The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe plans to beat rivals with wild styling
|driving.ca 03 Jun 2020 at 13:33|
The 2021 Hyundai Sante Fe dropped the covers early June for us all to see, and there’s a lot more to see in this model than previous generations.
When Hyundai first teased the Sante Fe’s wild looks, we thought some wires were crossed somewhere. How could they put stick such an aggressive-looking aesthetic on a mainstream SUV? Well, this is how.
A large front grille is flanked with quad headlights, split down the middle by the T-shaped daytime running lights. Around the back, the taillights continue the same T-shaped style, and also extend across the entire rear of the vehicle. The wheels arches have also been made larger to fit the 20-inch wheels.
The interior of the vehicle benefits from a restyling as well, and now looks much more mature thanks to a two-tone colour scheme and upgraded tech. Speaking of which, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster tells the driver everything they need to see; while a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system does everything else.
Other than the grille, the big news here lies in the powertrain, which has been confirmed to include a hybrid model for the European market. The Sante Fe sits atop the same N3 platform as the latest Sonata, so we’re hoping that means we see the hybrid version here, as well.
Front-wheel-drive is standard, with all-wheel-drive available as an extra-cost option. All-wheel-drive models will also receive Terrain mode, which uses a centre-console-mounted dial to select the proper drive mode for the conditions.
Hyundai’s entire lineup has seen some extra-bold design changes set its cars apart from the competition. The Santa Fe has been Hyundai’s volume model since it was introduced in 2000.