So, what will power the Santa Cruz N? The Veloster N and Kona N each use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is smaller and less torquey than the 2.5T unit in the Santa Cruz. It wouldn’t make sense for this engine to appear here, so Hyundai would likely need to tune the 2.5T to produce a higher output. In models like the Sonata N-Line and Kia K5 GT, it produces 290 hp, while the Genesis version produces 300 hp. So expect something similar for the Santa Cruz N.
Inside, the Santa Cruz has a techy cabin, but Hyundai could dress it up a bit with some N bits, such as blue stitching, more aggressive seats, a different shifter, and a head-up display. Even if Hyundai doesn’t go so far as to build a Santa Cruz N, perhaps it will introduce a sporty appearance package like the Tucson N Line. There is no pricing available on the Santa Cruz but we expect it to range between $25,000 to $35,000. If the N model could slot in around $40,000, it would be a tremendous value.