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2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz Debuts As Updated Ford Maverick Foe

Following its debut for the 2022 model year, the Ford Maverick is in line to receive a refresh for the 2025 model year, as Ford Authority previously reported. In fact, to date, Ford Authority has spotted a handful of 2025 Ford Maverick prototypes, giving us a sneak peek at some of its new features and possible configurations – including its new infotainment screen and a potential performance variant, to boot. However, the Maverick’s chief rival – the Hyundai Santa Cruz – is also getting a refresh for the 2025 model year, as Ford Authority reported a little over a month ago – and now, the 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz has officially debuted.

The 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz is – as expected – being treated to a revised front fascia, grille, and daytime running lamps that somewhat mimic the Tucson that it’s based on, but those changes also give it a bolder, more muscular appearance. Additionally, Hyundai has given customers two new exterior color choices – Rockwood Green and Canyon Red – along with new wheels designs, to boot. Meanwhile, the more rugged XRT trim is receiving a bit of a reboot with new bumper designs, a unique grille, and 18-inch wheels wrapped with 245/60 all-terrain tires.

Inside the cabin, the 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz gets a handful of revisions as well, including Medium Gray seating surfaces, a new instrument panel and curved panoramic display housing an optional, larger 12.3-inch digital cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment screen, new physical controls for the HVAC system and audio/video/navigation functions, a revised steering wheel design, new air vents, and a rear seat center armrest with a pair of cupholders. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard across the lineup, too.

The 2025 Hyundai Santa Cruz powertrain lineup remains unchanged, meaning that customers get two choices – the 2.5L four-cylinder producing 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, or the turbocharged 2.5L I-4 that generates 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, paired with eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Pricing for the refreshed model has yet to be announced, but it’s expected to launch this summer.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Null98115

    Incredible to me that they are not offering a hybrid or PHEV version.

    1. John Hutton

      What he said.

  2. 19BULLITT

    Still waiting for a 2.3T Maverick ST


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