2023 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV: Everything we know in 2022

In 2019, the fourth-generation Santa Fe lineup got a facelift and a Plug-in Hybrid model. It came out in the U.S. as part of the MY2022 update for the SUV. The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid will be replaced by the 2023 model later this year, with only minor changes. Here’s what we know about the changes to the Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid that will be sold in the United States:

Design & Features

The Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid for the U.S. market in 2023 is a “carry-over model,” which means that its design hasn’t changed much. It’s just a new model year with changes to the trims or models. As part of the MY2023 changes, Hyundai Motor America said it will stop making the SEL Convenience trim. The company currently sells the Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid in two versions: SEL Convenience and Limited.

Hyundai will give the 2023 Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid the ability to get map updates over the air (OTA). This is a big deal. The 2022 model doesn’t let you update maps over the air.

Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV
Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV

Specifications

The specifications for the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid are the same as for the current model. It has a 1.6-liter G4F III SmartStream gasoline direct injection turbocharged engine and a permanent magnet synchronous motor.

The engine makes 178 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, and the electric motor makes 66.9 kilowatts (90 horsepower) and 224 lb-ft of torque. Together, they add up to a total of 261 horsepower. The most powerful Santa Fe comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission and HTRAC AWD.

The 66.9 kW/224 lb-ft electric motor in the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid is powered by a 13.8 kWh (360V, 38.3 Ah) lithium-ion battery pack. This battery pack is cooled by water and is put in a waterproof structure under the floor. It should have the same EPA range of 31 miles for purely electric driving as the 2022 model. The combined fuel economy rating from the EPA may also be the same: 76 MPGe/33 MPG when using both gasoline and electricity (using only gasoline). It would help if you got a 120V charger that lets you charge at Level 1 for free with the purchase.

Production

Hyundai may have already started making the 2023 Santa Fe. Like the current model, the 2023 version would be shipped from one of the company’s five plants in Ulsan, South Korea, not from the local plant in Montgomery, which makes the 2023 Santa Fe and 2023 Santa Fe Hybrid for the United States (SOP: October 2022).

Release Date & Availability

Most likely, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid will only be sold in a few states in the United States. Hyundai took the picture.
The U.S. market for the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid is expected to open in the summer of 2022. Hyundai could sell the 2023 Santa Fe PHEV in places other than the ones listed below, where it already sells the current model:

  1. California (CA)
  2. Colorado (CO)
  3. Connecticut (CT)
  4. Maine (ME)
  5. Massachusetts (MA)
  6. Maryland (MD)
  7. New Jersey (NJ)
  8. New York (NY)
  9. Oregon (OR)
  10. Rhode Island (RI)
  11. Vermont (VT)

We don’t know yet how the new model will look on the outside or inside. The SUV can be painted in Quartz White, Twilight Black, Shimmering Silver, Portofino Gray, or Lagoon Blue. Customers who choose the colors Quartz White, Twilight Black, or Lagoon Blue for their order can choose between a black or a beige interior. The only color for the inside of the Shimmering Silver and Portofino Gray units is black.

Price

If a new base model is released, the base 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid will likely cost more than USD 40,000. If not, the Limited trim with all the bells and whistles will probably cost a little more than USD 46,000. When the company gives us more information, we’ll add it to the section.

The Korean model costs more than the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is its main rival and starts at USD 36,995. When it gets a new generation for the 2023 model year, however, the Japanese SUV is likely to cost a lot more.

Over 1,100 units sold in the U.S. in 2022

Wards Intelligence data shows that sales of Hyundai hybrid models in the U.S. have grown by 136.3% through April 2022, with 23,302 units sold (via wardsauto.com). The South Korean automaker’s sales of plug-in hybrid cars are up by 372.1%, from 779 units in 2021 to 3,678 units in 2022. The second most popular PHEV is the Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid, which makes up 1,100 units, or 30% of all PHEVs.

Hyundai sold a total of 57,895 gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid Santa Fes in the U.S. in the first half of 2022. Sales were down 8% from the first half of 2021 when 63,110 units were sold.

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV FAQs

What is the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV release date?

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe plug-in hybrid could go on sale in the U.S. in late summer 2022.

What is the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV price?

The prices of the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV will start at over USD 40,000.

Which models are 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid alternatives?

The Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid competes with the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

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