Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift Spied in South Korea

by Feb 6, 2020All News, Hyundai, Spy Shots2 comments

While the new Kia Sorento is set to debut at Geneva Motor Show earlier March, today we have new pictures of its brother from another mother, the Santa Fe facelift, that were spotted in South Korea hurrying up its development.

What we know so far?

The Group’s electrified lineup, which comprised 24 models in 2019, will be expanded to 44 models by 2025, including 13 hybrids, six plug-in hybrids, 23 battery electric vehicles and two fuel-cell electric vehicles.

This year, the Group will further bolster the sales of electrified models, adding hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants to its best-selling SUV models, including Kia Sorento, Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai will introduce a facelift for the Santa Fe, that according to our industry sources, will be close to a full change like with the new Grandeur. In the case of Grandeur, the same platform was used exceptionally, but the wheelbase was also increased, and the design was also intensily changed despite normal facelift that are just comestic changes.

Santa Fe is a very important vehicle because it accounts for more than half of Hyundai SUV sales. Therefore, as the flagship SUV, it will be released with various powertrains such as internal combustion engine, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. The larger wheelbase than before could make the body size similar to a Palisade.

Adding a plug-in hybrid to the Santa Fe, along with a common hybrid, is a good news for prospective consumers. A hybrid powertrain that combines an electric motor with a gamma 1.6 T-GDI gasoline engine will remain, while retaining existing diesel and gasoline engines.

It is also equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that significantly reduces fuel consumption by applying a large-capacity battery, and the Santa Fe hybrid is a combination of gasoline engine and electric motor.

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.


  1. KRogers86

    The refreshed Santa Fe must be just months away given all the prototypes that have been caught driving around. It seems rather rushed, considering that it has been on the market for only two years, but it seems it is being forced into an early refresh with the extremely positive reception of the high quality Palisade, and the upcoming Tucson. It was reported by Autoblog that designers “benchmarked the bigger, more expensive Santa Fe when they selected the materials that will be used to build the Tucson”, so hopefully this will have the Santa Fe benchmark the Palisade. Looks like we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

  2. Marv

    I currently have a 2 Hyundai/Genesis vehicles and am really looking forward to owning a PHEV SUV. Toyota is coming out with the Rav4 Prime this summer with really good electric range and 305hp combined. That makes it look pretty attractive. I recently test drove the normal gas variant Rav4 and it it a very nice vehicle. That being said, I do like my current Santa Fe and I think the AWD system that Hyundai/Genesis incorporates is superior to the system used by Toyota. As long as the Santa Fe has decent electric range, I will continue to purchase Hyundai products. As much as I like my G70, I will likely end up with the PHEV Santa Fe and the hybrid (or PHEV if it’s available) Santa Cruz in my garage.


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