Santa Fe is a popular mid-size crossover SUV debuted back in 1999 – it was very first Hyundai SUV designed from scratch, though based on Sonata platform. The car share platform with Kia Sorento and positioned one step higher than compact Tucson. For more than 15 years in motoring history, it has got a few generation change and no less facelifts. The recent update for 2017 model year is just cosmetics.
In September of this year at the next Frankfurt Motor Show was shown an updated version (restyled) crossover Hyundai Santa Fe 2017. Small changes carried out by specialists, given his appearance more modern look, made more comfortable and safe while driving. In addition, through the use of high-strength steel in the manufacture of a number of load-bearing parts, it was possible to increase the strength and rigidity of the body.
The release date of updated SUV from Hyundai is expected in the 2016 fall.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe release date: late 2016
The pricing for the improved 2017 model year Santa Fe will be probably be increased on the small amount. Basic trim SUV will cost around $ 31,000.
Update: The SUV has already available, for the initial price of $25,350 for Sport and $30,800 for 7-seat version.
Changes in the appearance of the body crossover is almost negligible, but it can be0 distinguished from the previous generation car, making it more attractive to potential buyers. Thanks to a new, massive front bumper of the car in 2017, equipped with fog lamps and redesigned stylish LED DRL (daytime running lights) and a new three-section chrome grille of hexagonal shape, the car in front began to look more solid.
New Santa Fe received new LED lights and a modified bumper with fog lights. Exhaust nozzle equipped with new chrome decoration, formed as a double trapezium. In addition crossover has expanded color range of body and equipped with a new set of alloy 17-inch (optional 19-inch) wheels.
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Overall dimensions – 184.6 in by 74 by 65.9 inches; wheelbase is 106.2 in; ground clearance is 7.2 inches.
More Space Inside
Inside, increased space for passengers in the back seats, along with the use of new, more modern materials used for the interior trim parts made the vehicle interior more comfortable. Comfort adds by equipping it with modern entertainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.
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The car has rich equipment even in the basic version. However, it is possible to equip the crossover by additional equipment included in the optional package, namely pressure monitoring system in tires; automatic parking system; sky cameras; panoramic roof.
Optionally interior can be equipped with audio Infinity Premium Surround Audio (12 speakers) with the power of 630 watts and surround sound QuantumLogic Surround. The driver is able to enjoy the navigation system, panoramic view Aroud Viev Monitor system, adaptive cruise control.
Big V6 for a Big Car
Technical parameters of the vehicle remained virtually unchanged. The car is equipped with a petrol (188 hp) or diesel (200 hp) engines (for Europe), which are aggregated six-speed manual or automatic transmission. In the US, the 7-seater Santa Fe will be offered with the same 3.3L V6 engine producing 290 hp, aggregated with 6-speed automatic transmission. Short-wheelbase car is named Sport and equipped with 2.4L naturally aspirated engine (185 hp) or 2.0L turbocharged (240 hp), both is 4-cylinder. Powertrains have slight improvements, which allowed to increase engine power and led to a reduction of carbon dioxide in vehicle exhaust.
The main innovation that distinguishes the new Hyundai Santa Fe from previous models, is a rich equipment of safety systems and driver assistance.