2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior Passenger Side Rear Aerial Profile

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe New Powertrain Options & Performance Features

A lot of changes have come to the Hyundai Santa Fe for the new model year, but today we wanted to focus specifically on the crossover’s engineering. It has a new selection of powertrain options and a few new performance-enhancing features that we want to highlight. Overall, however, we’re stoked about all of the updates and enhancements in the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe – especially the announcement that a new Santa Fe Hybrid and Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid will be arriving next year as well!

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What are the powertrain options in the new 2021 Santa Fe?

For the 2021 model year, the 2.4L direct-injected engine from last year is being replaced by a new standard option. The new standard engine is a Smartstream 2.5L 4-cylinder option featuring direct injection and multi-point injection, plus idle, stop and go. It’s tethered to an 8-speed automatic transmission to complete the powertrain.

Additionally, the 2.0L turbocharged engine option from last year is being replaced too. So, for 2021, the second available powertrain option is a Smartstream 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that features direct injection and is tethered to an 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. This option is able to generate 18% more power than its predecessor.

Finally, a third option is being introduced for the new model year, an available Smartstream 1.5L turbocharged hybrid electric powertrain tethered to a 6-speed automatic HEV-tuned transmission system plus HTRAC® all-wheel drive as standard features. Naturally, this will be the option found in the upcoming 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, which we’ll detail further in the future.

What other performance features are standard or available in the 2021 Santa Fe?

In addition to the new powertrain selection, the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe features a shift-by-wire transmission mode selector, a 7-pin trailer wire connection and trailer sway control function if you want to tow with your Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior Driver Side Front Profile
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Cabin Dashboard
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior Cabin Rear Seating

Be sure to check back on our blog often for further updates regarding the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and the upcoming 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid options. Don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions that you might have.