2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz Unveiled: A Bold Refresh Arrives This Summer

The wraps are off! Hyundai Motor Company took the stage at the recent New York International Auto Show to unveil the much-anticipated 2025 Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle (SAV). Marking its global debut, the all-new Santa Cruz promises to redefine the compact SUV segment with a focus on bold design, cutting-edge technology, and features tailored to meet the needs of today’s adventurous drivers.

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XRT Trim Gets Rugged

The 2025 Santa Cruz boasts a lineup of enhancements, with the XRT trim receiving a particularly rugged makeover. This off-road-ready variant features unique front and rear bumper designs for improved approach angle, a new grille, and front tow hooks for added functionality. Exclusive 18-inch wheels with a wrench-inspired design are wrapped in all-terrain tires, further emphasizing the XRT’s capability.

Enhanced Exterior Design

Beyond the XRT’s specific upgrades, the 2025 Santa Cruz features a comprehensively redesigned exterior. A new front fascia sets the tone, introducing a bolder look complemented by a fresh grille design. New daytime running lights round out the more assertive front end. The redesigned look continues along the sides with new wheel designs, adding another layer of visual appeal.

Interior Gets a Tech Boost

The upgraded Santa Cruz interior seamlessly blends high-tech features with increased functionality. The centerpiece is a new panoramic curved display housing an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an available 12.3-inch audio-video navigation (AVN) system, creating an immersive digital experience. For added convenience, the center stack controls have been redesigned with physical buttons and switches for frequently used audio and climate functions. The horizontal and vertical lines of the new instrument panel complement the refreshed exterior design while offering additional storage space, including a new shelf above the glovebox.

New Tech and Convenience Features

The 2025 Santa Cruz boasts a host of new infotainment and convenience features, making every drive more enjoyable and connected. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all trim levels, ensuring seamless smartphone integration. Over-the-air (OTA) software updates allow the Santa Cruz to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. Multiple USB-C ports provide easy device charging, while Bluelink+ Connected Car technology keeps you connected and informed on the go. The innovative Hyundai Pay in-car payment system adds further convenience.

Safety First

Hyundai prioritizes safety in all its vehicles, and the 2025 Santa Cruz is no exception. The suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) includes Forward Attention Warning (FAW) to help keep you alert on the road. Additional safety features will be announced closer to the launch date.

New Color Options and Stylish Interior

The 2025 Santa Cruz offers a wider range of colors to match your adventurous spirit. Rockwood Green and Canyon Red join the existing palette, providing a fresh look for those who want to stand out. The interior complements the exterior with new Medium Gray seating surfaces, creating a stylish and comfortable cabin.

Powerful and Fuel-Efficient Powertrains

The 2025 Santa Cruz offers two engine options to suit your needs. The standard powertrain is a 2.5L direct-injected inline four-cylinder engine producing 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth acceleration and impressive fuel efficiency.

For those seeking more power, the 2.5L turbocharged engine delivers 281 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters, this option provides exhilarating performance without sacrificing efficiency. The 2.5L turbocharged powertrain also introduces a new tow mode for the 2025 model year, perfect for hauling your weekend gear or outdoor toys.

HTRAC All-Wheel Drive

Both engine options can be paired with HTRAC all-wheel drive, providing confidence and capability in various weather conditions. This electronically controlled system distributes torque between the front and rear axles for optimal traction. A Sport mode allows for a more dynamic driving experience by sending additional torque to the rear wheels.

The HTRAC system boasts a wide range of torque distribution, ensuring optimal performance in various driving scenarios, from straight-line acceleration to high-speed cornering and hill starts. The 2.5L four-cylinder with FWD is rated to tow 3,500 lbs, while the 2.5L turbo AWD model offers an impressive 5,000 lbs of towing capacity.

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