Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid delayed to late 2022

The petrol-electric hybrid version the Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seater is not due in Australia until the final months of this year.

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid seven-seat family SUV has been delayed again, with production for Australia postponed until the second half of 2022.

The Santa Fe HybridHyundai’s answer to the Toyota Kluger Hybrid – was first confirmed in September 2020 for an Australian launch in mid-2021, before being pushed back to the second half of 2021, and then early 2022, alongside its Kia Sorento Hybrid sibling.

Now, Hyundai Australia says production of the Santa Fe Hybrid is due to commence in the second half of 2022, with initial deliveries to customers also slated to occur by the end of the year – though any subsequent delays would likely see the model slip into 2023.

Pricing is yet to be revealed – nor which variants the hybrid powertrain will be offered – however South Korean pricing suggests a premium of $4000 to $5000 for the front-wheel-drive model over an equivalent diesel model, with a further $2000 added for all-wheel drive.

This would push the price of a flagship Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander Hybrid AWD to approximately $72,000 before on-road costs, or between $78,000 and $80,000 drive-away. For comparison, a Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid is $75,400 before on-road costs, or about $83,000 drive-away.

Powering the Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is a 132kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, paired to a 44kW electric motor and a 1.5kWh battery pack, which use a six-speed automatic transmission to send 169kW to the front or all four wheels (in overseas markets).

In Europe, the range-topping, front-wheel-drive Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid variant claims to sip seven per cent less fuel than an equivalent all-wheel-drive diesel (5.5L/100km vs 5.9L/100km), while the all-wheel-drive hybrid claims to consume 3.4 per cent more fuel, at 6.1L/100km.

Converting these differences would see combined fuel consumption claims of 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres for a front-wheel-drive Highlander Hybrid, or 6.3L/100km for an all-wheel-drive model, compared to 6.1L/100km for the all-wheel-drive diesel locally. A Kluger Grande Hybrid claims 5.6L/100km.

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is due to go on sale in Australia in the second half of 2022. Local prices and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

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