The fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe has been revealed in South Korea. Do you like what you see?
After being teased with design sketches and a low-res image, the new Hyundai Santa Fe has now been revealed. The Hyundai Santa Fe can be had as a 5-seater, 7-seater and there's even an 8-seater version.
The new Santa Fe is larger than the outgoing model and is now 70 mm longer, 10 mm wider and the wheelbase has grown by 65 mm. The vehicle is 4 770 mm long, 1 890 mm wide, 1680 mm tall with a wheelbase measuring 2 765 mm.
As you would expect, interior space has improved with the 5-seat Santa Fe now offering 625 litres of luggage space compared with the 585 litres of the previous generation Santa Fe. In the 7-seat Santa Fe, 130 litres of space is available behind the third row of seats.
The new Santa Fe borrows its styling from the smaller Kona SUV which we saw at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show and it looks far more assertive as a result. The new Santa Fe wears the company's new 'cascading grille' flanked by slim headlights as well as large, shapely light clusters that give the model a more prominent stance. The pronounced, squared-off wheel arches further add a dash of ruggedness.
Newly shaped tail lights and chrome work with a silver diffuser, rear spoiler and angular rear windows are seen at the rear. Overall, we think the new Santa Fe's styling is a significant improvement over the outgoing model.
A much-improved design elevates the Santa Fe's presence on the road.
As for the interior, it too has been redesigned with higher quality materials used and features the same infotainment system seen in the Kona, with the screen rising from the centre console. A wireless smartphone charging pad, as well as Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, will also be offered. Key safety features to be included are forward collision warning, lane departure warning, frontal collision avoidance, high beam assist and Safe Exit Assist which warns the driver if he/she is about to open a door onto a passing car and will lock the door in an effort to prevent an unnecessary accident. Are you prone to forgetting that you have passengers in the back? Well, the new Santa Fe will also offer Rear Occupant Alert to remind you that you have company when you exit the vehicle.
A significantly improved interior design with higher quality materials boosts comfort while also offering a wide range of technology features.
The new Santa Fe will be powered by 3 turbocharged engines including a 172 kW / 353 Nm 2.0-litre turbopetrol, 136 kW /402 Nm 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine and a larger 2.2-litre turbodiesel with 148 kW and 441 Nm. All Santa-Fe' derivatives will be equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and for the first time, will feature an electronic 4-wheel drive system called HTRAC. The new Santa Fe is expected to make its public debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2018. We will keep you in the know as soon as more details become available, so stay tuned!