HYUNDAI has unveiled the design of its upcoming new Santa Fe, showcasing charismatic styling and value-added features that make the SUV the ultimate family adventure vehicle.
Developed to offer a premium experience while meeting the complete needs of an entire family, the redesigned fourth generation Santa Fe goes beyond a mere face lift. A fresh look and feel and new features can be seen from all sides of the car as well as the interior.
The new Santa Fe’s front section is defined by the wide grille that extends across the entire width of the vehicle. The clamped shape of the lower air intake extends the horizontal line to accentuate the vehicle’s wide and well-balanced stance.
The grille, with its signature geometric patterned inlay, also integrates the headlamps, a signature style found on many Hyundai cars. The eye catching LED daytime running lights (DRL) start at the top of the grille and cut through it to create T-shapes at each corner.
Each side section of the New Santa Fe is characterised by a seamless line that connects the DRL to the taillights, giving the car a sporty look. The increased width on wheel arches accentuate the SUV’s rugged and powerful character, as do the 20-inch wheels.
The new Santa Fe’s redesigned taillights are connected across the rear hatch by a slim illuminated bar that complements the horizontal design theme on the front and sides of the vehicle as well.
The theme is once again expressed by the wide rear reflector and skid plate, creating a unique three layer look. Inside, there’s more space, comfort, and convenience, compared to the previous model.
It takes the car to a new level of luxury with every component finished in premium soft touch materials. The centre console sits high too, giving the driver and front passenger the feeling of sitting in an armchair.
In the middle of the redesigned console sits gear shift buttons, along with other functions that are used often. The shift-by-wire system allowed designers to put buttons instead of a conventional shift knob.
For the first time, the Santa Fe comes with a Terrain Mode selector, a control knob located in the centre console to conveniently switch between different drive modes, optimising performance and HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) settings for various driving situations.
This feature includes unique modes for sand, snow and mud, as well as eco, sport, comfort and smart modes, the last of which automatically recognises the driving style and selects a mode so the driver does not have to.
There’s more storage in the lower dashboard too, along with a 10.25-inch infotainment system, with pre-loaded maps, satellite based voice guided navigation, rear camera display, and complete in-car entertainment and connectivity features.
The new Santa Fe will arrive locally in the second half of this year, and more detailed information will be provided closer to the Australian launch.