US specifications for the refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe have finally been confirmed.
Back in June, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe debuted with a bold new styling direction. US specifications were kept under wraps at the time but Hyundai has now unveiled the North American 2021 Santa Fe, which sports a fresh new design, a new hybrid powertrain, and new safety tech.
Under the hood, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will be offered with a choice of three powertrains in America. As standard, the refreshed SUV will be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Smartstream engine producing an estimated 191 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 182 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This new unit replaces the outgoing 2.4-liter engine. Thanks to an Idle, Stop and Go system, Hyundai claims the new 2.5-liter engine's fuel economy has increased by around eight percent over the 2020 model.
Replacing the previous 2.0-liter turbo engine will be a new Smartstream 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit coupled with a new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. Peak horsepower increases by 18 percent, bringing the total output to an estimated 277 hp at 6,000 rpm and 311 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm. Hyundai estimates the new 2.5-liter turbo engine's economy will improve by around four to five percent over the 2020 powertrain.
For the first time, the 2021 Santa Fe will also be offered with a highly efficient hybrid powertrain combining a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a compact lithium-ion 64-kW battery, and an electric motor. Combined, this setup produces an estimated 225 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission. An HTRAC all-wheel-drive system with Normal, Sport and Smart driving modes is offered as standard for the Santa Fe hybrid and optional for all other models.
For 2021, the exterior has been given an extensive refresh, incorporating a wider grille, T-shaped daytime running lights, redesigned front LED headlights, sharp shoulder crease lines, and a full-width rear light bar connecting the LED taillights. At the profile, the 2021 Santa Fe rides on newly designed 20-inch wheels and sports redesigned roof side rails.
Inside, the revamped interior is fitted with a new floating center console that increases the cabin space, along with a new larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display replacing the previous eight-inch screen, paired with a 12.3-inch digital instrument gauge cluster. Newly available materials such as soft Nappa leather, soft-touch padding, and new ambient lighting give the cabin a more premium feel. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now available for SE, SEL and SEL Convenience trims.
Hyundai claims the Santa Fe's rear cargo area volume has increased by half a cubic foot for 2021. A new luxurious Calligraphy trim that debuted for the Palisade is also available adding exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, quilted Nappa leather, a more premium front grille, premium door and seat accent trim, an eco-suede headliner, expanded ambient lighting themes, and auto up/down rear windows.
As part of Hyundai's SmartSense safety suite, standard safety tech includes a forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist and junction-turning detection, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, and rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist.
Buyers will also get lane keeping and lane following assists, highway driving assist, blind-spot view monitor, safe exit assist and ultrasonic rear occupant alert, driver attention warning, smart cruise control with stop and go, parking distance warning (forward and reverse), and parking collision-avoidance assist (reverse).
Combustion-powered versions of the 2021 Santa Fe will be produced in Alabama and arrive in dealerships by the end of the year, while the hybrid model will be produced in Korea and go on sale in Q1 2021. Pricing information will be revealed closer to the on-sale date.