This is the new-generation Hyundai Santa Fe. It’s the fourth iteration of the badge since 2001, and launches in the hyper-competitive huge SUV phase in July.
It’s in keeping with a tweaked model of the platform underpinning the Kia Sorento and Carnival, and has a fully new design.
Hyundai talks a few “powerful wide stance” and “athletic, bold look” – and we don’t disagree. LED headlights seem to be regular.
The new type is a smidgen better than its predecessor, despite the fact that nonetheless one of the vital extra compact seven-seaters in the market, sitting between the Nissan X-Trail seven-seater and one thing like a Toyota Kluger. It’s 4770mm lengthy, 1890mm broad and rides on a 2765mm wheelbase.
It’s additionally lighter ahead of, however more potent. It has the most important share of high-strength metal — made in-house, no longer equipped — of any Hyundai, at a claimed 57 in step with cent.
The sharp cabin is claimed to be sponsored by way of advanced tactility and high quality, despite the fact that it should be stated the present type stays a robust providing past due in its life-cycle.
Second-row legroom is up 38mm and the seats are 18mm upper. A brand new one-touch slide and fold device on the second one row makes get admission to to the rearmost seats more uncomplicated – at all times a weak point of the outgoing model – whilst there’s additionally 22mm additional headroom again there.
That larger, redesigned rear window additionally is helping, with Hyundai announcing third-row passengers have higher outward visibility. Luggage area grows by way of 40 litres, to 625L towards the VDA regular.
The centre eight.Zero-inch touchscreen has Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and three-D satellite tv for pc navigation with unfastened upgrades. The base device is a 7.Zero-inch display with the telephone mirroring, however no nav. Australian specifications are but to be showed.
Top grades additionally get a brand new head-up show unit with “class-leading luminance”. You additionally get a Qi-standard wi-fi smartphone charger.
The corporate’s ‘SmartSense’ device applications the acquainted AEB with pedestrian detection, radar cruise and lane help programs with a brand new model of rear cross-traffic alert setup together with self sustaining braking. It additionally features a Safety Exit Assist designed to prevent you opening the doorways if one thing is drawing near from at the back of. Cyclists have a good time.
The primary drivetrain is a revised 2.2-litre turbo-diesel that meets the most recent Euro 6C emissions requirements, which means gas use and CO2 emissions are marginally down. Hyundai claims outputs of 144kW of energy and 436Nm of torque, with cold-start noise down by way of 4dB. It’s matched with a brand new eight-speed torque-converter computerized transmission, in position of the outdated six-speeder.
The new all-wheel power (AWD) device, referred to as HTRAC, is an on-demand setup controlling torque distribution and braking to every nook of the automobile, and may also be programmed to fit snow and different slippery surfaces. A virtual gauge in the device cluster displays you the AWD device’s present torque distribution.
For example, in road-oriented Sport, 50 in step with cent of engine torque is going to the rear wheels. In Comfort mode it’s 35 in step with cent, whilst in Eco the automobile is front-drive simplest.
There’s additionally a 2.Four-litre ‘Theta II’ petrol engine with 136kW/241Nm, however it isn’t showed for Australia. The V6 petrol has been axed, and will be changed by way of a hybrid of a few selection in the close to time period. The Euro-market 110kW, 2.Zero diesel received’t come here both.
Like all Hyundais in Australia bar the iLoad, the Santa Fe is getting intensive native suspension tuning. In truth, we’ve already stuck camouflaged vehicles at it. An non-compulsory self-leveliser, as Hyundai calls it, adjusts the dampers to stay the experience peak uniform irrespective of load.
The Santa Fe has been one thing of a luck tale for Hyundai globally, having bought 400,000 in Europe on my own over 17 years.
The outgoing type stays a robust supplier, despite the fact that it has hardly hit the gross sales heights of the bigger Toyota Kluger, cut-price Holden Captiva or new-generation Mazda CX-Nine. Hyundai Australia naturally needs that to modify this time.
The new Santa Fe might be here in July, with pricing and spec nonetheless to be showed.
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