India-bound 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe (facelift) spotted up close – Spied

Aravind

Aravind Jayachandran, It goes without saying that I'm a huge petrolhead and can apparently convert all my driving emotions into words you can read.

Comes with a new “e-4WD” hybrid powertrain.

Days after the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe was spotted undisguised by the Korean Car Blog, the same publication have posted more up-close pictures, focusing on the design changes done to the exterior of Hyundai’s flagship SUV.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe front end spotted up close
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe features re-designed bumpers for a sportier stance, slightly revised chrome slats in the 6-point grille.

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe retains the Storm Edge design language, but Hyundai improves the look by re-designing the front and rear bumpers for a sportier stance, slightly revises the chrome slats in the 6-point grille, while featuring Tucson-inspired exhaust tips and new alloy wheel designs.

It also gets new fog lamps enclosed by chrome fixtures, black plastic elements in the headlamps, and an updated cluster design for the LED taillights.

One of the biggest additions to the 2016 Santa Fe is the “e-4WD” hybrid option, making it the first mass production hybrid SUV for Hyundai. It comprises of electric motors that drive the rear wheels, while the petrol motor powers the front wheels, thus eliminating the need for a propeller shaft across the underbody. The battery (likely a lithium-based unit) can be charged using the car’s regenerative braking or a plug-in feature.

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe rear end spotted up close
The Santa Fe also gets an updated cluster design for the LED taillights and Tucson-inspired exhaust tips.

For the Indian market, the 2.2-liter four cylinder diesel engine will likely be retained when the facelift reaches the sub-continent. In its current guise, it outputs 197 PS and 436 Nm of torque (420 Nm with the manual transmission). Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic, and the newly developed 7-speed DCT could be given the Santa Fe to serve.

Given that the government recently introduced the FAME initiative (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and hybrid vehicles), which allots incentives for electric and hybrid car owners, HMIL could also consider bringing the e-4WD variant as an image booster.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Review engine
For the Indian market, the 2.2-liter four cylinder diesel engine will be retained.

Also Read: IAB reader snaps top-end Hyundai ix25 on test in Greater Noida

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe will be globally unveiled and launched in Korea in the coming months. An Indian launch could take place next year, but as Hyundai India haven’t been timely with CKD model interventions, they may take much longer to introduce it here. The Santa Fe’ arch rivals, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner, will undergo a generational change, which could prompt the Koreans to fast-track its launch.

Hyundai Santa Fe (current model) – Image Gallery

[Source: The Korean Car Blog]

Contribute to IAB
Submit Spyshots & get Bragging rights! Click Here
Custom Mods on your ride? Get it featured on IAB Submit

Hyundai Santa Fe News & Updates

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport rendering

Next-gen 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe rendered by Korean media

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe front three quarters spy shot

Next-gen 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe spied, to launch globally next year

Next-gen Hyundai Santa Fe rendering

Next-gen Hyundai Santa Fe rendered

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe (facelift) front at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe (facelift) – Geneva Motor Show Live

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe headlamp at the IAA 2015

Hyundai Santa Fe sets personal best sales – Korea

2016 Hyundai Elantra launched press shots

Hyundai India to launch 1 new model every year till 2020, invest INR 1,000 Cr on each – Report