It's not an official N car, but it looks like one.
The updated 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe introduced striking good looks to the crossover range when it was unveiled last month. Between the broad grille and distinctive T-shaped headlamps, it's a lot more interesting to look at than before. For an even more sporty appeal, Hyundai has released N performance parts for the crossover.
The Korean Car Blog reports that the package will be available in South Korea, but based on the pictures, we really do hope that the upgrade will be made available in the US too. Much in the way that BMW's M performance parts can totally transform a non-M model, Hyundai has pulled off the same trick here, now that its N performance division is a bit more established.
Outside, the upgraded Santa Fe has unique bumpers and a fantastic set of 21-inch wheels partially concealing N performance brakes. The enhancements don't stop there, with a carbon garnish on the hood and mirror covers in carbon, too.
An N performance grille has 10 vertical bars that give it a different look to the standard model. The other big change is the use of Sahara Beige accents dotted around the body - it contrasts well with the black paint of the example pictured here. At the back, quad-exit tailpipes and a far from subtle spoiler add a lot more attitude.
An N Performance Indoor package gives the cabin a lift, too. A mix of carbon and Alcantara trim has found its way onto the steering wheel, door trim, and the dashboard. A quilted pattern on the seats with red accent stitching looks fantastic, as do the front seatbacks which are finished in carbon.
Overall, the look is sufficiently different from the standard model and it looks like Hyundai is making good on its promise to roll out N-inspired upgrades across its lineup. It certainly makes one of the segment leaders, the Honda Passport, look rather bland by comparison.