2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz Gets Refreshing Updates and More Tech

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Hyundai has unveiled refreshing updates and advanced technology for its Santa Cruz pickup truck, positioning it as a better-suited competitor in its unique segment. Introduced at the New York Auto Show, the facelifted Santa Cruz showcases a blend of exterior refinement, interior enhancements, and performance upgrades, particularly with the introduction of the XRT trim designed for off-road enthusiasts.

Under the hood, the Santa Cruz maintains its powertrain options, featuring two 2.5-liter engines. The naturally aspirated variant delivers 191 horsepower, while the turbocharged option boosts power to 281 horsepower. Notably, the turbo variant now offers a new tow mode, catering to those seeking enhanced towing capabilities. Additionally, all-wheel drive options provide improved traction for various driving conditions.

The exterior receives a facelift across all models, including redesigned front grilles, updated headlights, and expanded color options. The XRT trim stands out with exclusive styling cues such as distinct bumpers, grille design, and rugged 18-inch wheels fitted with all-terrain tires. Performance enhancements include an increased approach angle, enhancing the Santa Cruz’s off-road capabilities.

Inside the cabin, Hyundai has focused on modernizing the Santa Cruz’s interior, taking inspiration from the Tucson SUV. A panoramic curved display dominates the dashboard, featuring integrated screens for digital clusters and infotainment systems. Practicality is improved with added storage space and redesigned controls for user convenience. Rear passengers benefit from a new armrest with cupholders, enhancing comfort during long journeys.

Technological advancements include standard wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, alongside over-the-air updates for continuous improvement. The Digital Key 2 Touch system offers advanced security features, allowing owners to start the vehicle using biometrics. Safety enhancements such as Forward Attention Warning ensure a vigilant driving experience.

The 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz is set to arrive at dealerships in the summer, with pricing expected to be comparable to the previous model. As it competes primarily with the Ford Maverick, Hyundai’s updates position the Santa Cruz as a compelling choice for customers seeking a versatile and technologically advanced pickup truck. Additionally, with potential competition from upcoming models like the Ram Rampage, the pickup truck market promises to remain dynamic and competitive in the years to come.


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