Hyundai USA has announced that they have upgraded the steering and suspension system of the 2015 Santa Fe and the smaller Santa Fe Sport. In addition, the automaker says the said vehicles have new standard features to offer.

The 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport now have daytime running lights, a blind spot mirror and an auto up/down front passenger window. It also has a 'hands-free' smart liftgate that automatically opens when you stand within a few feet from the rear bumper. The 2015 Santa Fe Sport is fitted with a two-tone grill to emphasize its sporty personality.

Moreover, Hyundai introduces 'sparkling' silver and 'platinum' graphite exterior paint finish for both models.

The interior of the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Korean automaker says the electric power steering in the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport now uses a 32-bit microprocessor. The front wheel bushings of both models have also been retuned to deliver refined steering feel.

The suspension of the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport has also been enahanced with an increase wheel bearing and lower control arm bushing stiffness. With this, Hyundai says the overall lateral stiffness of the front suspension has been increased. The rear suspension geometry of the vehicles has also been tweaked to provide a better ride.

The 2015 Santa Fe Sport is powered either by a 2.4-liter or a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. On the other hand, the 2015 Santa Fe is equipped with a 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 engine. Both engines use gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). Hyundai says a six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models.