Hyundai confirms hybrid and PHEV for new Santa Fe
Hyundai has confirmed hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be added to the Santa Fe SUV.
Likely to arrive in 2020, the company confirmed their flagship SUV will receive a full array of hybrid powertrains, ranging from 48V mild hybrid, to hybrid and plug-in hybrid.
Although there is little detail to go on for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid Santa Fe models, the mild hybrid variant will be the first to market, joining a powerful 48V system to a 2.0-litre diesel that can add torque to the engine thus improving efficiency.
The mild hybrid system operates seamlessly, thanks to a setup similar to a stop and start system only with more power and a larger battery. It does not, however, offer any electric-only range and instead can only support the combustion engine. When decelerating, the motor becomes a generator and recuperates energy that would otherwise be lost, topping up the battery.
By contrast, both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid Santa Fe will likely run petrol engines – possibly similar to those found in the Ioniq, but likely with more power. These may also be matched to the company’s new eight-speed automatic gearbox, rather than the seven-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission) found in Hyundai’s existing hybrid line-up.