After all the speculations and rumors, it is finally happening, the new 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Version is coming. After being revealed and talked about a lot, we finally got the news that Hyundai is building their flagship. Santa Cruz N Version is competing in the category of small pickups, the only other proper small pickup is the Ford Maverick. But that doesn’t mean they can neglect some aspects of the truck. On the contrary, it has to be perfect in every way to take the crown away from Ford.
Although we have the SAV or the Sport-Adventure Vehicle in the Santa Cruz line, Hyundai decided to introduce another small sporty pickup. It will be interesting to see what type of powertrains will be under the hood of an N line of Hyundai’s vehicles. Hopefully, they introduced some hybrid and electric versions. The competition is not as fierce in other categories but that doesn’t give Hyundai a lot of wiggle room. Read along to find out more about the upcoming small pickup 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Version.
Hyundai Santa Cruz N Version Interior Features
Sporty pickups should have sporty interiors. When we step inside the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Version we can see that it is spacious. This is not expected as the pickup itself isn’t very big. But Hyundai moved things around and had some great design and ergonomic ideas and ended up in an interior that is noteworthy for sure. Starting with the seats, they are inspired by sports and rally seats which can be a good thing of course. Those seats are keeping the driver and passengers comfortable for long periods of time. Something you definitely wish for in a truck that can go off-road or you might use for a long time at work. Designers will add contrast stitching, which adds an upper-class feel. There is a choice of leather, suede, and fabric so you can further customize your truck.
Also, we are still uncertain about the color palette from which we can choose the interior colors. The instrument panel is spanning from side to side and it really gives a feeling of open space and not a crowded interior. Also, there are leather and chrome accents on the panel and the whole cabin. This adds some luxury to the already nice-looking cabin. It is sure to catch some eye and we will have to wait and see how it fares against other interiors in the same class. There are a number of buttons on the steering wheel, this makes things easier while driving and you don’t have to look to the side when changing something.
This improves the safety aspect by far. Something else that makes the truck safer is the artificial intelligence software that is there to aid drivers. Systems like these are quite popular nowadays and are scientifically proven to save lives in dangerous situations. We get a central infotainment system, hopefully, it is at least 10 inches in size, perhaps bigger would be overkill since the truck itself is somewhat small. There is room for five people to sit comfortably with plenty of wiggle room.
On the outside, we can already see how special the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Version really is. It reminds us of a sporty SUV with a long tail. On the front, we see a recognizable Hyundai mesh. It is quite big, we can only assume it is done to improve air circulation under the hood and keep things cool. This allows drivers to push their pickups to the limit without having to worry about overheating issues. The mesh is made from lightweight materials and this further improves the power to weight ratio. Wheels are the same story, they are lightweight and look sporty. The tires aren’t beefy, so we can assume that this version isn’t going off-roading too often.
However, Hyundai might offer a different trim that will have it equipped for an off-road adventure. Headlights are something quite fresh in the whole industry. There are several of them stacked on top of each other and are linear. It makes the new 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Version look like it belongs on a racetrack. The ride height isn’t too big, perhaps that should change in the future. But again, if you aren’t hauling too much cargo or going off-road there might be no need for a tall ride. The whole truck is sleek and has a lot of curves. No blocky build for this pickup. This vastly improves ergonomics and aerodynamics further improving performance and fuel economy. Not to mention that it makes the truck look contemporary and modern
Engine Produces Around 300 HP
As far as powertrains are concerned, we have two options. The first one is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that boasts around 200 horsepower. Buyers can opt for a turbocharged version that bumps that number up to 275 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It has an 8-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. With this beast of an engine, you can tow 5500 pounds.
But the N version is sporty and we hope that Hyundai will introduce a more powerful engine into the lineup. Perhaps one of these engines can be combined with a battery pack for a hybrid variant. Hybrids are proven to be powerful and can save a lot of money on gas. Also, an all-electric truck is possible, just look at the F-150 Lightning. It is just a matter of what Hyundai is ready to do.
2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Version Price and Release Date
We are expecting to see the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz N Version hit the road sometime in late 2022. Probably last quarter, or perhaps early 2023 depending on pandemic issues that are pushing dates back further. The starting price should be around $40000, this can spike up if you choose some nice amenities for your truck.