Hyundai has announced that production of the 2022 Santa Cruz pickup truck has started at its plant in Alabama. The Santa Cruz is rolling down the same assembly line as the Sonata, Elantra, Santa Fe and Tucson.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz production

“We are excited and honored to be producing Hyundai’s first open bed vehicle for the North American market,” said HMMA President and CEO, Ernie Kim. “The launch of the Santa Cruz is a further testament to the trust Hyundai Motor company puts in HMMA and our Alabama home. I am so proud of our Team Members for accomplishing this achievement while the world is going through such difficult times. We can’t wait for our customers to experience the innovative design and world class quality the Santa Cruz will bring to the table.”

The Santa Cruz is slated to arrive at dealers later this summer. Buyers will be able to choose from two engines, either a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with over 190 horsepower or a turbocharged 2.5-liter with over 275 hp. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard.

Hyundai has not announced the pricing for the Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz will rival the Ford Maverick, which is slated to arrive later this year.