Hyundai has unveiled the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle.
The key feature is the Santa Cruz’s rear open bed, which offers secure, lockable storage as well as integrated corner bumper steps. There’s also a lockable tonneau cover, seamlessly integrated with the overall design of the vehicle.
The 9.5m2 area here should offer enough space for any outdoor adventure.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz has other interesting elements. At the front of the car rests a bold, cascading grille. A skid plate element in the lower front fascia also adds to that adventure-ready look.
The car’s daytime running lamps also present a parametric jewel design with high-tech precision detailing. Voluminous hood and fenders help give the vehicle an imposing first impression.
Large 20-inch alloy wheels with a multi-faceted, triangular design feature on the Santa Cruz. These are surrounded by armour-like wheel arches, conveying the vehicle’s off-road ability.
In the cabin, the Hyundai Santa Cruz sports a dual-cockpit design that encapsulates each passenger.
Hyundai states that particular attention was placed on designing the cabin for ease of ingress and egress and ergonomic comfort on long drives.
An optional 10-inch centre digital cluster display is available. As a practical touch, there is in-cabin storage hidden beneath the rear seats. Completing the premium ambience is an available Bose audio system.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz is offered with two powerful, flexible and efficient powertrains.
The standard powertrain is a 2.5-litre direct-injected inline-4 engine. This unit will offer an estimated 190bhp and 244Nm of torque. It is coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
A more powerful turbocharged 2.5-litre direct-injected engine is also offered. It produces an estimated 275bhp and 420Nm of torque.
This engine is linked to an 8-speed Dual-Clutch automatic Transmission (DCT). Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters will be offered for vehicles with this drivetrain.
Both engine models offer the all-wheel drive capability of Hyundai’s HTRAC system for added confidence when pursuing adventures, or for that extra peace of mind when driving in an unexpected snowfall.
Like that grille but don’t want a ute? Why not check out the new Hyundai Tucson instead?