The facelift of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will make the mid-size model interesting to buyers. The Korean carmaker downgraded the vehicle to the two-seater, while the next seven-seater is Palisade, which replaced Santa Fe XL. For the new season, the SUV is coming with an updated front fascia. The famous cascading grille is still there, but it is wider than before. Also, the new shape of headlights will complete the facelift. Of course, the changes are completed with a few new colors.
The company didn’t show the pricing of the new vehicle. We expect a bump, especially with the new 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport version on the way. More updates are to come. Engineers are working on the hybrid configuration and advanced infotainment system. The interior should be more fun and safer in the future. As the mid-size two-row SUV, the new Santa Fe will face the competition of Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift Details, New Colors, Interior
The exterior of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will offer a more aggressive appearance. The latest generation of the SUV arrived in 2016 and the first minor update the vehicle had a year ago. Now, the company is making bigger changes. A couple of months ago, Hyundai announced some modifications to the Santa Fe. Outside, the new styling includes a larger cascading grille and T-shaped headlights. LED lamps are standard. The new platform underpins the vehicle, which should become more efficient. Some changes are happening at the rear end. The LED strip will make the SUV wider and more appealing. This is not the first time we are seeing this on a Hyundai vehicle. We see the inspiration for this coming from Elantra. Optionally, buyers of the Santa Fe can purchase 20-inch wheels.
Inside the cockpit, the SUV will also introduce some changes. Now, when the Palisade is a three-row model, the seating capacity of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is for five. Dashboard and center console are new for the upcoming vehicle. Previous owners will need some time to get used to the layout of buttons. A 10-inch multimedia display is available, while the gauge cluster is fully digital and 12-inches wide.
The new seven-seater in the family introduced a fresh V6 powerplant. Some fans wanted to see a 3.8-liter unit under the hood of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, but it is not happening any time soon. Instead, the base model will get power from a 2.4-liter inline-four engine. As the entry-level option, it can’t impress you with the performance. Nevertheless, the highlight of this powerplant is the fuel economy. With 29 mpg on the highway, it is way above the average for the mid-size class. On the other hand, 185 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque are enough if you are looking for the compact crossover. Front-wheel drive is still the default setup and you can improve the balance and traction with an all-wheel drive.
Another upgrade comes from a smaller, 2.0-liter block. Turbocharged, the engine raises the outputs bar to 235 hp and 260 lb-ft. It is still way under the competition that can do a lot more with V6 engines. On the other hand, the turbo-four will still save you a lot of fuel. The gas mileage is still impressive, with 24 mpg combined (FWD). In both cases, a power router is an eight-speed automatic transmission. The maximum towing capacity of the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe will be between 3,500 and 5,000 pounds, depending on the configuration.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid
One of the biggest additions for the upcoming season might be a hybrid unit. Santa Fe is not too big and the company can hybridize it alongside Tucson. This would be a big move for Hyundai. Its rivals in the mid-size class with two rows of seats are still not offering such configurations. Well, vehicles with the third row or smaller, compact crossovers are more popular. Nevertheless, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid might turn things around, providing excellent fuel economy and cargo space numbers.
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Colors
All the trim levels of the SUV will be available with numerous exterior and interior colors. Designers are preparing a new palette, but most of the current options will remain the same. Quartz White and Calypso Red are the most popular options. You can also select neutral paintjobs, such as Portofino Gray, Silver Pearl, or Twilight Black. Blue, Orange, and Bronze colors are also going to be available for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Price and Release Date
The complete pricing of the new SUV will be available later this year. Fans can expect to see the 2021 Santa Fe by the end of the summer. The starting price should remain around $27,000. Heavily-loaded Limited edition will add at least $10,000. With a few more upgrades, such as an all-wheel drive, the build will make the SUV cost more than $40,000.
Source: Car and Driver