My husband and I own a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe that we are very happy with. Since it is starting to age, we want to get a new vehicle. In order to optimize fuel consumption, we thought of opting for a sport utility vehicle that would be hybrid or plug-in hybrid. We tried the Toyota RAV4 Prime, but found it too small for our family needs. Do you have any information about the possible arrival of a hybrid version of the Santa Fe?
The Hyundai Santa Fe is indeed a more spacious sport utility vehicle than the Toyota RAV4, although the latter is far from the worst in its segment.
You should first know that the Santa Fe 2021 is available in three versions: Essential, Preferred and Ultimate Calligraphy. For the moment, only two traditional gasoline engines are offered. The first two versions are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder engine. As for the more opulent version, it is entitled to the same displacement, but this is enhanced by the turbocharging.
If the Essential version is the only one that can be delivered with front drive wheels, note that the Preferred and Ultimate Calligraphy versions are equipped with the four-wheel drive system as standard.
As for the Santa Fe hybrid, Jean-François Taylor, senior product public relations specialist for Hyundai Canada, has confirmed that it will arrive in dealerships within the next two months. As for the plug-in hybrid version, he said that its arrival was scheduled for the second half of this year.
As for the price range of the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions, it will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder that will be combined with a 44 kW electric motor and a 1.5 kWh battery.
In the same category of vehicles, you might also be interested in the Toyota Venza, whose hybrid powertrain comes standard.
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