2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Changes, Hybrid, PHEV

Hyundai’s most famous SUV is coming with big changes for the next year. After just a couple of years of production, the current generation is about to receive a significant update. We are about to see numerous 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe changes, in pretty much every aspect of the car. Simply, the competition is fierce these days and the Korean manufacturer wants the retain its position on the market.

Therefore, we are about to see changes in various aspects. First of all, this will be a pretty massive facelift, which will include a completely new front end. Furthermore, you may count on big changes on the inside, where this model comes with a new dashboard, better materials and more. Finally, the company prepares new powertrain options, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, though it is still unclear whether this model is about to come to North America or not. We expect to see it sometime in the second half of the year.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Design

The most notable will be changed in terms of styling. This will be a pretty massive facelift, which will bring a completely new front end. The front fascia looks far more aggressive now, mostly thanks to the new grille, which is bigger and features a new, 3D pattern. Furthermore, there are new headlights, a new bumper with more aggressive lines, and several more details that make this model look bolder and more upscale than before.

Besides completely new aesthetics, the new model also comes with a couple of mechanical updates. Although the overall design is pretty much the same, the new model comes with various chassis revisions, which provide better handling, a higher level of comfort and better overall driving experience. The new model will be much better to drive, good enough to compete with pretty much every other model in the segment.


Big changes are coming for the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe interior as well. The company has already released the photos of the new cabin and the overall impression is that everything looks more upscale. First of all, the dashboard has been revised. The new shape includes loads of new styling solutions, particularly on the center console, which features a completely new layout. It is more massive and comes with completely new controls. Furthermore, you can easily notice that the good-old gear lever has been replaced with a new, electronic shifter. On the upper section, you can notice a bigger, also tablet-like touchscreen, while some sources suggest a completely new infotainment system as well. A digital instrument cluster will probably be part of the standard equipment.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

On the other side, the overall layout will remain pretty much the same. This is a mid-size crossover but not necessarily a family hauler. So, it comes with just two rows of seats, which are quite generous in terms of space. When it comes to the cargo area, the current model offers 35.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 71.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is a quite decent amount of space for the class.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Powertrain

Big novelties are coming under the hood as well. We are about to see two all-new versions in the offer, in forms of 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid versions. At this point, details about new powertrains are still unavailable, but some details should come pretty soon. Also, we still don’t know whether this version is coming to North America or not. On the other side, these models will definitely be offered on the European market.

On the other side, the North American version will most likely carry on with two familiar gasoline engines. Base models feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 185 horsepower. This isn’t a particularly great amount of power but should satisfy most daily commuters. On the other side, the optional turbo-four puts out around 235 horsepower and seems like a perfect fit for this SUV.

These engines may not be particularly powerful but on the other side, you may count on pretty good mpg ratings. The base engine returns quite respectable 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The optional turbo-four is also decent and returns around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe changes

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date and Price

The Korean manufacturer won’t rush with the launch of this model. So, we don’t expect to see it before the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe price, some increase is possible, but we don’t expect to see anything significant. The current model starts at 26.500 dollars. If you’re looking for something more affordable, the smaller Hyundai Tucson might be a great alternative.

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