Facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe Won't Look Like Its Kia Sibling

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It will have its own unique style.

The 2021 Kia Sorento has finally been revealed, following a series of leaks before the official debut. Meanwhile, Kia's sister brand Hyundai is currently working on its own version, which was recently spied undergoing winter testing. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to be a huge improvement over the current model and if the new Sorento is any indication, it should be amongst the best vehicles in its class.

Although the Santa Fe will ride on the same platform and use the same engines as the Sorento, the two will be styled very differently. Much like their larger siblings, the Palisade and Telluride, the Santa Fe and Sorento may not even be distinguishable as the same SUV underneath. Our spy photographers have just spotted the Santa Fe out for more winter testing, giving us our second look at the upcoming SUV.

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The test mule hasn't dropped much camouflage since last time but this example is riding on a new set of wheels, which appear to indicate a higher trim level. Up front, the Santa Fe will keep its signature split headlight design that has been adopted across Hyundai's SUV lineup. In the rear, the taillights appear to look pretty similar to the current model though they will likely have a revised shape. New bumpers will alter the styling but the camouflage still is too thick to see these changes.

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Thanks to the Sorento, we now have a much better idea of what will sit under the hood of the Santa Fe. We expect the most popular engine choice to be a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing at least 290 horsepower. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions should also be offered sporting a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder combining with an electric motor to produce 226 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A diesel engine will be offered in the European market but will not arrive stateside.

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