The Hyundai Santa Fe has been with us for 20 years now, and whereas Hyundai has had hybrids in its steady for half that point the Santa Fe has solely sort of been electrified once. Till subsequent 12 months, that’s.
In a launch, Hyundai mentioned that it could make the inner combustion engine model of the Santa Fe in Alabama, whereas the hybrid model could be made at Hyundai’s plant in Ulsan, South Korea. There can even be a plug-in hybrid electrical model later subsequent 12 months, Hyundai mentioned.
That offers the 2021 Santa Fe three completely different powertrain choices for patrons: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 191 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 277 horsepower, and the hybrid choice, which is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated with an electrical motor that makes 225 horsepower mixed, Hyundai mentioned.
Hyundai didn’t say what sort of mileage it was anticipating for the hybrid model, nor did it give pricing. However, assuming it is going to be just like the Sonata hybrid’s $4,000 worth bump, it’s truthful to count on the hybrid Santa Fe to price $30,000 or extra, provided that the 2020 Santa Fe begins at $26,275. The plug-in model will possible price a couple of extra thousand on high of that.
This still-fourth-generation Santa Fe additionally encompasses a important facelift and might be constructed on a distinct platform as a result of it’s going hybrid. There can even be a brand new high trim, more likely to price practically $40,000. It’s referred to as Calligraphy. I’ll let Hyundai do the explaining:
Calligraphy builds upon the Santa Fe Restricted mannequin with the extra highly effective 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, including HTRAC® AWD with downhill brake management, exclusive-design 20-inch alloy wheels, quilted Nappa leather-based, full-color heads-up show, premium-finish entrance grille, premium door and seat accent trim, eco-suede headliner, expanded ambient lighting themes and auto up/down rear home windows.
That’s all getting practically into luxurious territory, however Hyundai seemingly needs to supply each choice for its third-best-selling automotive in America. With Santa Fe gross sales up over 9 % final 12 months in comparison with 2018, to this point so good.