We already have seen and known all about Hyundai’s midsize SUV Santa Fe facelift, but today we were surprised again with the spy pictures of what looks like Santa Fe N-Line, with a fully body painted, black glossy front grille and dual muffler.
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, which is set to arrive alongside N-Line by the 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 the N Performance Kit showcased alongside other Hyundai N-performance models (watch the pics below). The Santa Fe N Performance Kit has 21″ inch alloy wheels with N logo as well as N performance red calipers and much more.
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. This parts are under N performance parts program and for now, only available in South Korea.
Santa Fe N Performance Car
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