2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Adds Innovative Design, Powertrain


by Bennett Oghifo

Hyundai has announced the introduction of its 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with a freshened design motif, advanced front and rear lighting signatures, new hybrid powertrain with all-wheel drive and extensive new driver safety and convenience features.

A statement by the automaker said the hybrid propulsion system is the first application of its kind in the Hyundai SUV line-up. In addition, a new, upscale Calligraphy trim will be offered for the first time. Santa Fe internal combustion models will be produced at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and will arrive at dealerships by the end of the year, while the Santa Fe Hybrid model will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will arrive in the first quarter 2021. In addition, a Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid model will arrive later in 2021.

2021 Santa Fe Highlights Exterior

New, range-topping Calligraphy trim adds even more content and differentiation New front and rear bumper fascia, grille, headlamp, tail lamp and LED lighting signatures

New power-folding side mirrors and puddle lamps New front and rear skid plates and muffler design New alloy wheel designs


New, standard Smartstream 2.5-liter direct-injected and multi-point injected four-cylinder engine (with idle, stop and go) with eight-speed automatic transmission replaces former 2.4-liter direct-injected engine

New, available Smartstream 2.5-liter turbocharged, direct-injected powertrain with eight-speed wet, dual-clutch transmission (DCT) replaces former 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with an 18 percent increase in power

New, available Smartstream 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid electric powertrain variant with six-speed automatic HEV-tuned transmission and HTRAC® all-wheel drive standard

New shift-by-wire transmission mode selector frees up center console switchgear space

New 7-pin trailer wire connection replaces former 4-pin design on 2.5T models

New trailer sway control function for towing


Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian Detection

New, additional Cyclist and Junction-Turning Detection

New Parking Collision Avoidance Assist – Reverse Function.

New Highway Drive Assist (new, next-generation convenience functions)

New Lane Following Assist

New, navigation-based Smart Cruise Control with Road Curve Control


New quilted premium Nappa leather seating surfaces and soft-touch padding

New premium door panel accents and eco-suede headliner

New center stack and console design with new lower instrument panel design

New driver profile settings (Integrated Memory System, HVAC Control, Radio)

New ambient lighting selections

Rear cargo area volume increased by one-half cubic foot

Technology and Multi-media

New, larger eight-inch audio display (formerly seven-inch), new, larger 10.25-inch widescreen navigation display (formerly eight-inch)

New, segment-leading 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display

New Digital Key functions, a segment-exclusive feature

Remote Start cabin temperature, heated and ventilated seat settings control

New Harman-Kardon premium audio system

New Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), a segment-exclusive feature

New Dynamic Voice Recognition system (voice commands for temperature, radio, trunk)

New wireless charging pad for devices

New wireless Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® (SE, SEL and SEL Convenience trim)

Bold New Look

The bold new face of the Santa Fe is enhanced with a wider, three-dimensional grille and a striking T-shaped LED illumination signature, including daytime running lights. The new silhouette sports a horizontal cabin profile, scalloped lower door panels and a long, highly-defined hood, with character lines extending from front to rear. Sharp shoulder crease lines connect front and rear LED lights, while rear reflector accents visually link the LED rear taillights.

The profile of the Santa Fe features a large daylight opening (DLO) with a satin surround that provides a sleek appearance with excellent visibility. The alloy wheels receive all new designs and add a new 20-inch alloy wheel. The roof side rails have a fresh design, and power-folding side mirrors with turn-signal indicators and puddle lamps are now available.