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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. Photo: Supplied
Stephen Ottley | Feb, 07 2018 | 1 Comment

Hyundai has released two actually images - instead of design sketches - of the all-new Santa Fe family SUV, which will make its full debut later in February.

The new seven-seater features a similar appearance to the smaller Kona city SUV, as the company adopts a new ‘face’ for its range of SUVs. The new look includes the floating grille and thin lights at the top of the fascia, with the headlights mounted lower in the bumper.

Hyundai hasn’t released much technical information but has confirmed the new model is bigger than the outgoing Santa Fe it replaces. The new model measures 4770mm in length and 1890mm wide, 70mm and 10mm increases respectively.

The brand also claims the extra length includes an extended wheelbase for a more spacious cabin for seven occupants, but it didn’t reveal the wheelbase details.

A second image of the new machine shows off the interior with a new-look dashboard that appears to show a large digital screen on the dashboard, alongside physical dials either side.

It also features the latest infotainment system that has already debuted on the i30 and Kona and has been developed in-house by the South Korean giant.

Hyundai has confirmed the new model will feature its latest SmartSense safety technology, that includes autonomous braking when the Santa Fe is reversing - 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 under wraps are the engine details but it’s expected to carryover a 2.2-litre turbo diesel and offer a turbocharged petrol engine, both likely paired to the firm’s new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new Santa Fe is set to go on sale in Australia by the middle of the year.

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