The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe's Engines May Look A Little Familiar
The powertrains in the Santa Fe carryover, despite the new body.
Hyundai certainly shocked the internet and the general public when it revealed its downright rectilinear all-new Santa Fe. Now that we’ve had time to process the design, Hyundai has given us more details about its striking new mid-sized crossover. The body may be all new, but other parts of the Santa Fe might seem a little familiar.
Dimensionally, the Santa Fe is longer than the old car, with some of that newfound length going to the wheelbase. Thus, the third row of seats has returned; the old Santa Fe was strictly a two-row crossover in the US and Canada. The length and wide opening rear trunk aperture should make for easier loading of big items, too. It shouldn’t intrude on the mega-sized Hyundai Palisade either; it’s still about 6 inches (152 millimeters) shorter than that crossover.
The Santa Fe’s engines stay roughly the same, though. The main powerplant will be a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, good for 277 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. The standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine in the current model has been dropped, at least for the US and Canadian markets That engine will be available in other places of the world. The Santa Fe hybrid continues on with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, electric motor, all-wheel-drive, and six-speed automatic with 226 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid model has been dropped for the US and Canada.
Although it is unfortunate that the plug-in hybrid model won’t make a return, it sounds like the rest of the Santa Fe is ready to bring strong competition to the mid-sized crossover segment. With strong looks and solid powertrains, the new Santa Fe looks ready to do fierce battle when it goes on sale in early 2024.
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