We were captivated at how the 2021 Santa Fe looks like when Hyundai revealed it last month. You just can’t help but notice the Santa Fe’s new fascia, which looks bolder, more aggressive, and sharper. It is as if the 2021 Santa Fe is ready to strike its segment rivals.
Hyundai’s midsize SUV now sports a wider grille, a more muscular bumper, and a new headlight design that is integrated with T-shaped daytime running lights. The fascia of the 2021 Santa Fe shares similarities to its bigger sibling, the Palisade. As such, we find the Santa Fe’s front end to be bolder and more composed as compared to its predecessor.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe looks good in white
The sharp styling cues can also be seen at the Santa Fe’s side and rear. Fitted with a set of sleek 20-inch wheels and equipped with distinctive taillights, this Santa Fe can be mistaken as a Euro SUV. It looks great when you look at the vehicle’s press photos, but it’s more awesome when the latest Hyundai Santa Fe model is seen in metal.
Good thing, a YouTube video from Asian Petrolhead’s channel gives us the chance to see the 2021 Santa Fe in the metal. The video was shot in Hyundai Motor Studio in Goyang, Korea, and the host gives a walkthrough of the essential things the Santa Fe can offer. Check out the video below.
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In addition, Hyundai has also revealed the Santa Fe’s new engine options, which includes two hybrid drivetrains, and a diesel power unit.
The first among the bunch is the new 1.6-liter T-GDi turbocharged gasoline ‘Smartstream’ engine that is integrated with a 44.2 kW electric motor, drawing power from a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. This power unit setup delivers an output of 227 hp and 350 Nm of torque.
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The second option comes with the same engine size but has a larger 66.9 kW electric motor, drawing its power from a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. This power unit delivers 261 hp and 350 Nm of torque.
Lastly, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe can be equipped with a 2.2-liter ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine that generates 199 hp and 440 Nm of torque.
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe also gets an engine update
We have yet to hear from Hyundai Philippines as to when the new Santa Fe will debut in the market. Considering the country’s current situation, we hope that we can see the 2021 Santa Fe soon.
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Know more about Hyundai Santa Fe 2023
The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe is a seven-seater midsize crossover. It assumes a front-engine, front-wheel drive layout. Locally, the new Santa Fe’s sole variant is the GLS 2.2R CRDi DCT, which is priced at Php 2,420,000.
Size-wise, the Philippine-spec Santa Fe is 4,785mm long, 1,900mm wide, and 1,710mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,765mm, and a ground clearance of 176mm.
Under the hood of the Hyundai Santa Fe is a 2.2-liter turbodiesel mill that can produce up to 200 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Locally, the Hyundai Santa Fe competes against the likes of the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-8, Jeep Cherokee, etc.
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