After months of teasing, Hyundai has revealed the full details and images of its new Santa Fe.
The new seven-seat SUV was unveiled in South Korea today [Thursday] ahead of its arrival in Australian showrooms by the middle of the year.
Final local specifications and pricing are yet to be confirmed but the new Santa Fe is se to be offered with two engine choices - 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel and 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol.
The diesel engine is now paired with the brand’s eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the current model’s six-speed unit. It produces 144kW of power and 436Nm of torque which is less than the current model, but the upgraded engine now complies with the latest Euro6 emissions standards.
The Santa Fe is based on new underpinnings shared with the Kia Sorento and Carnival. That has allowed Hyundai to grow the Santa Fe in size. The 2018 model measures 4770mm in length and 1890mm wide, 70mm and 10mm increases respectively compared to the outgoing model. That has also allowed a wheelbase extension of 65mm to create a more spacious cabin.
Hyundai claims there is an extra 38mm of legroom in the second row seats and an extra 22mm of headroom in the third row.
The boot has also increased in volume by 40-litres to 625L.
As previously confirmed, the new model will feature its Hyundai’s SmartSense safety technology that includes forward and reverse autonomous braking - the latter called Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist. It will also include Safety Exit Assist that can temporarily lock the doors if the car detects it’s unsafe to do so because of oncoming traffic.
Also previously revealed was the Santa Fe’s new look, which follows the brand’s new design philosophy for SUVs, with high-set headlights connected to the company’s cascading grille.
Final pricing and specifications for the new model haven’t been confirmed for Australia yet, but Drive believes a small price increase is likely to account for the larger size and added equipment.
It is expected that the current three tier range - Active, Elite and Highlander - will continue too.
Contrary to earlier reports the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine bound for the Santa Fe in the USA will not be available to Australian buyers. Instead we will have the choice of the 2.2-litre turbo diesel and 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol. The 3.3-litre V6 is expected to be cut from the local range.
Final details will be revealed before the Santa Fe goes on sale in Australia mid-year.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe price and specifications
On sale: June-July 2018
Engine: 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel
Power: 144kW at 3800rpm
Torque: 436Nm at 1750rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Fuel use: TBC