Despite it’s not even showcased yet, Hyundai Motor has revealed details of the new Santa Fe PHEV model, to arrive later this year, that will arrive with some extra power (265 hp instead of 230 hp) as well as extra range. Hyundai still not confirmed the exact driving data.
“The new Santa Fe represents a significant milestone in the history of Hyundai. With a new platform, new transmissions and new technology, it is cleaner, more agile, and more efficient than ever before,” says Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Hyundai Motor Company. “With the introduction of our new Santa Fe, our whole SUV line-up will be available with electrified versions, ranging from 48V mild hybrid solutions to fuel cell.”
While the hybrid version of the new Santa Fe, available at launch, consists of the new 1.6-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) ‘Smartstream’ engine and a 44.2 kW electric motor, drawing its power from a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It is available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The system has a combined output of 230 PS power and 350 Nm torque offering low emissions without compromising on driving fun.
The plug-in hybrid version, to follow in early 2021, comes with the same 1.6-litre T-GDi ‘Smartstream’ engine paired with a 66.9 kW electric motor drawing its power from a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. This variant will be available with four-wheel drive. The total power output is 265 PS. It has a combined torque of 350 Nm.
Both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains are available with a newly-developed 6-speed automatic transmission (6AT). Compared to its predecessor, the 6AT brings improved transmission and fuel efficiency. The new 1.6-litre T-GDi ‘Smartstream’ engine is also the first engine to utilize Hyundai’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology and also features Low-Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation (LP EGR) to further optimise fuel efficiency.
The CVVC regulates the duration of valve opening and closing according to driving conditions, achieving a boost in performance and improvements in fuel efficiency and emissions. The LP EGR returns some of the gas burnt by the engine to the combustion chamber, producing a cooling effect and reducing the emission of nitrogen oxides.
The 1.6 T-GDi also features a low-pressure system that redirects the burnt emission gas to the front of the turbocharger compressor, rather than the intake system, to increase efficiency under high load conditions.