Hyundai’s large Santa Fe SUV has come in for the lightest of light updates, with the subtly refreshed 2016 model appearing on Korean streets this week.
These photos, obtained by enthusiast site The Korean Car Blog, reveal the extent of the Santa Fe’s styling tweaks for the new model year.
Up front, the big SUV wears a lightly revised grille with a slender new look to the horizontal louvres, along with an updated front bumper design and new silver-famed fog lights.
Changes at the rear are even less obvious, limited again to a new bumper design, enlarged reflectors and a squared-off look to the twin exhaust tips.
The model shown here also wears a ‘3.3L’ badge, signifying the 200kW+ Lambda II GDi petrol V6 available with the Santa Fe in overseas markets, along with the big Carnival people-mover offered by Korean partner Kia.
Although the 3.3 V6 was available in Australia with the previous Santa Fe, the current model is available here with only a 145kW/421Nm 2.2 litre diesel and a 141kW/242Nm 2.4 litre petrol unit.
Other changes to the 2016 Santa Fe are less clear, although we can likely expect a range of new technologies to ensure the large SUV maintains its position as the next model up from the incoming new Tucson in more than size alone.
And, with the new Tucson set to launch with Apple’s CarPlay system, we can likely expect the Santa Fe to offer the same connectivity when it arrives in Australia toward the end of 2015.
Watch for more details to come in the months ahead.
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