Hyundai finally launched the pickup truck. But, more modifications are on the way. The 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz Hybrid it the next step in the evolution of the vehicle. The Korean company made a stunning announcement a few years ago. But, they are growing fast and the arrival of the Santa Cruz truck is not a big surprise. Still, this is a unibody pickup and many doubt in its future in the US. But, the hybrid model can change things around.
There is no too many non-BoF trucks available. Before the 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz, there were only Honda Ridgeline and Ford Maverick. It seems that the small truck market is growing and more companies will start building those vehicles. Until then, the Santa Cruz is in the pole position.
New for 2024: Hybrid Engine
Rumors about such a truck are hot. Well, many other mid-size trucks are about to be hybridized, but no company is unveiling plans or details. But, it is evident that such setups are the future of the industry. The 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz Hybrid will probably use the same engine as the base for the new configuration. In a combination with an electric motor, a 2.5-liter unit can burst more power and deliver a better gas mileage. As a small city pickup, those are the most important details from the specs sheet.
There are two standard engines for the 2024 Santa Cruz. A 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated version can produce 190 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. Buyers choose between front and all-wheel drive. A turbocharged model cracks 280 hp and 311 lb-ft. All-wheel drive is standard, as well as the 8-speed automatic transmission. The towing capacity of 5,000 lbs is not competitive with most of the mid-size pickup trucks in the market.
Models and Features
The 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz SE is not coming with an impressive equipment. An 8-inch touchscreen display is the center of the infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Safety features are not bad, including forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, blind-spot intervention and a rear cross-traffic alert. The SEL adds heated mirrors, keyless entry, and heated fronts buckets.
Also, you are eligible to purchase Activity or Premium packages. The first one comes with cargo bed tonneau cover, moonroof, LED lighting in bed, and wireless smartphone charging. Premium bundle delivers advanced options, such as leather steering wheel, large screen, navigation, adaptive cruise control. Also, this model is using a turbocharged engine.
Next, we have the Santa Cruz Limited, with full leather upholstery, Bose audio, ventilated seats, and adaptive cruise control. Optional upgrade is the Night package with unique parts, all blacked-out.
2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz Pricing
The base price of the 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz starts from $27,000. The most expensive configurations will be around $45,000. The new price list will also depend on the hybrid engine. According to estimations, it might add about $3,000 to the trim levels where it is going to be available. still, the most expensive versions will feature a turbo-four engine.