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What engines will the new Hyundai Santa Fe have? Turbo petrol and hybrid, no diesel


It’s highly likely that the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe won’t feature a turbo-diesel engine, as the company moves away from diesel production

The upcoming Hyundai Santa Fe may look remarkably different from its predecessor, but it’s likely its powertrain line-up will ring in the changes, too. 

Chasing Cars understands that the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe will likely ditch the previous 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine as the brand moves away from diesel power altogether. 

What is much more likely to power the new Santa Fe will be a mix of turbo-petrol and turbo-hybrid drivetrains.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe front 3/4 near beach
This is the all-new 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe

Although it’s still unconfirmed, in the press imagery for Hyundai’s upcoming large SUV, a 2.5T badge was clearly visible, an obvious reference to the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine currently in service throughout the Hyundai Motor Group. 

This engine, known by its engine code Smartstream G4KR, currently powers several Genesis models, including the G70, G80, GV70 and GV80. The Kia Stinger has also used this engine. Outputs for the 2.5-litre turbo petrol are rated at 224kW/422Nm

What about hybrid or full-electric power for the next Santa Fe?

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe front 3/4 driving in sand
It’s likely that the new Santa Fe will ditch diesel engines

The upcoming fifth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is also likely to get hybrid power. We speculate Australian-delivered Santa Fes will use a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol supported by a plug-in hybrid setup. 

In markets such as the UK, this plug-in hybrid setup is already available on the fourth-generation Santa Fe.

The petrol engine produces outputs of 132kW/265Nm, with an additional 66kW/304Nm provided by a single electric motor. 

Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Highlander 2023 front corner
The current-generation Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Highlander

The soon-to-be-released Hyundai Santa Fe is likely to have a very similar setup to this, with a battery capacity of around 13.8kWh. 

Hyundai claims that this hybrid system has a combined fuel consumption of just 1.63L/100km. 

But what about a fully electric Santa Fe?

Hyundai Ioniq 7 2024 front end
What the electric Hyundai Ioniq 7 could look like!

This is highly unlikely for the fifth-generation car, as the electric role will be filled by the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 7, which is based on the Kia EV9 electric SUV. 

It’s unlikely that Hyundai would develop an electric Santa Fe as the vehicle would likely step on the toes of the Ioniq 7 when it comes to market.