Hyundai Santa Cruz Returns to Rebelle Rally with Rugged Upgrades

Hyundai Santa Cruz Returns to Rebelle Rally with Rugged Upgrades

This toughened-up Santa Cruz will compete in the X-Cross class, facing off against other formidable contenders, including the recently unveiled Kia Telluride X-Pro. Kia’s offering boasts a 1.5-inch suspension lift, BFGoodrich T/A K02 tires, 18-inch wheels, and tow hooks, providing it with nearly 10 inches of ground clearance.

Hyundai had previously emphasized the Santa Cruz’s ruggedness by introducing the new XRT trim for the 2024 model year, featuring fender flares, side steps, bed rails, and trim garnishes.

Under the Santa Cruz’s hood, you have two powertrain options. The more powerful choice is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, delivering 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. It comes with an all-wheel-drive system and Hyundai’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Alternatively, you can opt for the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine producing 191 hp.