2018 Hyundai Santa Fe shows bold new face

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Fourth-generation Hyundai Santa Fe officially revealed

It looks like Hyundai is keen to start the year strong as they have officially revealed the all-new Santa Fe. The mid-sized crossover draws its new look from the Kona and Nexo, plus a host of new driver aid technologies.

Now in its fourth generation, the 2018 Santa Fe presents a significant departure from past designs. Gone are the large, polygonal headlights and in their place stacked units. Near the hood are what appear to be the daytime running lights while the center of the bumper houses what are likely to be the headlights and foglights. The signature hexagonal grill has also been replaced by a 'Y-shaped' panel.

The sides meanwhile sees more character lines and the rear quarter panel is given a flared look to give it a wider-looking stance. Its windows on the other hand appear larger with the signature upward kink for the third window being present. However, Hyundai is yet to reveal the look of its rear end but given the brand's current design language, it may follow the look of the Kona and Nexo.

Besides the exterior, the cabin also gets a significant redesign. It now employs a wraparound dash design, said to cocoon both the driver and front passenger. A high-mounted touchscreen takes center stage on the dash and more hexagonal shapes and patters can be seen throughout the interior. Rear air-conditioning vents are also included in the package.

On the technology front, Hyundai has updated their telematics. Dubbed BlueLink 2.0, owners car adjust vehicle functions, check the security system, vehicle status, and maintenance reminders for customers smart phone linking. It also serves as a concierge service for owners, navigating them to hot spots and key places to go. This service is free for five year, at least in its home market of South Korea.

Hyundai also boosted the safety systems in the 2018 Santa Fe. It is available with frontal collision avoidance and frontal collision warning, lane departure assistance and lane departure warning and driver attention warning. Plus, there is rear occupant alert and rear cross traffic alert and assist to prevent collisions when going in reverse.

In South Korea, there will be three engine options to choose from. These are the 2.0-liter turbodiesel, 2.2-liter turbodiesel and a gas-fed 2.0-liter turbo. The automaker has yet to reveal official specs but the diesels appear to be part of the R series engine family. According to Hyundai, both diesel and gas engines shift via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive being reserved for the high-spec models.

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