After releasing a teaser photo a few days ago, Hyundai has finally unveiled the facelifted 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe. Hyundai’s popular three-row crossover SUV has been given a striking makeover to keep it in line with the brand’s latest vehicles.
“We modernized the New Santa Fe with premium features and appealing aesthetics that are sure to add value,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and head of Global Design Center. “The bold lines that extend from one side to the other and from front to back give Santa Fe a rugged yet refined look that SUV customers want. Besides, we’ve added numerous features and functions to create a truly family-focused SUV that is a pleasure to drive.”
The most noticeable change of the facelifted Santa Fe is its wide gaping grille, which extends across the entire width of the vehicle. It also integrates nearly into the headlamps–a signature style found on many newer Hyundais. There’s also a striking pair of T-shaped LED daytime running lights, in which a seamless line connects the daytime running lights all the way to the LED taillights. A slim LED strip runs across the width of the Santa Fe, just like in the all-new Hyundai Elantra and Sonata.
The interior of the facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe draws a lot of cues from the newer Hyundai products. This includes the optional fully-digital gauge cluster, push-button gear selector, a new 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system, along with higher levels of premium materials. 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.
Apart from its aesthetics, the new Santa Fe also gets a few technical upgrades. This includes moving the fixed points for the steering arms closer to the middle of the front wheels to provide more agile handling, along with reinforced sound-absorbing systems in vibration-sensitive parts to further reduce noise and improve refinement. It’s also advantageous that Hyundai has its own steelmaking company because the Santa Fe also benefits from a host of structural upgrades for improved safety.
Hyundai has not yet revealed the powertrain options for the Santa Fe, though they confirmed that it will be available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid in some markets.
As with every modern vehicle nowadays, the Hyundai Santa Fe can be equipped with a host of advanced driver-assist systems such as automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, just to name a few.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is set to go on sale in various global markets around the world by this year.