While the new Kia Sorento is set to debut at Geneva Motor Show earlier March, today we have new pictures and information of its brother from another mother, the Santa Fe facelift, that despite its mid-life change, Hyundai will add the 3rd gen platform with all of that means.
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.
Does that mean Palisade and Telluride refresh will be electrified and grow in size too?
I’m seeing a vertical Thor hammer. Sorry Volvo…