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April 16, 2021—Hyundai just released its Santa Cruz "sport adventure vehicle," which is a sort of compact SUV with a small truck bed in back.

Debuting in the 2022 model year, the Santa Cruz is a new model that borrows a lot from the Tuscon SUV. The company said in a press release that it's marketed toward consumers who live in urban areas and take adventure trips during their off time.

The Santa Cruz will feature a 2.5-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine, as well as a turbocharged variant. The power is rated at 190 hp for the former and 275 for the latter. The transmission is an eight-speed automatic. Both variants have all-wheel-drive standard.

Expect to see a lot more attention on this oddball model in the near future.

 

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