It is quite obvious that popularity of hybrid is growing at a fast pace. With technology improvements price is getting lower and these models are more affordable and reachable for larger number of buyers. Because of this we were able to hear rumors about the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid that could be presented in the next few months.
What we immediately need to say about this model is that at this point these details that we have are only rumors and that it is not certain if it will be delivered or when it will be delivered. One of the models in this segment that already offers hybrid powertrain, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, is quite popular and this is the vehicle to which Hyundai may be looking to take on a piece of the market. If the gasoline electric version comes to the market we are sure that additional number of buyers will be interested in this brand.
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid
This is not the first time that we are able to hear rumors about possible hybrid powertrain in this model. According to Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik this car is a maybe and that it is still on the table if it will be delivered or not. Seven seat hybrid is something for which there would be a decent market part we are pretty sure about it. For those that are still interested in a standard gasoline powered version can go to 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Review and get more information’s.
Powertrain info is scarce and we still do not have any official details about it. What we do know is the fact that Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is delivered with combination of 2.4 liter I4 cylinder engine and 35 kW electric motor. Total amount that this system in Sonata offers is rated to 206 hp but the problem is the fact that the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid would be much larger and heavier meaning that this amount of power would not be enough for it to be powered. Currently there is 2.0 liter turbocharged gasoline version with 264 hp and more powerful 3.3 liter V6 naturally aspirated model with 290 hp. Base version that offers only five seats is delivered with 2.4 liter engine that produces 190 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque.
When we add additional row of seats it will further increase the weight and because of that 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will need to offer additional amount of power. Sonata powertrain could be a base but we do expect to see larger gasoline engine or more powerful electric unit which is more likely to be offered in this setup. Fuel economy is also a thing about which we do not have any details but the Sonata returns 36/40/38 mpg in city/highway/combined drive cycle which is significantly better than the standard Sonata. If similar trend continues with Santa Fe Hybrid then these numbers could go up to 28/34 mpg in city/ highway.
Rumors About 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid
Direction in which the powertrain development for this model will be going could be similar with what we are getting from Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Under the hood of this, one of the main competitors, we are getting 3.5 liter V6 that is combined with two electric motors. Max power that it can deliver is set to 280 hp while the EPA rating is 28 mpg combined.
To be competitive the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid will obviously need to offer at least 250 hp and fuel economy that is similar to 28 mpg in combined drive cycle or even higher. Another thing on which Hyundai will need to pay attention is the price of new hybrid making it competitive with Highlander. Base version of Toyota representative in this segment is offered with price of slightly above $ 40,000 while better equipped models are priced at almost $ 47,000 and we do expect Hyundai to be at least slightly cheaper and to have slight advantage in this segment.