The new generation of Hyundai’s most famous crossover is here, more rugged and more attractive than ever. The Korean manufacturer just did a full redesign and it seems like the changes are way more substantial compared to what you would normally expect from the next generation. The new model brings a completely new design approach, along with new technologies and other upgrades. And, the 2025 Hyundai Santa Fe will follow, as the second production year of the new generation. What to expect?
Although it will represent the second production year, the 2025 Hyundai Santa Fe will still bring some important updates. Namely, some sources speculate about the new off-road-oriented model, while there is also a possibility to see a new hybrid powertrain on offer. Other than that, the overall design should remain the same, though we won’t exclude the possibility of seeing some novelties in terms of standard and available equipment.
2025 Hyundai Santa Fe Design
As mentioned, the 2025 Hyundai Santa Fe will represent the second generation of the new generation and, therefore, the overall design will remain the same. Simply said, the new generation brought some pretty radical changes, especially when it comes to styling. Compared to the previous, sleek-designed model, the new one is completely the opposite, with a super boxy shape that clearly accentuates the practical side of this SUV. Compared to the previous generation, the new model is taller, boxier and more rugged, and that brings benefits in many aspects.
Although the initial model year already brings the XRT trim, a version for those with a more adventurous spirit, the 2025 Hyundai Santa Fe is about to be the one to bring a proper off-road version. That model would come with some pretty serious hardware, which would include an upgraded all-wheel drive, with additional traction modes and maybe even low-range gearing. Bigger all-terrain tires also come to mind, along with skid plates and similar things. Some sources also speculate about suspension modifications, which would bring increased ground clearance, better articulation and other benefits.
As for the interior design, we don’t expect to see any changes for the second production year. The 2025 Hyundai Santa Fe will bring the familiar cabin environment, which looks way more stylish than before. With clean lines and a lot of Land Rover vibes, the new interior looks very elegant, and it works perfectly in combination with nice materials and a solid portion of tech features.
All that comes together with a spacious and very practical cabin, which is the main benefit that comes from the new boxy shape. Compared to the previous generation, the new one offers notably more headroom, along with extra cubic feet back in the cargo area. The new model also offers more legroom, not just in the third row, as was expected, but also for the driver and front passenger.
This will be the second production year and, therefore, no one expects significant changes in this aspect. A few minor novelties are possible here and there, but most things will remain the same. Therefore, expect to find base models equipped with goodies like a massive 12.3-inch infotainment screen, and the same-sized digital instrument cluster. The new infotainment works very well and what we particularly like is that the Korean carmaker kept a good portion of physical knobs and buttons, especially for climate and volume controls.
All models come standard with wireless smartphone integration, while you may also count on dual wireless smartphone charging pads, along with several USB ports, Bluetooth and other quintessential connectivity features.
As for safety, base models will come equipped with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning and many more.
2025 Hyundai Santa Fe Engines
The new generation dropped the uninspiring naturally-aspirated inline-four from the offer, so base models now come equipped with a 2.5-liter turbo-four, which offers quite impressive performance, thanks to the max output of 277 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. Also, there is a hybrid version, based on a 1.6-liter turbo-four, with a combined output of 226 horsepower, which offers a perfect blend of performance and efficiency.
For the 2025 Hyundai Santa Fe, some sources speculate about another hybrid powertrain. Surprisingly, the 2024 model didn’t come in a plug-in hybrid version, so we presume that has been left for the second production year. Will it use the same system as before, or we are about to see some upgrades – it’s still unclear.
2025 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2025 Hyundai Santa Fe will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2024, with a starting price of around 33.000 dollars. Key competitors should be models like the Nissan Murano, Honda Passport etc.