I’ll just start by saying…that is one good looking SUV ! (and one that helps you stand out on the roads, for sure)
The 2021 Santa Fe is more than just a facelift.
The Santa Fe was developed to offer a premium experience while meeting the complete needs of an entire family. A fresh look and feel along with new features can be seen from all sides of the car as well as the interior.
“We modernized the New Santa Fe with premium features and appealing aesthetics that are sure to add value. The bold lines that extend from one side to the other and from front to back give Santa Fe a rugged yet refined look that SUV customers want. Besides, we’ve added numerous features and functions to create a truly family-focused SUV that is a pleasure to drive.”SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and head of Global Design Center.
Headline features include a new ventilation system that improves air movement through the engine bay, allowing heat to dissipate and improving the Santa Fe’s stability. Heavy components are also located lower in the chassis for a lower centre of gravity.
You can see from the pictures – the front section of the 2021 Santa Fe is defined by the wide grille that extends across the entire width of the vehicle. The shape of the lower air intake also extends the horizontal line to make the vehicle’s wide and well-balanced stance more prominent.
The grille, with its signature geometric patterned inlay, also houses the headlamps, a signature style you can find on a number of Hyundai cars. The LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) start at the top of the grille and cut through it to create unique T-shapes at each corner when lit.
If you look at the shape of the DRLs, you’ll see that it kinda looks similar to the DRLs in modern Volvos, like the XC90. Even more interesting – the shape of the DRLs reminds me of the Tesla logo.
Each side section of the New Santa Fe is characterized by a seamless line that connects the DRL to the taillights, giving the car a sporty look.
The increased width on wheel arches accentuates the SUV’s rugged and powerful character, which is also emphasized by 20-inch wheels.
The New Santa Fe’s redesigned taillights are connected across the rear hatch by a slim illuminated bar, similar to a lot of newly released cars nowadays, like the Porsche Panamera, 911 and Cayenne, Audi Q8,
The New Santa Fe’s redesigned interior now provides more space, comfort, and convenience compared to the previous model. It also takes the car to a new level of luxury with every component finished in premium soft-touch materials. The center console sits high, giving the driver and front passenger the feeling of sitting in an armchair.
The buttons are all centered for intuitive and ergonomic use. In the middle of the redesigned center console sits gear shift buttons along with other functions that are used often. The shift-by-wire system allowed the designers to put buttons instead of the conventional shift knob.
For the first time, the new Santa Fe comes with a Terrain Mode selector: a control knob located in the center console to conveniently switch between different drive modes, optimizing performance and HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) settings for a variety of driving situations.
This feature includes unique modes for sand, snow, and mud, as well as eco, sport, comfort, and smart modes. Smart mode automatically recognizes the driving style and selects a mode so the driver does not have to.
The new center console’s layout freed up space for more storage in the redesigned lower dashboard.
The console also accommodates a new 10.25-inch AVN(audio, video, navigation) touchscreen display with pre-loaded maps, satellite-based voice-guided navigation, rear camera display, and complete in-car entertainment and connectivity features.