We are in for a treat, there are reports that the new 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe is on the way. This would be the fifth generation of the very popular SUV. Hyundai saw a decrease in sales recently. Mostly due to new SUVs coming out and better styling. Santa Fe is reliable and sturdy and lasts for a long time per buyer reviews. But in order to preserve its dominance, Hyundai is rushing the next generation of its flagship SUV. Of course, we all want to know what kind of changes are planned for the mid-cycle refresh. Since it has been only 4 years since the last Santa Fe redesign, we believe that most of it will go unchanged.
However, we can surely expect stylistic improvements. As well as some technological upgrades on both interior and exterior. The engine department could see some changes though. Most anticipated are the new hybrid variants. Rumors are that Hyundai wants to hurry this build-up because complete electrification is in order. This would be a great step toward the future for Santa Fe and we are sure many buyers would love it.
The extent of changes is still not official but let’s read along to find out more about the upcoming redesign of the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe.
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
Luxury is something sought after in today’s SUVs. So what can Hyundai do to give Santa Fe a fighting chance? Well, a lot actually. Starting with the seats, per reports, not everyone is thrilled with the current seating composition and design. Putting more cushioning in them should do the trick. This would negate the bumpiest of roads. Also, good lumbar support is a must. No one likes having a stiff back after a long ride and then having problems getting out of their vehicle. Heated and ventilated seats are a feature that should be incorporated. It is not that modern and expensive but is a life saver in the harshest of environments.
The instrument panel will be lined with leather. Also, we forgot to mention you can choose among three choices for upholstery material. Leather, suede, and fabric, allow for some nice customization options. Also, there is a choice of color for the interior. We don’t often see this, except for the most luxurious SUVs. Putting some chrome or wood accents along the cabin would do wonders for the whole cabin and its luxury feel. A central infotainment system is present, presumably 13 inches in size. That way the back row of people can join in on the fun. There might be a third row, we are still uncertain. But we are sure that Santa Fe will be a full four-door vehicle in all cab versions.
The overall instrument panel will look a lot cleaner with far fewer buttons and knobs. The steering wheel will have some buttons of course. This way the driver is focused on the front and not looking around to change a setting. The dashboard is also digital, which is a nice upgrade and a good step toward the future. This way you can customize all the information you want to track and keep your eyes on the front. There will be a middle section between the passenger and driver seat with cup holders and some controls. A storage compartment will be present as well.
The safety aspect is also addressed with some features that are quite common nowadays. Expect your regular collision alert, lane change alert, pedestrian detection, and automatic braking system. Many other features will be installed but these are some of the most important ones. Hands-free driving should be available. We know that some manufacturers, namely Ford and GMC have their BlueCruise and SuperCruise which are a great success. So Hyundai might borrow theirs or invest in their own program. This is a nice feature to have, especially on a long road. Drivers can relax behind the wheel, while the computer takes them down pre-mapped roads.
The new 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe looks more aggressive and bolder with this redesign. The overall body design is sleeker. More curves are introduced to improve wind drag and handling. This also improves fuel economy, and we all know how much that is important to buyers. The hood has a sporty look. In front, the front fascia has a huge lightweight mesh with the new Hyundai logo. In some countries, you can get it with a backlight.
The headlight design is square but with several LED bulbs to improve visibility. Bumpers are almost invisible as they are incorporated into the design so as to not be prominent. But worry not, they are still there. The mesh is also big for another reason, to keep everything cool under the hood. Ride height is unchanged, the SUV resides on 19-inch lightweight alloy rims. It will be interesting to see if different trims can get them colored.
Under the hood, things might get interesting for the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe. Current information indicates that Hyundai might stick with the 1.6-liter engine used in the previous Santa Fe. It is a TGDI hybrid engine with a plug-in hybrid system. This won’t be changed completely, but perhaps upgraded for better efficiency.
This engine system can produce 226 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid has a 13.8 kWh battery pack for 30 miles of electricity. It will be interesting to see if full electrification is in order. Santa Fe is not a small SUV so a 150 kWh battery would make sense. This would move everything under the cabin and allow for even more storage under the hood. Perhaps a three-row SUV is possible with that.
Price and Release Date
No official date is yet announced, but we can expect to see the new 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe on the road later in 2023 probably. Starting price is also not given. But estimates put this SUV in the $40.000 range for the basic version. Certain upgrades could make the price spike quickly.