Hyundai has revealed a new six-seat configuration for its Santa Fe crossover.

    CarExpert understands this six-seat option could arrive Down Under as part of a MY22 update for the Santa Fe.

    This seating configuration is available across the entire range of the South Korean-spec 2022 Santa Fe as a ₩750,000 (A$900) optional extra.

    The second-row captain’s chairs feature power-folding and sliding capability.

    Currently all Australian-spec Santa Fe models feature a one-touch folding three-seat bench for the second row, plus a two-seat bench for the third row.

    Pricing for the entry-level South Korean-spec Santa Fe Exclusive six-seater with the 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol starts at ₩32,900,000 (A$39,514) before on-road costs, and extends to ₩46,560,000 (A$55,920) before on-road costs for the top-of-the-range Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy six-seater.

    This new six-seat seating configuration for the Santa Fe will continue to be sold alongside the five- and seven-seat configurations in South Korea.

    Hyundai Australia already offers a similar style of seating locally with its seven-seat Palisade variants.

    These variants have a 2-2-3 seating configuration with second-row captain’s chairs just like this South Korean-spec Santa Fe six-seater.

    Mazda also offers six-seat versions of its CX-8 and CX-9 large SUVs.

    The Santa Fe will be updated just a year after arriving in local showrooms, with the range set to grow to include a hybrid variant in early 2022.

    It’s not yet clear how many variants will be offered with the hybrid powertrain or the six-seat layout.

    “There are some changes to the Santa Fe line-up coming outside of hybrid, which should be interesting. Hopefully we can talk about those soon,” teased Hyundai Australia product development manager, Tim Rodgers, in November.

    Currently, the Australian-spec Santa Fe starts at $44,700 before on-road costs for the entry-level Santa Fe petrol front-wheel drive and extends to $65,200 before on-road costs for the Santa Fe Highlander turbo-diesel all-wheel drive.

    Two engines are available across the Australian-spec Santa Fe range.

    The base engine is a 3.5-litre petrol V6, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s front-wheel drive, and has 200kW of power and 331Nm of torque.

    The range-topper is a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder, mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s all-wheel drive, and has 148kW and 440Nm.

    We don’t get the plug-in hybrid powertrain, while we also miss out on the naturally-aspirated and turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder options.

    Instead of a simple mid-life facelift, Hyundai moved the Santa Fe to a new platform in late 2020. It shares its underpinnings with the latest Kia Sorento.

    It’s 15mm longer, 10mm wider, and 5mm taller than the pre-update model, and Hyundai claims there’s 39mm more rear legroom.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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