2020 Hyundai Santa Fe: details revealed
Hyundai confirmed engine details of its new-generation Santa Fe SUV, disclosed early last month. The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, which features a bold styling overhaul and an all-new platform with petrol-electric and diesel engine options will be offered later this year when it goes on sale in international markets.
The 7-seater is the first vehicle to move into the ‘third-generation’ design in Hyundai ‘s European line-up, which already underpins the Sonata sedan on the US market. The brand claims that the new platform would provide “enhanced performance, productivity and health”
Headline features include a new ventilation system that enhances air circulation through the engine bay, allowing heat to flow and improve the stability of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. With a lower center of gravity, heavy components are often placed lower in the chassis. This is also claimed that the dynamic efficiency of the SUV has been enhanced by relocating the steering gears, thus improving sound- and vibration-absorption content in the chassis helps rolling refinement.
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe will be available for the first time with hybrid and hybrid-plug-in (PHEV) powertrains. It’s expected the hybrid would be the new Santa Fe’s most common model. It mates the latest 1,6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine from Hyundai with a 60hp electric motor and a 1,49kW lithium-ion battery for 230hp and 350Nm output. There are both front- and four-wheel drive configurations.
The purely four-wheel-drive PHEV option will arrive in 2021. It pairs the same 1.6-liter engine with a 91hp electric motor for a combined output of 265hp and 350Nm, already deployed in the Santa Fe ‘s recently refreshed sibling Kia Sorento.
Hyundai has yet to confirm an electric-only range figure approved by WLTP, but the 13.8kWh battery pack of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV provides an estimated 64 km per charge over the NEDC period. Both hybrid powertrains are paired with an automatic six-speed gearbox.
Hyundai claims that neither hybrid option would lose out on passenger or load space, with the battery packs under the front seats for each.
The new Smartstream petrol engine uses the newly developed Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology from Hyundai, which is said to increase performance by 4 percent, fuel output by 5 percent, and emissions by 12 percent compared to the 1.6-liter outgoing engine. This is done by adjusting the amount of time the inlet and outlet valves stay open depending on driving circumstances.
A low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation function is also featured which sends burnt gas back into the combustion chamber to cool the engine and reduce CO2 emissions.
In the form of an improved version of the existing 2.2-liter diesel engine, a pure combustion option will also be offered. Improvements include a revamped camshaft, a higher-pressure injection system, and a switch from a steel block to aluminum, resulting in a weight loss of 19.5 percent.
Power-sent through a newly designed 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox to either the front axle or all-four wheels-rises slightly from 200hp to 202hp, but the torque output is unchanged at 441Nm.
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is set to go on sale in the coming months on international markets. Hyundai opened the Indian market for two versions of the Santa Fe. There’s no news on this all-new SUV coming here right now, though.
Currently, the carmaker is evaluating their large three-row SUV, the Palisade, for the Indian market. Hyundai is expected to introduce the Tucson facelift very soon, at Auto Expo 2020, earlier this year, the SUV was showcased. It’s also hoped Hyundai will introduce the all-new i20 hatchback in the coming months.