It was just last month that Hyundai revealed the 2021 Santa Fe. While some may see it as a simple refresh, Hyundai actually gave its midsize crossover an all-new platform that they claim will result in 'improved performance, efficiency, and safety'.
Hyundai did not say exactly what engines the 2021 Santa Fe will have, apart from mentioning that it will come with hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains...until now. Just recently, Hyundai released the powertrain details of the 2021 Santa Fe. Like the all-new Kia Sorento released months earlier, it will be available with new turbocharged hybrid engines, as well as a good old turbo-diesel.
Let's start with the new turbo-diesel engine. It might have the same displacement as the current R-Series turbo-diesel at 2.2-liters, but Hyundai claims this is an all-new engine that is part of the company's 'Smartstream' family of diesel that is cleaner and produces fewer emissions.
The new engine is lighter thanks to an all-aluminum construction (the previous one had a cast-iron block), and benefits from a new 2,200 bar injection system that supersedes the previous 2,000 bar injection system. The result is an engine that produces 202 PS and 440 Nm of torque for an increase of 2 PS, and 17 Nm of torque.
Instead of an eight-speed automatic, the new engine is connected to an eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission. With it, Hyundai claims it offers the smooth-shifting characteristics of a traditional automatic while also delivering enhanced efficiency compared to a dry dual-clutch system.
Over to the hybrid options, there are two Smartstream gasoline engines to choose from. First up is the 1.6-liter T-GDi turbo four-cylinder hybrid that benefits from a 44.2 kW electric motor. It puts out a healthy 230 PS with 350 Nm and offers low emissions than a standard turbocharged engine.
Last but not least is the more powerful plug-in hybrid. It also has a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine but is paired with a 66.9 kW electric motor. It only comes with a four-wheel drive and has a total system output of 265 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are connected to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Both the hybrid and turbo-diesel versions will be available upon its launch sometime this year. The plug-in hybrid will follow suit in early 2021.
There's no word yet as to when markets like the Philippines will get the 2021 Santa Fe. But should Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai in the Philippines, be able to bring the hybrid variants to the country, they will qualify for the 50% discount on excise tax. More than likely, however, the turbo-diesel version might still be the engine on offer once the 2021 Santa Fe arrives in the Philippines.