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Hyundai Unveils Bolder, More Capable 2025 Santa Cruz

Redesigned exterior, new infotainment system, and enhanced safety features for 2025 model year.

  • Hyundai unveils redesigned 2025 Santa Cruz with enhanced off-road capabilities and tech at New York Auto Show.

  • Features new exterior design, XRT trim for off-roading, panoramic display, and standard wireless connectivity.

  • Maintains 2.5L turbo engine, introduces safety and convenience tech, with summer launch and new color options.


Hyundai took the wraps off an aggressively redesigned 2025 Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle at the New York International Auto Show, boosting the truck’s off-road prowess and tech features.

The Korean automaker has updated the Santa Cruz’s exterior with a new front fascia, grille, wheel designs and daytime running lights for a more muscular, planted stance. An XRT off-road trim level receives additional upgrades like unique bumper designs, all-terrain tires and an increased approach angle for better clearance over obstacles.

“We wanted Santa Cruz to be more capable, and the available XRT trim delivers with all-terrain tires, front tow hooks and improved off-road capability,” said José Muñoz, Hyundai’s global chief operating officer.

Inside, the Santa Cruz gets a major tech overhaul anchored by a panoramic curved display housing digital instrument and infotainment screens up to 12.3-inches each. The layout features new physical buttons and switches for audio and climate controls.

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration comes standard, along with over-the-air software updates and new convenience features like a digital key, fingerprint scanner and integrated memory system for driver preferences.

2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Photo: Hyundai

On the safety front, Hyundai is adding Forward Attention Warning to detect driver inattentiveness or fatigue.

Under the hood is a carried-over 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and standard all-wheel drive with a torque-vectoring rear differential. A new tow mode enhances hauling capability, rated at up to 5,000 pounds.

The Santa Cruz’s revamp aligns with the growing demand for versatile crossover trucks that can readily transition between urban commuting and outdoor adventures. Hyundai says it fortified the vehicle’s rugged bona fides while maintaining its car-like handling and open-bed utility.

“Customers are going to appreciate all the new design details and enhancements inside and out. Santa Cruz is a true sport adventure vehicle,” Muñoz said.

Pricing will be announced closer to the Santa Cruz’s summer launch. Two new colours, Rockwood Green and Canyon Red, expand the palette alongside an available two-tone gray and green interior.

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