2023 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV for the U.S. is a “carry-over” model

  • The Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid saw its highest retail sales in September 2022
  • 2023 model likely to deliver an identical EPA-est. electric range of 31 miles
  • Could be priced from over USD 40,000
  • Expected to start arriving at U.S. dealers at the end of the year

Update: ‘Over 1,100 units sold in the U.S. in 2022’ section updated and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.

The fourth-generation Santa Fe range received a Plug-in Hybrid variant in 2019, along with a facelift. It was released in the U.S. as part of the SUV’s MY2022 update. In a few weeks, the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid will replace the 2022 model, sporting minor updates. Here’s everything we know about the changes in the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV for the American market:

Design & Features

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid for the U.S. is a “carry-over model” and thus doesn’t have design changes to speak of. It’s simply a new model year exercise with changes to its trims or variants. Hyundai Motor America has announced that it will discontinue the SEL Convenience trim as part of the MY2023 revisions. Currently, the company offers the Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid in SEL Convenience and Limited versions.

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid (2023 Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV) front three quarter
The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid will support OTA map updates. Image Source: Hyundai

Importantly, Hyundai will equip the 2023 Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid with the capability to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates for maps.

Specifications

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

The engine produces 178 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque and the electric motor generates 66.9 kilowatts (90 horsepower) and 224 lb.-ft. of torque. The result of the combination is a total of 261 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission and the HTRAC AWD system are standard in the most powerful Santa Fe variant.

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid has a 13.8 kWh (360V, 38.3 Ah) Lithium-ion battery pack to power its 66.9 kW (90 horsepower)/224 lb.-ft. electric motor. It is liquid-cooled and mounted under the floor in a waterproof structure. The SUV should deliver the same electric driving range (EPA) as in the 2022 model – 31 miles. The combined fuel economy rating (EPA) may also be the same – 76 MPGe (using both electricity and gasoline)/33 MPG (using only gasoline). Expect a 120V charger that allows Level 1 charging to be complimentary with the purchase.

Production

Hyundai is likely to have started producing the 2023 Santa Fe. Like the current model, the 2023 version of the SUV would be shipped from one of its five plants in Ulsan, South Korea, not the local plant in Montgomery, the factory responsible for the 2023 Santa Fe and 2023 Santa Fe Hybrid (SOP: October 2022).

Release Date & Availability

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid side profile
The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid should be available only in select states across America. Image Source: Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid is expected to enter the U.S. market by November 2022. In addition to the states where it offers the current model (listed below), Hyundai could offer the 2023 Santa Fe PHEV in new locations:

  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)

There’s no word on the paint and interior theme options for the new model yet. Quartz White, Twilight Black, Shimmering Silver, Portofino Gray, and Lagoon Blue are the paint choices for the current SUV. Customers specifying their order in the Quartz White, Twilight Black, or Lagoon Blue color have the option to choose between black and beige interiors. The Shimmering Silver and Portofino Gray-colored units are available with only a black interior.

Price

If a new entry-level model is announced, expect the base 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Plug-in hybrid to cost over USD 40,000. If not, the confirmed Limited trim with the bells and whistles is likely to cost a little over USD 46,000. We’ll update the section when detailed info is released by the company.

The Korean model costs more than its chief competitor, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which starts at USD 36,995. With the 2023 model year update, however, the Japanese SUV is likely to cost significantly more since it will switch to a new generation.

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

The sales of Hyundai’s hybrid models in the U.S. have grown by 136.3% through April 2022, with 23,302 units sold, as per Wards Intelligence data (via wardsauto.com). Particularly, plug-in hybrid vehicle sales of the South Korean automaker are up 372.1% from 779 in 2021 to 3,678 units. The Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid is the second-highest contributor, accounting for 1,100 units or 30% of PHEVs.

On October 3, 2022, Hyundai announced that it sold 86,129 units of the Santa Fe’s gasoline, hybrid, and plug in hybrid variants combined in the U.S. in the first three quarters of the year. The company noted that the Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid saw its highest retail sales in September 2022.

TopElectricSUV says

The Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid offers a decent fuel-sipping powertrain option in the mid-size SUV segment. While the vehicle isn’t cheap, it is well-equipped with nice features that justify the price premium over gasoline and hybrid models.

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. by November 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.

Featured Image Source: Hyundai