Hyundai Confirms New Santa Fe Hybrid And PHEV In Geneva

With everything that’s going on at Hyundai’s booth in Geneva, including the presentations of the Le Fil Rouge study, Kona EV, and Nexo, it’s easy to forget that there’s a new Santa Fe out.

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.

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Image credits Guido ten Brink / SB-Medien, Hyundai

  • Rvspector

    They ruined the car. I have a 2013 Santa Fe Sport limited with the 2.0T. I love the car and the design. I am a German car lover I own a 2015 BMW 3 series and a 2010 7 series. I needed something good and strong for my business and the Santa Fe Sport was the best ratio quality/price. But hey Hyundai guess what.. I will go buy something else in a few months.

    WTF is this thing. Ugly as Hell

    • :/ Yurr


    • WELLO

      The car is not as ugly dude. The car is just toned down. Idk why people are making such a big deal of these newer cars of this modern time.

      • PK

        they’re sensitive mother******* that’s why lol

        • WELLO

          the people on this site are extremely sensitive and can’t appreciate the stuff that the car brand is putting out there. they can make it shitty if they want to and raise the price for the greed rich people

          • PK

            pretty much.

    • bd0007

      Totally disagree – this is a lot sharper (and more premium) looking than the outgoing SF Sport which is really starting to show its age.

      Actually has a bit of a Germanic-look to it.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I was critical of this car when the press release photos were released, and seeing it in better lighting, it actually doesn’t look that bad at all. The front and the back are really nice, everything in between looks really generic.

    • eb110americana

      Hiding the chrome stripe under the “headlights” and across the top of the grille in the indoor lighting helps a lot. I am still not a fan of the mushroom grille, but I agree that it looks better in these photos and seems fairly nice. The center stack looks cheaper in photos vs. renderings though.

  • OdysseyTag

    Really like this.

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