The last year’s model brought a new generation of Santa Cruz and surprised the whole car industry. The upcoming 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz will offer mild changes to the interior and exterior. And we don’t expect any big changes. The upcoming Santa Cruz will offer the same boxy but futuristic design, and it will keep the good sides of the previous models. This mid-size SUV will seat up to 7 people, and it will offer plenty of customization options.
The upcoming model should keep the same engine lineup, and we don’t expect any changes under the hood. For the interior, we expect to see a few small changes, including a redesigned dashboard and a new info-intertainment system. We expect to see small changes, like new premium color options. New rim design. And new safety features, including new Hyundai safety software.
2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz Hybrid
The hybrid model should come at the end of 2024. With a starting price of around $43,000.
The hybrid variant will be equipped with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that will be paired with a small electric motor. Together, they will produce around 220 horsepower with 250 pound-feet of torque. This engine will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that will offer smooth shifting, which will help this model achieve excellent fuel efficiency. We expect to see up to 28 MPG in the city drive.
This model will come with all-wheel drive and a special, unique suspension that will be reserved for this model.
The hybrid variant will also feature small upgrades on the exterior and interior. Starting with a front facia that will get a more aerodynamic look that reduces drag resistance. Also, it will feature unique rim options. We expect to see a few hybrid badges on the exterior of the vehicle. For the 2025 model year, there will be premium color options that are reserved for a hybrid model. The interior hybrid will also get some small changes, including new seats. New car software and a premium info-intertainment system will be paired with a 6-inch touchscreen that will be used for climate control.
2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz Interior
The interior of the upcoming 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz will range from basic to near-luxurious. The Se trim will be the starting trim for this SUV, and I will offer 3-row seating with leather seats. 12.3-inch digital touch screen for the info-intertainment system. Hands-free liftgate open and all modern connecting features like Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The next in line, the Sel trim, will get heated front seats, a wireless charging pad, and roof side rails. Also, this model will be equipped with a premium sound system. The most expensive trim, the XRT, will offer 18-inch rims as part of standard equipment and a premium navigation system. And it will come with off-road-focused exterior improvements. The interior of this model will offer plenty of luxurious materials, premium tech, and safety features.
2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz Specifications
The standard model will come with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that will produce 280 horsepower with 320 pound-feet of torque. This powertrain will be paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and standardly, it will come with a front-wheel drive. But some models, like the XRT, will come equipped with an all-wheel-drive system.
The 0-60 for will be 7.6 seconds, and the maximum speed will be electronically limited to 130 miles. The gas mileage is also worth mentioning, and it will be around 25 MPG for a combined drive.
The model that will be equipped with a stronger engine will offer 3500 pounds of towing capacity, and the hybrid variant will weigh 2000 pounds.
The XRT trim will also get upgraded offroad suspension that will raise this model to 1.8 inches and improve its departure and approaching angle. This model will also get 18-inch rims that will be wrapped in all-terrain tires. Standard lower-end trims will come with 17-inch rims.
Price and Release Date
The upcoming 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz should be released in the second quarter of 2024, and we expect to see hybrid variations at the end of 2024.
The starting price of the basic variant will start at $36.000 and go up to $45.000. The hybrid model will start at $43.000 and go up to $47.000 for top-tier trim with all additional equipment.
The competition for this model will include a Honda Ridgeline and a Nissan Frontier. Both of these models will come with similar specs and prices. But thanks to its appealing exterior and hybrid powertrains, we expect the 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz to achieve good sales results.