Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup revealed with smart covered bed

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Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup revealed with smart covered bed


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Hyundai is big on its new little pickup.

The automaker has unveiled the next Alabama-built Santa Cruz compact pickup, which goes on sale this summer.

The unibody model is about a foot shorter than most current small pickup trucks and about the same length as a Hyundai Palisade SUV.

The four-door bed has a four-foot bed that extends up to six feet with the tailgate lowered and features an under-floor storage bin and integrated lockable tonneau cover.

The Santa Cruz comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available with the choice of a 180 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 180 lb-ft or 2.5-liter torque. turbocharged 275 hp. four-cylinder engine rated at 310 lb-ft.

Both are mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions and the all-wheel-drive versions have towing capacities of 3,500 pounds and 5,000 pounds, respectively.

Automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist are included, while adaptive cruise control, Hyundai lane-centric on-road driving assistance, blind spot monitor and camera 360 degrees are part of the optional driving aids.

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The Santa Cruz will be the smallest pickup in the United States when it goes on sale, but will likely face stiff competition soon afterwards when Ford launches a compact model that is expected to be called the Maverick later in. the year.

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Hyundai will launch a reservation system for the Santa Cruz at the end of April, while official fuel consumption and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production in June.

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