Luckily, the Koreans brought it forward by announcing new electrified powertrains for the mid-size SUV. “At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai Motor announced its plan to launch the new generation Santa Fe also in a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version”, said the automaker.
While no launch date was announced, expect to see the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid and Plug-in hybrid models within the next year or so.
Hyundai’s already selling the Ioniq as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid too, in addition to the EV, but it’s unknown whether the five-door liftback has anything to do with the development of the hybridized Santa Fe.
In the meantime, the fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe is celebrating its European premiere in Switzerland. The SUV has a larger footprint compared to its predecessor, and a new design, inspired by some of their latest vehicles.
In Europe, the Sante Fe will offer a choice between three diesel and a petrol powertrain modified to meet the new Euro 6C emission standards. The base 2.0-liter diesel is available in two power outputs, delivering 150PS and 182PS paired to a 6-speed manual or a newly developed 8-speed automatic. A 2.2-liter CRDi diesel comes with 197PS and a standard 8sp auto. Completing the initial range is the 185PS 2.4-liter petrol.
In its home market, it will arrive with one petrol and two diesel units, making between 186PS (183hp) and 235PS (232hp), and working together with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive is optional.
Hyundai will launch it in the United States too, where it will replace the 2018MY.