2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets Plug-In Hybrid Powertrain

After the last year’s massive facelift, we would normally expect to see the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe without more important updates. However, that won’t be the case, as the Korean carmaker is bringing another important novelty for the next year. We are about to see another hybrid version in the offer, this time in a PHEV form. The new version is already ready for the market and it should hit showrooms this fall.

On the other hand, the rest of the lineup will continue in the same way. This means that you may count on all those changes that were introduced with the last year’s facelift. This update includes novelties in all aspects, so there is no doubt that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe will look very fresh in every aspect. Besides the new plug-in hybrid, it will continue with three familiar powertrain options in the offer. The launch date is expected for the fall.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid

The new plug-in hybrid powertrain is the most important novelty for the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe, without any doubt. The new version will come with a couple of upgrades, compared to the standard hybrid version. One of them is a more powerful electric motor, which is good for about 90 horses. On the other hand, the 1.6-liter gasoline engine continues in the same way, with a total output of 177 horses. The total output goes up to 260 horsepower, which is 44hp more compared to the standard hybrid version.

Besides more power, this model will also feature a bigger battery, with a capacity of 13.8 kW. That’s enough to ensure the max range of around 31 miles, according to the manufacturer. Interestingly, this version is a little bit thirstier compared to the standard hybrid model and returns around 33 mph combined.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Redesign

If we consider how massive the last year’s facelift was, there is no doubt that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe will come without any significant change. Simply, the recent refresh has brought completely new styling, just two years after the redesign. It has brought a completely new front end, with a more massive grille, sharper headlights, sportier bumper etc. So, the best we could see for the next year are new color options. Also, we won’t exclude the possibility to see the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV with a couple of exclusive styling details.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid

On the other side, the mechanical aspect didn’t change much since the redesign and we have no doubt things will remain like that in the next few years. So, you may count on a familiar ride quality, which is more about comfort than sporty ride. The suspension setup is on a soft side, while steering isn’t particularly direct.


Interior changes aren’t expected either. The recent update has also brought changes on the inside, especially in terms of the center console. It features a new layout, with a push-button shifter and a new button configuration. Furthermore, there is a new touchscreen, with an updated infotainment system.

So, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe will continue to deliver a familiar cabin design, which looks pretty nice. The materials are really good, as well as the build quality. Besides attractive aesthetics, this crossover also offers plenty of room and accommodates adults in both rows with ease.

When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 72.1 cubic feet behind the front seats. Those are pretty good ratings for the class, but rivals like Honda Passport are even more generous with cargo volume.

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Interior

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Engines

Besides the new PHEV model, the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe will continue with here familiar powertrain options. Base models will carry on with a good-old 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four, which puts out around 181 horsepower. While that’s plenty enough for daily commuting, more ambitious drivers would probably want more. Therefore, Hyundai also offers a pretty capable turbo-four engine, which features a max output of 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. Obviously, dynamics are far better with this engine, while another big difference is that the turbo-four comes with a dual-clutch transmission, while the base engine comes in pair with a classic 8-speed automatic.

The Santa Fe Hybrid combines a 1.6-liter turbo-four with a 60-kW electric motor. The combined output goes around 226 horsepower. Also, you may count on pretty good fuel economy with this one, which goes around 34 miles per gallon in a combined ride.

Release Date and Price

We expect to see 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 28.000 dollars. The new plug-in hybrid is expected to start at around 37.000 dollars.

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