2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Specs we'd like to see in the Philippines

Updated Apr 27, 2021 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

Hopefully, we’ll receive just as many onboard toys as the Yanks.

Hyundai Philippines has hinted that the all-new Santa Cruz might be coming to the Philippines. Emphasis on might be. This is because of the car brand’s Instagram post that sorts of gauging the local market’s interest in the Santa Cruz. So yeah, fingers crossed. 

That said though, what kind of specs can we expect if Hyundai did decide to bring the Santa Cruz to the Philippines?

A picture of the Santa Cruz in the desert

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

For starters, we’re expecting that the top-spec local variant will have a comparable set of onboard features as the North American version. We’re talking about the same multi-tier storage bed, 10-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a digital gauge cluster, driver-assist features, and adaptive cruise control. 

We’re thinking however that the Hyundai Blue Link won’t be making it to the local market. For those unaware of what this is, it’s a smartphone app that allows users to remotely start, and unlock the Santa Cruz. Why not? Well, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) is yet to introduce this technology to the local market. Then again, who knows for sure at this point.

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A picture of the  Santa Cruz's bed and storage

This will have a lot of potential uses, that's for sure

When it comes to engines, the upcoming US-spec Santa Cruz is getting two engine options. A turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline, and a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-4. The turbocharged gasoline mill is expected to be able to make up to 275 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. The naturally aspirated gasoline engine, on the other hand, can produce 190 horsepower and 244 Nm of torque. 

A picture of the Santa Cruz's turbocharged engine

The 2.5-liter turbo for the US-spec Santa Cruz

For the local Santa Cruz, we’re guessing that we’re getting the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-banger. Sure, the turbocharged mill sounds exciting, and numbers-wise can beat the stuffing out of local truck models, but the non-turbo engine is just more realistic.

Mind you, a turbocharged model will typically cost more than a naturally aspirated engine and Hyundai Philippines might want to make this new model more accessible to more prospective buyers. In short, they’d want to keep it affordable.

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A picture of the rear-quarter panel of the Hyundai Santa Cruz as it travels on a road

Unlike the usual midsize pickup truck, the Santa Cruz uses a unibody frame

As said, we still aren’t sure if the all-new Hyundai Santa Cruz is indeed coming to the Philippines. HARI is yet to confirm its local launch. Also, the specs for a hypothetical PH-spec Santa Cruz mentioned here are purely speculative, and our guesses might turn out to be far from reality.

Regardless, we’re hoping that we’ll be receiving the same number of goodies as the yanks when it comes to this new Hyundai model. 

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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