Details of 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe new engine platform revealed

Updated Oct 14, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

And yes, it still has a diesel power plant. You’re welcome.

Last month, Hyundai Motor Company revealed the new and redesigned Santa Fe, which we actually liked. Now, the Korean carmaker has revealed Santa Fe’s new engine platform and other details about what exactly it can offer to the global market.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

This is the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

“The new Santa Fe represents a significant milestone in the history of Hyundai. With a new platform, new transmissions and new technology, it is cleaner, more agile, and more efficient than ever before,” says Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Company.

New 1.6-litre T-GDi ‘Smartstream’ engine

The new 1.6-litre T-GDi ‘Smartstream’ engine

“With the introduction of our new Santa Fe, our whole SUV line-up will be available with electrified versions, ranging from 48V mild-hybrid solutions to fuel cell,” he added.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe comes with two hybrid drivetrain options. The first option is the hybrid version that uses a new 1.6-liter T-GDi turbocharged gasoline ‘Smartstream’ engine and a 44.2 kW electric motor, drawing power from a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The system generates 227 hp and 350 Nm of torque and comes with either a two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

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Change of Plans | 2020 Santa Fe | Hyundai

The other option is a plug-in hybrid version that comes with the same engine as the hybrid version but has a larger 66.9 kW electric motor, drawing its power from a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The system puts out 261 hp and 350 Nm of torque and comes with four-wheel drive only.

New 2.2-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine

The new 2.2-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine

Both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains are available with a newly-developed 6-speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai said that its new 1.6-liter T-GDi ‘Smartstream’ engine is the first engine to utilize the brand’s new Continuous Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology. The Korean carmaker added that it also features Low-Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LP EGR) to provide better fuel efficiency.

New 8-speed DCT

The new 8-speed DCT

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Hyundai is also offering a diesel Santa Fe variant that is powered by a 2.2-liter 4-cylinder ‘Smartstream’ diesel powertrain that produces 199 hp and 440 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed double-clutch transmission. It is available with either a two-wheel or four-wheel drive.

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Know more about Hyundai Santa Fe 2023

Hyundai Santa Fe

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.

₱ 2,158,000 - ₱ 2,538,000

Rex Sanchez

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Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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