Hyundai Limits Santa Fe Powertrain Choice in Main Markets

The new Hyundai Santa Fe SUV boasts a selection of powertrains albeit individually aimed at specific global markets so restricting consumer choice.

In Korea and North America, the latest generation vehicle will be firstly available with a gasoline 2.5-liter turbocharged engine married to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This unit claims a maximum engine output of 277bhp and maximum torque of 310ft-lbs. The second option is a gasoline 1.6-liter turbocharged self-charging hybrid with a 6-speed automatic transmission claiming a maximum output of 177bhp and maximum torque of 195ft-lbs.

Meanwhile in Europe, the Santa Fe will also be limited to two powertrain choices, including the same 1.6-liter turbocharged self-charging hybrid as above, or a gasoline 1.6-liter turbocharged plug-in hybrid with the six-speed automatic gearbox, claiming a maximum combustion engine output of 157bhp and maximum torque of 195ft-lbs. Power from the hybrid system and total system output are still to be confirmed.

In other global markets, the model will also be available with a naturally aspirated gasoline 2.5-liter engine with an 8-speed transmission with a maximum engine output of 191bhp and maximum torque of 181ft-lbs.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_  and Threads

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