For most auto manufacturers, a facelift is just that—revising a few exterior and interior bits and calling it a day. For Hyundai Motor Company, however, giving its Santa Fe a facelift means tweaking said exterior elements and utilizing a new platform.
This is the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe, which now uses a new platform that promises to help improve handling and ride comfort even more. While the Korean carmaker has not revealed any details about engines and technical specs, it says that the new platform allows better airflow to the engine, improving stbility and efficiency. It also reduces weight significantly.
What Hyundai did reveal are the new front end, that now sports a larger front grille, revised headlights with T-shaped DRLs, as well as a new rear end. The latter features a light bar that extends across the width of the rear, a revised skid plate, and of course, updated taillight signatures.
Step inside and you will find a new digital instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch display, complemented by a 10.25-inch infotainment monitor. Hyundai also notes that the entire cabin is lined in soft touch materials for a more upscale vibe.
While sitting on the driver’s seat, one will immediately notice two things: the absence of a shifter, and a new drive selector switch. The former has been replaced by buttons that control the transmission—thanks in part to the new shift-by-wire system. The latter allows drivers to select between drive and Terrain Modes such as snow, mud, sand, comfort, eco, sport, and smart. That last one lets the system adapt to one’s driving style and choose the most optimum mode and terrain setting.
Expect to see the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe in September of this year.