hand, the company will largely depart from the original concept, when it comes to exterior design.

That means the upcoming Santa Cruz could become a four-door model. Releasing this pickup in 2017 failed, so now is time for something new and better. The competition is tough, so some radical moves are logical. This styling is not revolutionary but it is unique for sure. Expect numerous trim levels and different cab configurations.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz interior

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz offers luxurious interior

The interior of the all-new 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will also depart from the original concept. With that in mind, we don’t have so much interior information. We said that numerous trim levels will be available. That means the luxurious interior will happen and the upper trims will offer leather upholstery and other upscale amenities.

The base model will deliver a similar list of standard features as the Tucson model. That includes at least one large display, storage bins, and the latest phone integrations. Expect the optional wood trims, ambient lighting, premium audio system and much more. More importantly, Santa Cruz will become a four-door pickup truck and the interior will accommodate five persons.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz side

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz powertrain options

The original concept showed a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit under the hood. This diesel drivetrain can produce up to 190 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. We still don’t know in which way will this truck depart from the concept. But the latest speculations are saying the 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will borrow the engine from the Santa Fe model.

If the rumors are true, a 3.3-liter powertrain would be a huge addition. This powertrain delivers 285 horses and more than decent fuel economy. Moreover, the sale is still one year away so new engine choices are highly possible.

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz rear

2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz price and release date

It is hard to determine the price of the model that will arrive next year. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Cruz will surely cost somewhere around $30,000, more or less. This pickup will go on sale in Australia firstly, and after that, in other countries, including the U.S. The sale will start later in 2019.


The forthcoming 2020 Santa Cruz will look to rival numerous established models. Two years ago, research was showing the possibility of Santa Cruz selling over 50,000 units. Further researches said the sale could reach almost 70,000 sold units. With those numbers, Santa Cruz would easily beat the rivals such as Honda Ridgeline and GMC Canyon.

However, Nissan Frontier comes with better sales and then there is Chevy Colorado that is dominating the segment. Moreover, Ford Ranger is coming, along with the Jeep Wrangler. Even Volkswagen’s Tanoak is ready for the markets. However, Hyundai is willing to make a standout in the unibody pickup truck segment, but the 2020 Tucson is still the company’s leader.

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