Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid crossover SUV specs revealed
Hyundai has finally revealed some official info on its Santa Fe Hybrid crossover SUV technology study.
Although the concept SUV sports a fuel consumption of only 6.2L/100km (38 mpg US), not the previously announced 5.35L/100km (44 mpg US) level, the gasoline-electric Santa Fe would still be quite an interesting product if it ever hits Hyundai’s dealerships.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid SUV, company reports, is motivated by a 2.4-liter Theta gasoline engine that features a remapped ECU and works together with a 41PS electric motor.
The latter is coupled directly to a six-speed automatic transmission and gets its power from a 270V lithium polymer battery pack.
The car-based SUV has received a gearbox with extended top three gear ratio and a set of low-resistance tires. Other improvements include revised major driveline and cooling system components.
It’s not clear whether the hybrid-powered SUV will be more fun to drive than the current, rather sluggish, gasoline-powered version, since Hyundai says nothing about car’s zero to 100km/h and 80 to 120km/h acceleration time.
Its top speed is rated at rather disappointing 170km/h, but there is a hope that the production model, if ever, will be more driver-friendly.
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