Hyundai Australia will bolster its Santa Fe line-up with the addition of V6 petrol power very soon.
Speaking at the local launch for the all-new Venue on the Sunshine Coast, Hyundai’s local boss, J.W. Lee, indicated the option of V6 petrol and front-wheel drive will return for the new Santa Fe range, much like the related Kia Sorento, before the end of this year.
“It’s coming,” he said, “the plan is to have it here before the end of this year.”
The petrol engine in question is a 3.5-litre V6 developing 206kW and 335Nm, which will be mated with an eight-speed automatic driving the front wheels.
Unlike left-hand drive markets, where all-wheel drive is available with the V6 petrol engine, Hyundai Australia has indicated a ‘packaging issue’ is to blame for all-paw traction being unavailable for the petrol V6.
Given Hyundai’s usual pricing structure, the petrol V6 should be a couple thousand dollars cheaper than the equivalent diesel all-wheel drive across all trim levels.
Currently, the Santa Fe Active diesel is priced from $46,000 plus on-road costs.
Using the Kia Sorento as a guide, a Santa Fe Active V6 FWD should be around $2500 more affordable, bringing the entry price to around $43,500 - which is $500 more than the current 2.4-litre petrol Santa Fe Active with all-wheel drive.
It's also worth noting the difference in fuel consumption when opting for petrol power. The 2.2-litre diesel with all-wheel drive claims to use 7.5L/100km in the current Santa Fe. By comparison, the front-driven V6-powered Kia Sorento claims 10.0L/100km combined.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates over the coming months.