2018 Hyundai Santa Fe expected facelift plus new engine


The Hyundai Santa Fe has been around for over fifteen years now, a long-standing model of Hyundai and clearly very popular.

The last restyle and update of this mid-size crossover was back in 2013, and some critics would say that Hyundai didn’t go far enough.

But will the new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe model be different? Rumor suggests that it is still only likely to get a facelift, and while the exterior may not get much of an update, there are stories of a new engine.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date

We think the third generation of this crossover will be released to the Asian market first; China and South Korea primarily, with the U.S. following on shortly from that. We expect to see it in the showrooms by the end of 2017, perhaps as late as early-2018.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe release date: early 2018

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Price

There are going to be a few variants of the Santa Fe such as Sport, Grand and of course, a base model. Prices are said to be similar to the current model, which would mean the base model coming in at $30,800 and the fully loaded Grand hitting the $37,000 mark.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe video

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Specs

Perhaps the biggest change will be under the hood; although Hyundai say that there will be a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gas engine, we’ve heard that Hyundai are also looking at introducing a 3.3 liter V6, which will produce around 290 BHP. Power will be sent to the road via a 6-speed transmission (we think there will be both auto and manual options).

The Santa Fe will also be a little lighter, thanks to the use of aluminum and (possibly) composite bodywork, not only does that show Hyundai aren’t afraid of innovation, but it should also help the crossover hit around 26 MPG on the highway.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Changes

The rest of the restyle is centered around the headlights, exhaust system and rear of the vehicle; it will be noticeably different from the current model, but still very recognizable as the Santa Fe.

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Inside the cabin, you’ll find the usual technology that we’ve come accustomed to; climate control, multifunction steering wheel, navigation, Bluetooth, USB and hands-free calling but we’ll also see a satellite radio and the BlueLink touchscreen infotainment system.

Seats are supportive, but remain comfortable and as you’d expect, fully adjustable. Base models will be trimmed in cloth, but of course, if you tick the right options, you can upgrade that to a quality leather.

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe pictures

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Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.5
  • Features4.6
  • Fuel economy4.5

Updated 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will not bring the evolution to SUV market, but will definitely keep all features loved by customers.

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