The Hyundai Santa Fe receives significant updates for the 2021 model year.
Changes happened in the cabin, outside and under the hood. A new platform allows to accomodate battery packs for hybrid models.
The exterior upgrades include a broader three-dimensional grille, a T-shaped LED illumination signature, a new silhouette with “a horizontal cabin profile, scalloped lower door panels and a long, highly-defined hood.”
The interior got a new design of center stack and console.
A new Calligraphy trim level tops the range now. It features unique 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a color head-up display, expanded ambient lighting, a new 2.5-liter 277-hp turbo engine with revised 8-espeed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Under the hood, a four-cylinder 191-hp engine with displacement of 2.5 liters now comes instead of the previous 2.4-liter one. It is 1 mpg more efficient (26 mpg combined).
The company adds hydrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Santa Fe for 2021.
The first is powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with a turbocharger, and an electric motor. The total power output is 225 hp. All-wheel drive is standard for the Santa Fe Hybrid. It arrives in the first quarter of next year.
As for the plug-in hybrid Santa Fe, the details about it are still unknown. It will possibly use the powertrain similar to the one the 2021 Kia Sorento PHEV has.
The plug-in hybrid Hyundai Santa Fe will reach American dealerships someday in 2021. Both hybrid models will be built in Korea.
The gasoline-powered U.S.-spec 2021 Santa Fe will be available for sale later this year. Hyundai makes it at its factory in Alabama. Pricing will follow closer to the on-sale date.
The current 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe costs between $26,275-39,575.