Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress USA, Hyundai | posted February 12, 2016 10:39
Updated 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe debuts with new standard, optional features
Hyundai plans to dominate the midsize crossover segment in the next few months after revealing the facelifted 2017 Santa Fe at this year's Chicago Auto Show. Bearing a slightly tweaked exterior along with new infotainment and safety features, Hyundai is banking on the increased market demand for the Santa Fe with the slight model update.
Beginning with the front fascia, it gets a tweaked brushed hexagonal grill along with a new headlight design. Turning to the side, a new rocker panel design can be seen that is spruced up with silver accents. There are also three wheel sizes to choose from; 17-,18- and 19-inches which all come with a new look. Completing the exterior updates are the taillights and repositioned exhaust layout.
Optional illumination for the 2017 Santa Fe include the LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and LED fog lights.
Inside, it still gets the 5-inch color LCD display audio system but three-row variants will have a 7-inch touchscreen audio display with Android Auto as standard. Those that prefer navigation in their infotainment system can opt for the larger 8-inch touchscreen display. It gets surround sound along with an Infinity audio system.
Other features present in the 2017 Santa Fe include: Hyundai Blue Link, third-row USB ports, power adjustable passenger seat and a matte woodgrain trim for models fitted with leather upholstery.
There are three available engines to choose from for the 2017 Santa Fe, depending on the variant. First, is the small yet powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that doles out 240 PS. Next is the direct-injected 2.4-liter inline-four that produces 185 PS. Only available for the three-row variant is the 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 which is rated at 290 PS. All engines are connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission and benefit from Hyundai's Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT).
In terms of driver aids and safety tech, the 2017 Santa Fe gets the following; reverse camera, automatic emergency braking with Pedestrian Protection, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA), hill-start assist, downhill brake control, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring system and seven airbags.
Other optional features on the 2017 Santa Fe are the: multi-view reverse camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, electronic parking brake with auto-hold and dynamic bending headlights with high beam assist.
The 2017 Santa Fe will soon be arriving at dealerships across the US according to Hyundai USA.