New Hyundai Santa Fe goes hybrid for 2020

Published: 03 June 2020

► ICE, hybrid and PHEV Santa Fe
► New 2020 SUV ups the luxury
► Fresh platform and tech, too

Hyundai’s full-size, seven-seat Santa Fe has undergone a significant overhaul for 2020, with the refreshed version going on sale in September of 2020.

The update includes a design refresh, a whole new cockpit and all-new platform underneath that offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain options.

The Santa Fe’s front end sees the biggest exterior design change, with a brutish grille arrangement and new T-shaped DRLs that show off a clever 3D effect of the front bumper. Bulky wheelarches and new wheel designs carry on the look, while the rear has seen the least change to the now outgoing model. Hyundai says a ‘Luxury Package’ that contains 20-inch wheels and body-coloured wheelarches.

Santa Fe 2020 interior

Inside, the changes are much more drastic. A new high centre console swoops up to a chunky dashboard that now houses a new 10.25-inch widescreen infotainmenet system and optional digital instruments. The centre console also does without a shifter; the Santa Fe uses a similar shift-by-wire button system similar to that on the Kona Electric and Nexo hydrogen fuel cell car, and a new drive mode dial that includes modes for on-road and off-road driving situations.

Santa Fe 2020 rear tracking

Hyundai is giving little away on the new powertrain range, but says the updated Santa Fe will be the first car in Europe to use the brand’s ‘Smartstream’ hybrid power – much like the recently-revealed Kia Sorento. The Santa Fe is also the first Hyundai in Europe to use a new ‘third-generation’ platform – the Sonata in the US and Grandeur in Asian markets already use this platform.

More information is to follow. Stay tuned.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches