Hyundai has shared a glimpse of the upcoming, 2021 Santa Fe SUV. As per Hyundai, the upcoming Santa Fe will get a lot of new features and additions over its previous generations. This makes us believe that Hyundai is making efforts to make its new cars, a better offering than their previous generations, instead of competing with other rivals in the market. The 2021 Santa Fe will arrive with a freshened design motif, advanced front and rear lighting signatures, new hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive, and extensive new driver safety and convenience features.

Apart from this, the new Santa Fe will also arrive with a new hybrid propulsion system, which is the first application of its kind in the Hyundai SUV line-up. Don’t worry we’ll explain this in the later part. In addition to practical features, Hyundai has focused on the design front as well. The new Santa Fe gets a new, upscale Calligraphy trim, which will also be offered for the first time.

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Striking Design Cues with Advanced Lighting Signature Technology.

How Does It Look?

The bold new face of the Santa Fe is enhanced with a wider, three-dimensional grille and a striking T-shaped LED illumination signature, including daytime running lights. The new silhouette sports a horizontal cabin profile, scalloped lower door panels, and a long, highly-defined hood, with character lines extending from front to rear. Sharp shoulder crease lines connect front and rear LED lights, while rear reflector accents visually link the LED rear taillights. The profile of the Santa Fe features a large daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround that provides a sleek appearance with excellent visibility. The alloy wheels receive all new designs and add a new 20-inch alloy wheel. The roof side rails have a fresh design, and power-folding side mirrors with turn-signal indicators and puddle lamps are now available.

Looks Are Subjective. What About The Interior:

The 2021 Santa Fe is expected to feature a high-position console design indicative of a premium SUV interior. The addition of a new floating center console design adds a more spacious feel throughout the cabin. The entire cabin is surrounded by premium materials, including soft Nappa leather, soft-touch padding, new ambient lighting. Sitting on the dashboard, is a new 10.25-inch touchscreen display that further enhances the luxurious character of the interior. We can also spot some multi-layered, three-dimensional instrument panel, and contrasting seat stitching, that conveys premium touches throughout the cabin. Also, Santa Fe’s large DLO enhances the feeling of openness for occupants with generous amounts of natural light. In addition, rear cargo area volume has increased by one-half cubic foot through optimization of the interior packaging.

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The cabin is feature-packed and looks premium, with a lot of segment-first features.

Technology and Multi-media Equipment List:

For those who like to know the technical specifications of the car, here is a quick glance at the most important features inside the Santa Fe:

  • New, larger eight-inch audio display (formerly seven-inch), new, larger 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display (formerly eight-inch)
  • New, segment-leading 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display
  • New Digital Key functions, a segment-exclusive feature
  • Remote Start cabin temperature, heated and ventilated seat settings control
  • New Harman-Kardon premium audio system
  • New Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), a segment-exclusive feature
  • New Dynamic Voice Recognition system (voice commands for temperature, radio, trunk)
  • New wireless charging pad for devices
  • New wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (SE, SEL, and SEL Convenience trim)

How Does It Feel To Drive:

The 2021 Santa Fe will be offered with three new and improved powertrain options. The standard powertrain is a Smartstream 2.5-liter direct-injected (DI) and multi-point injected (MPI) four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the former 2.4-liter engine. This standard four-cylinder engine produces an estimated 191bhp at 6,100 rpm and an estimated 247Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm for effortless driving in a wide variety of conditions.

The Santa Fe also offers a high-output Smartstream 2.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder turbocharged engine coupled with an all-new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (DCT), replacing the former 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and improving peak horsepower by 18 percent. This all-new powerplant produces an estimated 277bhp at 6,000 rpm and an estimated 422Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm for brisk acceleration and effortless highway cruising.

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The new Smart-stream 2.5-liter Turbocharged Engine is expected to produce 277bhp.

What’s New:

The 2021 Santa Fe adds a new premium Calligraphy trim for buyers seeking the ultimate in styling differentiation, premium materials, exclusive features, and advanced technologies. Calligraphy builds upon the Santa Fe Limited model with the more powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, adding HTRAC AWD with downhill brake control, exclusive-design 20-inch alloy wheels, quilted Nappa leather, full-color heads-up display, premium-finish front grille, premium door and seat accent trim, eco-suede headliner, expanded ambient lighting themes and auto up/down rear windows.

Safety First:

The Hyundai Santa Fe is very popular with families with children for good reason – its Hyundai Smart Sense safety feature suite is extensive, including the following impressive list:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian, Cyclist and Junction-Turning Detection
  • Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Following Assist
  • 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)
  • Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (Reverse)
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Santa Fe’s Digital Key is a segment-exclusive feature that is now supported via a dedicated smartphone app.

So What’s Hybrid In Santa Fe?

In the first-ever application for the Hyundai SUV family, the 2021 Santa Fe will be offered with a hybrid propulsion system for eco-focused buyers. SUV buyers expect all-weather capability and the Santa Fe Hybrid includes standard HTRAC all-wheel drive. The hybrid powertrain features a Smartstream 1.6-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder engine coupled with a new HEV-tuned six-speed automatic transmission. This new six-speed transmission is specially tuned for optimal efficiency, economy, and driving performance in a turbocharged HEV application. The turbo engine yields an estimated output of 178bhp at 6,000 rpm, with an estimated 225bhp from the combined engine and motor system, and peak torque estimated at 195 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm.

Ticks All Boxes: What About The Launch?

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe internal combustion models will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and will arrive at dealerships by the end of the year, while the Santa Fe Hybrid model will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive in the first quarter 2021. In addition, a Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid model will arrive later in 2021.

Will This Arrive In India?

Well, Hyundai has not announced anything about the launch of the 2021 Santa Fe in Indian Markets. However, we can expect one to hit our shores soon, as the previous generation of this SUV is already available in Indian markets. However, we doubt the arrival of the hybrid version on Indian streets.