Hyundai Santa Fe Revealed With Bold Design And New Platform

Andrew Cummings
June 4, 2020

This is the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and while the vehicle manufacturer has yet to announce all specifications for the SUV, it has showcased the new design in full. "Besides, we've added numerous features and functions to create a truly family-focused SUV that is a pleasure to drive".

The huge new grille dominates the front, with the bold and angular modular lights adding a strong vertical graphic either side of it.

The original TM Santa Fe's front end is already a bold one with three tiers of lighting.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

What's new under the skin of the 2020 Santa Fe? There is also a large reflector running the width of the tweaked rear bumper.

Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models will come as standard with a set of aerodynamically efficient 19-inch alloy wheels, although buyers can have 20-inch alloys as an optional extra. A taller and repositioned center console acts as an armchair rest for the front passengers.

Hyundai has taken the wraps off its thoroughly updated Santa Fe, which interestingly moves to a new platform.


The New Santa Fe's redesigned interior now provides more space, comfort, and convenience compared to the previous model. The centre console also does without a shifter; the Santa Fe uses a similar shift-by-wire button system similar to that on the Kona Electric and Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and a new drive mode dial that includes modes for on-road and off-road driving situations. The console also accommodates a new 10.25-inch AVN (audio, video, navigation) touchscreen display with pre-loaded maps, satellite-based voice guided navigation, rear camera display, and complete in-car entertainment and connectivity features.

For the first time, the new Santa Fe comes with a Terrain Mode selector: a control knob located in the center console to conveniently switch between different drive modes, optimising performance and HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) settings for a variety of driving situations.

Hyundai New Zealand says that the new Santa Fe is scheduled to arrive here in the last quarter of this year, with more detailed information provided closer to the local launch.


It allows for significant improvements in performance, handling and safety, as well as facilitating electrified powertrains, it's claimed. NVH levels have been improved through reinforced sound-absorbing systems in vibration-sensitive components.

The latest-generation Sonata that shares the Santa Fe's platform is powered by a range of SmartStream engines, including 2.0 and 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engines and 1.6 and 2.5-litre diesels.

However, the company is yet to reveal the full specifications of the new Sante Fe as well as its availability details in the worldwide markets.


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