It looks like the Korean carmaker wants to keep Santa Fe highly competitive at any cost. Despite that the current generation has been around for just a couple of years, the 2021 model received a massive facelift, which included both exterior and interior changes. Normally, we would expect no bigger changes for the next year but that won’t happen. Once again, Hyundai will bring huge novelties. We are about to see the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid. More precisely, two hybrid versions have been prepared. A classic hybrid model is already here, while the plug-in hybrid is about to hit the market in summer.
On the other side, the overall layout is about to remain the same. You may count on the same design, which has been updated recently. There is a new styling, as well as a new interior. Both make this crossover look more upscale and more appealing. Of course, we also like the long list of standard equipment, as well as a pretty smooth ride.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Specs
The standard hybrid version of this crossover has already been introduced and we are pretty impressed with its specs. The system is based on a familiar 1.6-liter turbo-four engine and gets significant help from a 60-hp electric motor. The combined output goes around 230 horsepower, which is enough to move this car from zero to sixty in about 9 seconds. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 34 mpg combined.
On the other side, the plug-in hybrid model is coming this some. Compared to the standard hybrid version, it comes with a couple of interesting upgrades. First of all, it comes with a more powerful, 90-hp electric motor, while the turbo-four is the same. The total output goes around 265 horsepower, so you may count on slightly better overall performance. More importantly, this model comes with a bigger battery package, which is good for about 12.4 kWh. With such a capacity, we expect that the new model will be able to make around 30 miles on pure electric power. When it comes to fuel economy, the company claims 33 mpg combined.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Design
While the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will spec will be significantly different compared to standard gasoline models, the overall design will remain pretty much the same. Of course, the battery pack will make it heavier, but the overall chassis design will be the same. Also, we count on the same suspension setup, which should provide similar driving characteristics.
It is pretty hard to find bigger differences in terms of styling. Of course, you may count on all the novelties that came with the recent update. That facelift was pretty massive and it has brought a completely new front face, with a new grille, new headlights, bumper etc. We expect that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will continue in the same way.
The same thing can be said for the inside of this crossover. We do not doubt that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid interior will come with the same layout, which has been updated last year significantly. We saw a completely new center console, which now looks more massive, includes finer material and comes with new controls. One of the first things you’ll notice is a new, electronic gear shifter, as well as a large infotainment screen. Also, there is a large 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Since the battery is positioned under the floor, we don’t expect that the interior will suffer too much in terms of space. The amount of passenger room will probably remain the same, though we could see a slightly smaller cargo area.
We expect to see the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid with a pretty long list of standard and available equipment. Base models will come with an 8-inch infotainment screen, while a bigger 10.3-inch unit will be available too. Also, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be part of the standard equipment. Furthermore, you may count on wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while a premium 12-speaker audio system will be available.
When it comes to safety features, we expect a pretty long list of goodies. The list of standard equipment should include forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist etc.
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Release Date and Price
As we already mentioned, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid has already been presented, while the plug-in hybrid will hit the market in summer. When it comes to the price, the standard hybrid will go around 32.000 dollars, while the PHEV should start at around 35.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Nissan Murano, Chevy Blazer, Ford Edge, Kia Sorento etc.