Hyundai teases 2021 Santa Fe and it's more than just a refresh

Updated Sep 30, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

The upcoming Santa Fe looks like a mini Palisade. How do you like it so far?

For longtime fans, owners, and future buyers of Hyundai cars, specifically its crossovers, you’d be delighted to know that Hyundai Motor is giving the Hyundai Santa Fe a facelift.

This isn’t a mere appearance update though, because apart from a macho looking new exterior, the South Korean brand is giving it a premium and more comfortable interior.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift Teaser | Exterior & Interior

We do not have clear images right now though, but Hyundai has revealed several teaser images.

What we do know, however, is that the new Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with a bolder grille, adorned with a geometric pattern. Also recognizable are the pair of new T-Shaped daytime running lights.

Overall, these new upgrades provide the new Santa Fe a much more rugged character, but at the same time, a kind of futuristic look that’s becoming popular among modern cars.

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A picture of the Hyundai Santa Fe sneak pic

In the shadowy sneak peek pic it looks sinister but trust us, the new Santa Fe will look great

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Apart from that, the teaser images reveal shapes and details similar to the ones found on the larger Hyundai Palisade. If it was Hyundai’s intention all along, it’s working.

Besides the exterior looks, it has also come to light that Hyundai has also developed electrified versions of the new Santa Fe. There’s going to be a plug-in hybrid version, and also a regular hybrid version.

Also note that this new Santa Fe uses the all-new third-generation Hyundai vehicle platform which provides more in the way of handling, safety, and the ability to use electrified powertrains.

As for the interior, Hyundai has not revealed that much so we’ll just have to wait for more details. Do note though that the company itself said that the insides of the new Santa Fe will be more premium, more comfortable, and will be more practical. So yes, we can expect some changes made. 

A picture of a white Hyundai Palisade

We're guessing that the current Palisade shares a lot of design cues with the upcoming Santa Fe

In terms of launch dates, the new Santa Fe will be launched in Europe in September 2020. For the new Philippine-spec Hyundai Santa Fe, there’s no word yet as to when the unit will arrive to our shores.

We reckon however that the hybrid version will be released here as a top of the line variant. For the lower variants of the new Santa Fe, those might use the diesel engine found on the currently available version.

Latest updates on upcoming Hyundai cars can be found in our Complete guide to the Hyundai Philippines' local lineup. For more automotive news, keep reading here on

Know more about Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is a midsize SUV that effectively balances sophistication and ruggedness. Outside, it is designed with striking and modern details that reestablish its reign in the world of versatile and reliable automobiles. Inside it is equipped with the latest safety and convenience features fans and new followers will admire. In the Philippines, Hyundai Motor Company offers two variants: the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi GLS 4x2 AT (Mid Variant) and the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi GLS 4x2 AT. It is available in Earthy Bronze, Machine Grey, Quartz White, and Symphony Silver.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

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