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The Hyundai Santa Fe NHL Edition Is A Branded Special Edition You’ll Actually Want

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Yesterday, we poked some lighthearted fun at the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Disney100 Platinum Edition for being a bit half-hearted. Other than a snazzy set of wheels, some brown upholstery, and a unique infotainment welcome animation, it didn’t offer much over the cheaper “regular” Ioniq 5. Well, our timing is impeccable as ever, because Disney isn’t the only company Hyundai is teaming up with. The Korean automaker still knows how to make a special edition because the Santa Fe NHL Edition is actually special, although Americans can’t have it. This is an incredibly Canadian special edition, but it feels like a shame to limit sales to north of the border considering just how much premium spec this thing comes with.

Here’s a car fact for you to sequester deep inside your brain until the opportunity for use arises: Hyundai Canada is not only the official automotive partner of the NHL, but also the National Hockey League Player’s Association and the NHL Alumni Association. How’s that for a hat trick? Sure, winning the Stanley Cup and driving off in a Venue seems unlikely, but this partnership makes sense when you see just how popular Hyundai is in Canada. The original Pony wasn’t just sold in Canada, it was a best-seller. Today, Hyundai is Canada’s third-bestselling car brand, and it really shows on the roads up here.

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As with many modern special editions, the Hyundai Santa Fe NHL Edition gets a relatively modest visual treatment consisting of matte white paint reminiscent of an ice rink, blacked-out wheels, special door sills, and branded Weathertech floor and cargo liners in any NHL team of the buyer’s choosing. It’s rather minimalist for a special edition, but the sports partnership isn’t what makes this Santa Fe really appealing.

Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

Strip away the branding, and the Santa Fe NHL Edition grows more tantalizing because it takes everything from the fully-loaded Calligraphy trim and puts a hybrid powertrain underneath it. Combustion-powered duties are carried out by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, electric motors do the rest, and it’s all managed through a six-speed automatic transmission. Total output? A respectable 232 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. This will be the only way to get a fully-loaded Santa Fe Hybrid, and the feature content is absolutely immense. We’re talking about pecan brown Nappa leather, fancy ultra-adjustable seats, dual wireless smartphone chargers, a Bose 12-speaker sound system for blaring “Fifty Mission Cap“, a UVC disinfecting glovebox, and more USB-C ports than your average office.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Nhl Edition

It’s also worth noting that if you aren’t a massive NHL fan, you can take solace in the fact that most of the branded stuff appears to be easily removable, leaving you with an incredibly nice hybrid Santa Fe that not many others have. Hyundai is limiting sales to 500, and pre-orders open on Feb. 16.

With its blend of efficient hybrid power and just about every option under the sun, the Santa Fe NHL Edition seems like the sort of parts bin creation that should be a regular production model. There’s absolutely a market for a fully-loaded hybrid, and I think Hyundai’s American product planners should copy their Canadian counterparts’ homework.

(Photo credits: Hyundai)

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Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
3 months ago

The exterior of this vehicle looks a lot like a Ford Flex! ( just sayin’)

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman
2 months ago
Reply to  Shooting Brake

Which I like, so they found their market in me!

Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
2 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Wyman

Hyundai Flexa Fe ヽ(͡◕ ͜ʖ ͡◕)ノ

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
3 months ago
Reply to  RataTejas

The Santa Fe could be a competent ice surfacing vehicle.
https://youtu.be/vVkJbvv3pHg?si=lTSdfkr8IWsniseY

Myk El
Myk El
3 months ago

I feel like it needs a couple of gaps in the grill to really be an NHL edition.

Clusker Du
Clusker Du
3 months ago

I want a Gritty Edition. When you put the car in reverse Gritty pops up on screen and scares the hell out of you. Digital rear view mirror – Gritty! Hyundai’s turn signal camera – Gritty! Open the glove box – GRITTY!

Frackle
Frackle
3 months ago
Reply to  Clusker Du

Okay, I just got my dose of internet oddness for the day!

RataTejas
RataTejas
3 months ago
Reply to  Clusker Du

Requires selecting the orange shag interior, and googly eye headlights.

Paul B
Paul B
3 months ago
Reply to  Clusker Du

It’s only available in Canada. You get Youppi!

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
3 months ago

Wow this is a real power play from Hyundai. This special edition is really the icing on the cake.

Last edited 3 months ago by Nsane In The MembraNe
Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
3 months ago

I’m gonna let you skate on this one.

3WiperB
3WiperB
3 months ago

Nsane… bringing the slapstick.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
3 months ago
Reply to  3WiperB

What can I say….I drive a farting car and I’ve got puns for days, it’s my goal to entertain

Chronometric
Chronometric
3 months ago

Seems kinda rinky dink.

getstoneyII (probably)
getstoneyII (probably)
3 months ago

All the peeps gunning to hold the COTD title belt through the weekend are coming out of the woodwork on this one, lol.

Ben
Ben
3 months ago

Dear Hyundai design team,

A ruler should be one of your design tools, not your only design tool.

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
3 months ago

Here are the versions of this SUV based on Canadian teams:

Toronto Maple Leafs – Way too expensive for what you get, drivers annoy everyone except each other, and no matter how good it is, people call in to talk radio to complain they should fire Shanny.

Montreal Canadiens — this SUV hasn’t been really good for a long time, but got by on excellent braking and a fanatical devotion by its drivers, who remember when it was a lot better.

Ottawa Senators — This model’s a couple of years away from being really good, or so we’re told every year, only to see it rust out completely by mid February. At least the owner’s family sold the car…

Winnipeg Jets — This model’s been almost good a few times, but never good enough. The cold weather means it’s hard to get started. Drivers are becoming impatient.

Calgary Flames — Should be better than it is, but one of the drive wheels came off and rolled to Florida. Another one rolled to Columbus. They got replacements, at high cost, but it haven’t been the same since.

Edmonton Oilers — Freaking FANTASTIC motor, but safety and braking are lacking. But man, that motor….drivers love that motor.

Vancouver Canucks — better than expected, but this SUV is still raising questions about how deep it can go into the woods.

Ben
Ben
3 months ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

I don’t follow the NHL so I’m not sure how accurate this is, but I got a chuckle out of it anyway. 🙂

EmotionalSupportBMW
EmotionalSupportBMW
3 months ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

The Nordiques version is only available in Colorado.

Spartanjohn113
Spartanjohn113
3 months ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

I’m scared to try and do one of these for the Red Wings. If we can see Windsor from the other side of the river, it’s close enough to count.

Schrödinger's Catbox
Schrödinger's Catbox
3 months ago
Reply to  Spartanjohn113

You’ll get several great drives in a row, but it will be terrible experience for the month of December.

(From a Red Wings fan)

RataTejas
RataTejas
3 months ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

Oilers one has no brakes. Completely unable to stop anything.

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
3 months ago
Reply to  RataTejas

Their goalies have a save percentage. It’s a low percentage, but it’s a percentage.

I firmly believe that if they got Connor Hellebuyck, they’d win the Cup. Of course, I am a Jets fan so I am glad they don’t.

Paul E
Paul E
3 months ago

If it’s an NHL edition car, It really should only come with an ICE drivetrain.

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul E

And “cup” holders has two, vastly different meanings…

Citrus
Citrus
3 months ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

Though if it’s the Leafs edition there’s really no need for them.

OrigamiSensei
OrigamiSensei
2 months ago
Reply to  Citrus

I have been enjoying all the snappy hockey repartee, but this is the one that really got me. Kudos!

Brian Ash
Brian Ash
3 months ago

No special edition is truly special unless it’s 1 of 1.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
3 months ago

Will this be a regular thing or is it just a one-timer?

EmotionalSupportBMW
EmotionalSupportBMW
3 months ago

All these new SUVS are turning into penalty boxes, eh.

Maymar
Maymar
3 months ago

I assume if you pick the Leafs mats, they’ll overcharge you and you’ll need to take the extended warranty because it’s going to fail constantly. Maybe slap on an ad for Conn Smythe’s long defunct quarry as well (Tim Horton worked there in the offseason! There’s a Tim Horton’s on the site today!). You know, why else would Maple Leafs be blue?

Brockstar
Brockstar
3 months ago

Matte white. Seems fun to keep clean. But it does look good in white spec and I’m a sucker for brown leather.

Pupmeow
Pupmeow
3 months ago
Reply to  Brockstar

Brown/tan leather is waaaaay too rare on cars. I can’t afford a $100K car just to get the beautiful camel leather. 🙁

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
3 months ago

Any thoughts on the idea of buying one of these, sticking it in an inflatable bubble, then trotting it out for the 2054 RM-Sotheby’s-Barrett-Jackson Plus auction in New Scottsdale?

Last edited 3 months ago by Ranwhenparked
Usernametaken
Usernametaken
3 months ago

“Any team of the buyer’s choosing”

So, of 500 there will be 300 Leafs versions, 200 Habs versions and STFU if you’re West of Thunder Bay

getstoneyII (probably)
getstoneyII (probably)
3 months ago
Reply to  Usernametaken

I bet a Red Wings one or two will find their way to Windsor.

Madewithgenuineparts
Madewithgenuineparts
3 months ago
Reply to  Usernametaken

If I lived in Canada, might be tempted to create what’d surely be a 1 of 1 Anaheim Ducks edition

Citrus
Citrus
3 months ago

Painting it white is a bummer though.

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