We already have spied what it looks like the N-Line version of the recently released Hyundai’s midsize SUV, the Santa Fe facelift, with a fully painted body, black painted wheels, dual muffler or red calipers where we can see the N logo. But now and during the Santa Fe debut in South Korea, they showcased the Santa Fe N Performance Kit, a car that according to who attended the event, will be on sale by the end of the year.
What we know so far?
Hyundai recently showcases “The New Santa Fe”, why they called that way? Well the thing is the refreshed Santa Fe or TM PE is an overhauled version of the Santa Fe TM released two years ago and after the success of the Grandeur facelift, looks like Hyundai decided to bet on this mid-cycle near full change facelift.
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 receiving an updated 2.2 diesel engine (the 2.0 won’t be available) and new gasoline engines such as 2.5 NA and 2.5 Turbo (set for end of the year).
What was left out two years ago was a performance N-Line variant of the Santa Fe. While in several markets Hyundai sell a fully painted body and sport wheels as an option, or a 2.0 Turbo gasoline engine, there was no mention about its performance sub-brand. According to this pictures the new Santa Fe could receive the N-Line treatment in the near future.
But we were a little bit surprised about this N Performance Kit showcased alongside other Hyundai N-performance models, like the Veloster N Performance Car that you can see in the pictures next to this Santa Fe N Performance Kit. The Santa Fe N Performance Kit has 21″ inch alloy wheels with N logo as well as N performance red calipers.
The show car also wears a new sporty body kit, with a new grille, carbon mirror housing and a twin exhaust and a difuser, all of them just for aesthetics. What do you think?
Hyundai Santa Fe N-Line Prototype
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