Among the of series announcements made by Hyundai this week – for instance the unveiling of the 2022 Tucson, and the plan to expand the offering of N and N Line models – is one many have been waiting for for years: the Santa Cruz, a much-anticipated pickup truck first presented as a concept in 2015, will be ready by next year.
The future rival to Honda’s Ridgeline is was part of a series of models, both new and current-but-renewed, that the Korean automaker plans to roll out in the coming months. Specifically, the Santa Cruz will be presented next year.
The 2022 Santa Cruz will be built at Hyundai’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama, where the Elantra, Sonata and Santa Fe are assembled. It’s expected the Santa Cruz will borrow the chassis of the next-gen 2022 Tucson introduced this week.
As part of the announcement Hyundai confirms that the pickup will benefit from a unibody structure, similar to Honda's Ridgeline model, which itself is based on the Pilot SUV. Meanwhile, Ford has also promised to launch an even-more-compact car-based pickup.