A new e-4WD variant is reportedly joining the facelifted lineup.
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe (facelift) has been photographed in Korea recently, ahead of its international introduction this year. While a model year update was brought into the Korean market with new features, it did not have appreciable cosmetic changes, which the facelift will cover.
Updates noticed in the spyshots include a Tucson inspired exhaust, recast front and rear bumpers, sharper chrome grille, new LED front and rear lights, and a new alloy wheel design.
An earlier report claimed that the Santa Fe would be the beneficiary of an e-4WD system that puts an electric motor on the rear axle of the car, while the gasoline engine will spin the front wheels. Additionally, a regenerative braking system would be added to enhance the efficiency, claimed the report.
Reports from Europe say that Hyundai would upgrade the engines/transmissions on the Santa Fe, for lower CO2 emissions and increased efficiency.
The Santa Fe was launched in India at the 2014 Auto Expo with power coming from a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Averaging sales of about 125 units a month, the vehicle is assembled at the Chennai plant, and the same type of manufacturing should ensue when the facelift arrives in India.