We spy the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup truck

The silver two-door Santa Cruz car-truck concept was an instant hit

Hyundai Santa Cruz concept | Hyundai
Hyundai Santa Cruz concept | Hyundai

Santa Cruz is an adaptation of the Santa Cruz concept from a few years ago. The silver two-door car-truck was an instant success. But the production Santa Cruz is nothing like the concept, which is usually how these concept-to-production designs go.

Again, not to complain, but the bed is only a tad longer than four feet long. That’s a pretty short bed. And the front of the bed does not fold down so you can’t haul anything too long even with the tailgate down. 

But that doesn’t mean Hyundai couldn’t have done the Santa Cruz as a two-door. And we get it; we know that four-door pickups sell a whole lot better than two-doors. Honestly, we think that Hyundai made the right move there, not that we’re the major-domo’s of product planning.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

Hyundai ensures its pickup truck is outfitted with a contemporary infotainment system in the form of a standard 8.0-inch or an available 10.3-inch touchscreen. However, we think the company’s decision to omit any physical controls is a misstep. Along with wireless device charging, the Santa Cruz offers wireless pairing for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those who want an upgraded stereo can opt for the eight-speaker Bose sound system. With Hyundai’s Blue Link services, which are provided free of charge for three years, users can start the truck, lock and unlock doors, and more remotely via the Internet, myriad apps, and even Amazon Alexa.

We know it’s easy to render something up

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2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz rear | Hyundai
2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz rear | Hyundai

And yeah, we know it’s easy to render something up and a lot harder to actually get it into development.  However, that is the business Hyundai is in; developing and manufacturing things. In this case, vehicles that serve a purpose. 

Anyway, think about it and enjoy seeing an alternative Santa Cruz with two doors instead of four. Adapting a Tucson crossover into a Santa Cruz makes sense from a parts-sharing perspective. In turn, that makes it worth the still-costly exercise to get it into production. 

A two-door Santa Cruz flies in the face of that, becoming more cost-prohibitive. So in the end it is better to have a four-door Santa Cruz than nothing at all. Still, we can’t stop thinking about the two-door version…


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