Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-In Hybrid Coming After 2019

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe (blue)


The all-new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe made its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, with news that it will eventually come as a plug-in hybrid.

Unfortunately, at intial launch, the Santa Fe will only be offered with a selection of ICE powertrains. However, Hyundai made it clear that the 2019 model is paving the way for hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. The automaker didn’t divulge further details about the PHEV, but several pieces of overall model information were revealed.

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2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe interior

The current Santa Fe is somewhat strangely offered as two different models: the five-seat Santa Fe Sport and seven-seat Santa Fe. Its corporate cousin, the Kia Sorento, is set up in the same two configurations, however, it’s marketed as a single model with different seating options. For 2019, the Santa Fe will follow suit … sort of.

The short-wheelbase, five-seat model will simply be called the Santa Fe, while the long-wheelbase model will be coined Santa Fe XL. Perhaps Hyundai will continue to market the vehicles as two separate models and just intends to better clarify the difference?

There is not yet been official clarification regarding whether or not both models will become available with a plug. We can only hope that this is the case, but it’s more likely that the smaller vehicle will be the one with a PHEV option.

Since Hyundai and Kia are accelerating electrification efforts and already have multiple smaller SUVs in either current (or upcoming) hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric configurations, it would make perfect sense for the new offering to be available in the larger model.

Click here to see a walkaround of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe from Geneva, as well as an in-depth first drive review and more photos.

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Source: AutoGuide, Hyundai

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Looking forward to this.


Fire sale on the Outlander PHEV coming soon to a dealership near you!!




Maybe by 2019 Hyundai/Kia can figure out how to electrically heat the cabin. Not holding my breath though.

As much as I’m aware of all the shady $#/+ that VW pulled, I just agreed to buy a used Golf GTE today because I was so disappointed with the Ioniq and Niro PHEVs. Sure, I don’t necessarily want to support VW, but at least they can figure out how to make a PHEV actually run on electricity!


Honda Clarity Phev was not an option ?


Alas, not in Europe. Also not a big fan of sedans, although for Clarity PHEV range I could have maybe lived with a notchback.


Here’s me, not holding my breath.


Bring the Santa Fe on as a PHEV.

This will incentivize FOrd to bring a Energi Explore.


Or Toyota to bring a Rav4 Prime.


I’m confused. Will the Santa Fe PHEV be a MY 2019 or is it more likely to be a MY 2020?

I may wait a little longer for a Santa Fe PHEV rather than getting an Outlander. Hell, I may just get a gas Santa Fe and trade up for a PHEV in a few years. Given how much I like Hyundai cars, I may end up replacing my Volt with an Ioniq (assuming the rumors of GM axing the Volt after the 2nd gen are true).