Anton Andres / Hyundai | February 27, 2018 03:08
Hyundai shows off highlights of next-gen Santa Fe
Earlier this month, the next-generation Hyundai Santa went official and showed off its sleek new sheetmetal. Now, the Korean automaker has revealed more details (specifically for the US market), along with more photos which finally sees its rear end.
On the looks of it, the South Korean-spec models do not vastly differ from the ones that will be offered to the rest of the world. It gets the same stacked headlight treatment which was first adapted in the B-segment offering, the Kona. There's also a clearer picture of the sides too, showing off its longer body, as well as detailing some character lines on the fenders and doors.
As for the rear, it gets uniquely shaped tail lights with deep creases on the tailgate. Reverse lights meanwhile are separate from its tail lights, integrated in the rear reflectors. Faux rear skid plates are part of the package, so is the integrated rear spoiler.
The new Santa Fe measures in at 4,770 mm long, making it larger by 71 mm or nearly three inches over the soon to be outgoing model. With its slightly bigger body, Hyundai claims that there is cabin space and benefits from a larger cargo area as well. For those who need even more space, a larger Santa Fe XL will be coming soon, at least for the US Market.
Speaking of its cabin, international-spec models appear to have the same look of the Korean-spec version. In general, it gets the same design as its home-market versions plus the addition of a Krell audio system for top of the line models. All in all, it presents Hyundai's new design language for its interior with its wraparound cockpit.
The BlueLink 2.0 infotainment system has also been introduced in the new crossover. This system allows 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.
Hyundai also ramped up the all-new Santa Fe's safety systems. Some driver assists include High Beam Assist, an updated Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Stop & Go Smart Cruise Control, Around View Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist. On top of those, there's Driver Attention Warning, Tailgate safe-open guide, Around View Monitor and Safe Exit Assist. Hyundai also highlighted the Rear Seat Occupant Alert, which aims to avoid incidents of children or pets being left inside the car.
Last but not least are the engines. It starts with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder GDI engine with 185 PS, and a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 232 PS. Serving as the base option for the turbo-diesels is a 2.0-liter CRDi unit (for South Korean/select markets only), and them moves up to the familiar 2.2-liter CRDi with 200 PS. Unlike most eight-speed automatics in the market today, the one being used in the 2019 Santa Fe is developed in-house, according to the automaker. There are no manual transmissions on offer for now.