The heavily revised Hyundai Santa Fe was unveiled about a month ago, but at the time of the vehicle’s online debut, the South Korean automaker had only shared preliminary details. Now we have more detailed information regarding the European specifications for the new Santa Fe, which becomes the first Hyundai on the continent to offer the company’s new Smartstream engine.
The 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline unit is used in the Santa Fe Hybrid, where it is supported by a 59-horsepower (44 kilowatt) electric motor. Available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations, the powertrain delivers peak power of 230 hp (171 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Newton meters). It is available to order from the first day of Santa Fe sales in Europe.
Next year, a rechargeable hybrid powertrain, which will use the same turbocharged engine but combined with a more powerful 90 hp (66 kW) electric motor and a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, will join the range next year. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission transmitting power to all four wheels, the system generates a maximum of 265 hp (197 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.
In addition, for customers who are not ready to jump on an electrified car, Hyundai will also offer an improved version of its 2.2-liter diesel engine. Compared to the compression ignition unit it replaces, the new engine has an aluminum block, a new camshaft and a new 2200 bar injection system. The inline four-cylinder engine delivers 202 hp (150 kW) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque and will be mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
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The new Santa Fe will go on sale in Europe in September this year, with launch in the U.S. market slated for later this year. We are still awaiting the official details of the North American SUV specification.