2021 Hyundai Santa Fe unveiled in official images: new platform, tech details

Updated Mar 18, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Say hello to a bolder and more aggressive-looking Santa Fe.

Hyundai has revealed the 2021 Santa Fe featuring a more aggressive exterior, premium interior look, updated tech, and a new platform. But first, just take a gander at its all-new design.

That's a mean-looking crossover. Well done, Hyundai!

The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe gets a new front end that now comes with a wider grille, a more muscular bumper, and a new headlight design.

The Korean SUV also gets LED daytime running lights seen at the top of the grille, an obvious nod to the bigger Palisade. The new design elements of the Santa Fe’s fascia gives the vehicle a bolder and more composed demeanor.  

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe side view 

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is ready to challenge its segment rivals with its bold design, more tech, and a new platform

Turning at the side, the Santa Fe has straight character lines that add to the vehicle’s overall confident stance. You will also notice that it is designed with more prominent wheel arches, which is emphasized by 20-inch wheels.

We can’t help to unsee the Santa Fe’s Euro-looking design when viewed from the side. The rear, on the other hand, is equipped with redesigned taillights that are connected across the tailgate by a slim illuminated bar.

It also has a tweaked bumper featuring a distinctive reflector and skid plate.

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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe rear

The rear's familiar but the Santa Fe now sits on a new platform

The interior of the 2021 Santa Fe looks premium featuring a two-tone theme of black and white, at least for the global market. Hyundai says the interior now comes with space, comfort, and convenience compared to the previous model.

It also has a massive center console integrated with essential buttons that are said to be intuitive and ergonomic. In the middle of the redesigned center console is where you can see the gear shift buttons.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe interior

A more plush interior awaits customers

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In terms of tech, the 2021 Santa Fe comes with a Terrain Mode selector for the first time, a control knob located in the center console to conveniently switch between different drive modes for sand, snow, and mud. It also lets you select eco, sport, comfort, and smart modes.

The Santa Fe also gets a new 10.25-inch AVN(audio, video, navigation) touchscreen display with pre-loaded maps, satellite-based voice-guided navigation, rear camera display, and complete in-car entertainment and connectivity features.

It is also said that the 2021 Santa Fe will feature a new platform leading to better driving performance. However, Hyundai has yet to release more details in regards to that, along with the engine details.

More technical info will be released as soon as Hyundai debuts the midsize crossover into the European market in September 2020. 

As always, we’ll be on our toes for any news of its Philippine debut, but don’t expect the all-new model on our shores this year.

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Know more about Hyundai Santa Fe 2021

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe takes its name from the historical city of Santa Fe in Mexicom, starting out as a compact crossover in its first two generations before being upgraded to a midsize crossover by the time its third iteration came about. Now on its fourth generation, the Santa Fe features increased dimensions accompanied by a streamlined shape, along with an interior equipped with various tech and convenience features. 

In the Philippines, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) markets the Santa Fe in two levels of trim: the GLS Mid and High variants, both with a 2.2L common-rail diesel engine mated to a 4x2 drivetrain. These are available in six color options.  


Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar


Martin is a BA Literature graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before being the Content Editor of Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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