The British subsidiary of Hyundai Motors has officially unveiled the all-new Santa Fe along with the pricing and specification. The SUV is all set to go on sale in the UK from September 1, 2018. The fourth-gen Santa Fe has been offered with a number of changes including an array of new equipment, safety and powertrain features over the previous generation. The new generation Santa Fe is available in a choice of 8 exterior colors, while Phantom Black, White Cream, Lava Orange, Horizon Red and Stormy Sea are available in pearl finish, Typhoon Silver, Magnetic Force, Earthy Bronze and Rain Forest can be availed in metallic finishing. Out of all the color options, only Horizon Red is available to customers as a no cost option, whilst all other finishes cost £575 (INR 52,104) as option.
Commenting on the next-generation Santa Fe, Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK said “All new from the ground up, the New Generation Santa Fe represents a huge step change for the model. With a new exterior and interior design, elevated equipment levels and premium levels of refinement, the New Generation Santa Fe reasserts its position at the top of the Hyundai range.”
The new Santa Fe gets the design language initiated by KONA, including the introduction of the Hyundai family’s Cascading Grille and composite lamp design, while the interior has also been completely re-designed to create a roomy space with a premium feel using soft touch materials throughout. The SUV features the 2.2 CRDi “R” engine producing an output of 197 BHP and 400 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be available with front wheel drive or 4WD drivetrains, with 6-speed manual transmission or an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission as option. This time, the new 8-speed automatic transmission has been enhanced with drive mode logic to improve engine response and control when cornering by suppressing upshifts over a set lateral G level and engine braking control by raising the gearbox downshift RPM level when braking hard.
The engine has also been upgraded with the addition of both selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and lean NOx trap (LNT) to further reduce emissions in conjunction with the diesel particulate filter (DPF) system. Also, the four-wheel-drive models introduce HTRAC- claimed as an evolution of Hyundai’s “Torque on Demand” 4WD system. The HTRAC offers the driver manual control over torque distribution with the introduction of three modes- Sport, Comfort and Eco. However, earlier the front and rear torque distribution was controlled automatically. Apart from this, the new system also allows the driver to manually select “4WD Lock”, holding the torque delivery at 50/50 until road speed exceeds 19 mph, at which point the torque distribution is automatically controlled as required.
In terms of standard features, the newly introduced Santa Fe SUV gets 7- seat arrangement, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera, privacy glass, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, drivers’ seat height adjustment, leather steering wheel, automatic windscreen wipers, DAB radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Smart High Beam Assist as well as 17” alloys across all the variants, while the automatic variants will include Smart Cruise Control (SCC) and Electric Parking Brake (EPB) and the SE 2.2 CRDi 200PS is available with two drivetrain options a 6-speed 2WD manual, or 8-speed 2WD automatic transmission.
Let’s have a look at variant wise features details of next-gen Hyundai Santa Fe-
Hyundai Santa Fe Premium 2.2 CRDi 200PS with 6-speed 2WD manual–Priced at £36,995(around INR 33,55,691), the variant is built on the SE trim level. The SUV trim is available with 4 drivetrain options: 6-speed 2WD manual, 8-speed 2WD automatic, 6-speed 4WD manual, or 8-speed 4WD automatic. The features offered by Hyundai as additional along with standard features include 18” alloy wheels, keyless entry with engine start/stop button, LED headlamps, heated steering wheel, electric front seats, leather seat facings and electrically operated tailgate. Premium specifications also include the KRELL sound system with 8” touch screen, 10 speaker sound system with navigation, while the additional safety features include Rear Occupancy Alert, which alerts the driver to any occupants, including children or pets that may have been inadvertently left in the vehicle when the central locking is operated and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) on manual models and Blind Spot Detection with Brake Assist on automatic transmission models, which automatically counter steers by individual brake application if a collision situation is detected during a lane change maneuver.
Hyundai Santa Fe Premium SE 2.2 CRDi 200PS with 8-speed automatic 2WD– The top of the line variant of the new Santa Fe will come priced at £41,495 (around INR 37,638,70) offers two drivetrain options; the 8 speed automatic in either 2WD or 4WD as option. The additional features include 19” alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats with drivers’ seat position memory function, and Head Up Display (HUD). The HUD is projected directly onto the windshield, which lowers into the dashboard when not in use and is fully adjustable for both angle and height for optimum visibility for all drivers. Apart from these, the trim also gets an around view monitor with automatic transmissions only and is also available with an optional £300 (INR 27,211)Burgundy Pack which includes two tone burgundy and black leather seat facings, dashboard trim and a black suede headlining.
The South Korean automaker is also offering 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Roadside Assistance package, 5 Year Annual Health Check, and 12 Year Anti-Corrosion Warranty with the new Santa Fe SUV. The new Santa Fe will take against the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail in the UK. For the Indian market, we can expect the fourth generation Santa Fe to be launched by 2019. However, the official confirmation regarding the India launch is still awaited by Hyundai.
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