We are proud to reveal new images of the 2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz SUV. As pronounced by the snapped images, Hyundai seems to be streamlining the lifestyle pickup that would use the same platform with the Tucson crossover. The inbound car-based pickup falls in the same caliber with the Honda Ridgeline.
The automaker started the design overhaul in early August, and it appears they’re close to locking the final design job. The face-lifted Santa Cruz model, which premieres next year, will move the upmarket so it can match the likes of the Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger. A variety of elements will grace this edition, including more aggressive LED lights and the Hyundai’s latest hexagonal grille design. Stronger character lines are equally evident around the arches.
2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz – External and Internal Styling
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz looks a lot more mature and less edgy compared to the current car. However, signature raked windows seem to remain in some form. The Santa Cruz version that we spotted highlights twin exhaust-pipe outlets along with a set of sharp LED tail lamps. Also, the upper-end version rides on sporty alloy wheels that look appealing.
Regarding the interior, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz sports a large and comfortable cabin comprising impeccable add-ons and devices. We expect Hyundai to bring the modern technology and safety system to the buyers. There’s additional space received thanks to shorting the truck.
The supposed space offers much more room for the passengers seated in the third row. It also provides the optional bed for long-distance drivers. We anticipate a slightly lower position of the driver to complement with most modern trucks.
Hyundai is likely to treat the new car’s cabin, so it becomes a more premium territory in the entire vehicle. We are going to find the latest infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connections being availed as standard. Besides, the circa-$60k range-topper receives some partially-autonomous active technology.
2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Engine and Gearbox
The reports we have received indicate that the 2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz gets a significantly revised version of the current 2.2-liter turbo-diesel powertrain. The new engine offers improved emissions and better performance. Reports say the next Santa Cruz version receives a 2.0-liter turbo-four that yields 240 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque as standard. This gas engine is superior compared to those of its contenders.
A naturally-aspirated 3.3-liter V6 with almost 300 horses is another real possibility. Both of these engines will receive either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. And, Front-Wheel Drive and on-demand All-Wheel Drive option will become available.
2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Pricing and Debut
At this point, we’ve not received any word concerning the 2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz official pricing and debut. But, for the record, the Honda Ridgeline starts around $30,415 and tops out at $43,910. More conventional alternatives such as Chevy Colorado start at $20,940, and their prices can stretch as high as $42,000 for top-ranking models.
Therefore, the Santa Cruz model under review is likely to start at $25,000 for entry-level trims. We’re liable to see the new Hyundai Santa Cruz on our roads beginning next year. We will be updating this space with more news as they become available. Stay tuned.