By Steve & Tamami Laser
To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hyundai’s longest-running crossover in Europe, the automaker has released details about the revamped 2021 Santa Fe.
In addition to styling and equipment enhancements, the new models will be the first to offer optional hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, according to Hyundai Motor Europe.
“With the range of new features, the new Santa Fe further progresses as a premium vehicle,” said Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Hyundai Motor Europe vice president of marketing and product. “With the introduction of our new Santa Fe, our whole SUV lineup will be available with electrified versions ranging from hybrid solutions to fuel cell.”
Santa Fe receives a new front fascia sporting a wider grille with 3D mesh pattern that merges with the headlight clusters. Additional details include T-shaped LED daytime running lights, a lower front bumper with integrated skid-plate styling, and vertically oriented air intakes.
Santa Fe gains wider wheel arch claddings and new wheel designs. Changes at the rear include a new red reflector band that connects the taillights. A new Luxury Package planned for European models includes unique 20-inch alloys, body color lower-side cladding, and black lower bumper inserts.
“The bold lines that extend from one side to the other and from front to back give Santa Fe a rugged yet refined look that SUV customers want,” said SangYup Lee, executive VP and global head of Hyundai Design Center.
Santa Fe receives a new, premium cabin with soft-touch materials, a redesigned lower dash, and high-tech center console. The newly available 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system includes pre-loaded maps, voice-guided navigation, in-car entertainment, and connectivity features.
The floating center console, with new shift-by-wire controls, allows the driver to shift gears with buttons, instead of a traditional shift lever. The new Terrain Mode selector offers easy to select drive modes and HTRAC® All-Wheel Drive settings (AWD models). Modes include eco, sport, comfort, smart, sand, snow, and mud.
The new 12.3-inch fully digital cluster contributes to the premium look. Meanwhile, the center cupholder can be closed when not used for a cleaner appearance, while a storage tray under the console holds additional items.
Hyundai says the new Santa Fe will be its first model line in Europe to offer the new “Smartstream” Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid powertrains. While the photo above offers a sneak preview under the hood, the automaker says that additional powertrain details will be released in the near future.
The new Santa Fe is expected to go on sale in Europe starting this September. Launch schedules, model variations, and powertrain choices for other markets, including the U.S., have not yet been announced.
Note: Prototype vehicles shown. Features, specifications, and launch timing for European market models is subject to change without notice
News source and photos courtesy Hyundai Motor Europe
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