What i know – hey everybody, i'm tom volk – and this is a preview of the santa cruz, not a review, because while i have sat in it – and i have talked to the engineers i wasn't allowed to drive it also – i wasn't allowed to photograph it in this Building that's just right over there, but i have handout video and i can tell you all about it. For example, it looks great in the flesh, it doesn't have the creased look of the newest generation, elantra or tucson. The lines are very flowing and overall, the balance looks good. The folks at hyundai say it was given more of a crossover look inside and out because a lot of the intended customers were used to that kind of appearance plus much of the time it will be used in the city. There'S, a built in lockable tonneau cover a couple: small storage cubbies in the four foot bed and hidden lockable storage that has a drain, plug it's, watertight and will store, say two backpacks with laptops in them. There are all sorts of textures and details once you get closer and i like that, the rear bumper has a foot cutout, something that chevy has done for years. Look. This is not intended for the jeep wrangler crowd, okay, it's more of a soft rotor, but it does have capability. Santa cruz is built on the same architecture as the hyundai tucson, but it's much larger.
The wheelbase has been stretched. Some 13 inches it's, also more capable tucson can tow around 2 000 pounds. Santa cruz up to 5, 000 and standard are self leveling shock absorbers in the rear. Hyundai is very proud that the santa cruz was designed in california and manufactured in the u.s that four foot bed takes on stuff needed for a fun weekend like camping gear and a couple mountain bikes. If you think the santa cruz is going to be a dud, because the subaru baja didn't exactly shake up the market, my opinion is no. The santa cruz is much better. Looking much more integrated the baja sort of looked like an outback with the back end chopped off and the baja also suffered from a lack of power. There are two engine choices right out of the gate. With the santa cruz the base engine is a 2.5 liter. Naturally, aspirated 4 cylinder making an estimated 190 horsepower and 180 pound feet of torque. It gets an 8 speed, hydraulic automatic transmission there's, also a 2.5 liter turbo four cylinder. With an estimated 275 horsepower and 310 pound feet of torque. It gets an 8 speed. Dual clutch automatic with paddle shifters, both engines will be available with h, track all wheel, drive it's a multi mode system with an electronic variable, torque split clutch, with active torque control between the front and rear axles. Hyundai designed this vehicle to move seamlessly between urban and wilderness settings and when you see it in person, you'll see that it does that very, very well.
The interior is essentially the same as a tucson which looks very rich and modern, it's, not trucky at all. Again. Hyundai is trying to make this relevant to people that really know and love crossovers. I sat in the back seat and it's, not bad at all, with decent headroom. This will be a comfortable rig for four adults and their gear. The sunroof that i saw was standard sized, not a large, panoramic roof. Santa cruz is coming to a hyundai dealership near you. In the summer of 2021., there have been no prices announced. This seems to be the year for alternative pickups. There is the ford maverick coming that is the world's worst kept secret. Remember this is a preview, not a review check out my regular reviews, they're much better shot.