Hyundai Santa Fe breaks cover

Hyundai Santa Fe breaks cover

Hyundai has unveiled the fourth-generation Santa Fe. Lee added, "we've added numerous features and functions to create a truly family-focused SUV that is a pleasure to drive".

Two versions of the grille's patterned inserts are offered, one a more conventional mesh type and the other a more shield-like design with repeating inverse triangle plates. The new grille extends almost the full width of the nose with T-shaped LED daytime running lights extending up to the leading edge of the hood.

The rear end of the vehicle features new LED elements for the tail lamps, while now there is also a new LED bar that horizontally runs across the entire boot lid, and connects the two tail lights. The bumper design is also new, and there's now a full width red reflector strip. The increased width on wheel arches accentuate the SUV's rugged and powerful character, which is also emphasized by 20-inch wheels.

Inside, the twin-cowl dashboard is familiar, but the high centre console is new and now sits on a sloping angle.

Hyundai has released images of its facelifted Santa Fe SUV, but in reality, it is far more than just a mere facelift - the large SUV actually sits on a new platform as well.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift Dashboard Driver Si
The bridge-type high console gives a more luxurious styling to the Hyundai Santa Fe

The upcoming Santa Fe's interior now provides more space and convenience compared to the previous model and has most components finished in premium soft-touch materials. The centre console also does without a shifter; the Santa Fe uses a similar shift-by-wire button system similar to that on the Kona Electric and Nexo hydrogen fuel cell auto, and a new drive mode dial that includes modes for on-road and off-road driving situations. There's also a new 10.25-inch AVN (audio, video, navigation) touchscreen display with pre-loaded maps, satellite-based voice guided navigation, rear camera display and connectivity features.

The centre console also houses a Terrain Mode selector knob. Hyundai says this has unlocked more space in the cabin for passengers, adding an extra 34mm of legroom for rear-seat occupants. The new platform allows significant improvements in performance, handling, fuel efficiency and safety. Unlike the old model, the new model will be available with hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

With a system that controls the flow of air, the new platform improves air movement through the engine bay and allows heat to dissipate. Meanwhile, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance is improved through reinforced sound-absorbing systems in vibration-sensitive parts.

The new-look Santa Fe will launch in Australia in the second half of 2020, with exact timing and details still to be revealed.

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