1.5 Lift, Bigger Tires, Skid Plate
Hyundai is returning to the Rebelle Rally, taking part in this year’s race with a custom-designed Santa Cruz pickup showcasing off-road modification and a personalised livery.
Hyundai had to make only “minimal” changes to get the Santa Cruz ready for the rally. The truck was outfitted with larger 17-inch Falken Wildpeak A/T3W off-road tires, which were said to “enhance ground clearance”. Additionally, a Truxxx lift kit was installed, raising the front and rear by 1.5 and 1.0 inches respectively.
The vehicle has a skid plate and an exclusive front bumper to hold the Rally Innovations frontal support with add-on lamps. On the roof, Santa Cruz boasts of crossbars, an add-on from Hyundai Real Accessory, and a rooftop-mounted blaze light. It is accessorized with a custom wrap crafted by Matt Marble, the senior outfit design specialist at Hyundai Design North America and Kellen Gustine, his junior outside designer.
The beefed-up Santa Cruz is set to compete in the X-Cross classification alongside other robust competitors, like Kia’s freshly released Telluride X-Pro. On this SUV, there is a 1.5-inch lift and BFGoodrich T/A K02 tires, 18-inch wheels, as well as tow hooks, helping it achieve a generous 10 inches of clearance from the ground.
Hyundai focused attention on the Santa Cruz’s sturdiness this past year by divulging the new XRT option for 2024. It comes equipped with enhanced fender edgings, sideboards, bed bars, and exterior decors.
The pickup offers two powertrain possibilities, the most strong being the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It puts out 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. It is bestowed with an all-wheel propulsion system as well as the auto-maker’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Additionally, Hyundai gives the truck with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter plant which yields 191 hp.
Last year, Hyundai was in the running for the Rebelle Rally with a modified Santa Cruz. Once again, veteran automobile experts Jill Ciminillo and Kristin Shaw have been given the reins to operate the truck. Previously, they had joined forces in this endeavor in the same model.
This current year’s rally is the eight commemoration since it was born in 2016. It begins on October 13, with drivers traveling through 1,500 miles of California wasteland just by using a compass and paper maps. The regulations require that all contesting vehicles disconnect their antennas in order to take out GPS as the system isn’t allowed and using of any devices connected to the internet are disallowed.