2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Getting Facelift, New Powertrains

— which features a new eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission and 277 horsepower/311 lb-ft of torque (estimated)  or the brand’s soon-to-follow hybrid option.

— including Lane Following with Assist, Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Highway Drive Assist. The Santa Fe’s adaptive cruise control system has likewise been updated to utilize the GPS network while its Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist (with Pedestrian Detection) has been modified to better identify cyclists and identify hazards at junctions. But we’ve never been all that confident when it comes to driving nannies and think the interior upgrades will ultimately be the things offering drivers peace of mind.

While the nicest items come via the new range-topping Calligraphy trim, all trims now come with a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system that can now facilitate both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless device charging has also been added, along with voice commands that we doubt anybody is going to use for anything more important than asking the car about the weekend forecast. Customers can similarly option the brand’s new roof rails, power-folding side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, and puddle lamps to complement the new exterior and a deluge of wheel designs on offer.

— giving us an extremely short wait. Meanwhile, the Santa Fe Hybrid is expected in the first quarter of 2021 with a plug-in variant hot on its heels.

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