Hyundai Motor UK officially announced the pricing and specification of the New Generation Santa Fe, which will go on sale in the UK on 1 September.
New Generation Santa Fe introduces an array of new equipment, safety and powertrain features over the previous generation. This is combined with a fresh new exterior style that showcases the SUV design language initiated by Kona, including the introduction of the Hyundai family’s Cascading Grille and composite lamp design. The interior has also been completely re-designed to create a roomy space with a premium feel using soft touch materials throughout.
New Generation Santa Fe’s feature the 2.2 CRDi “R” engine, 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, whilst maintaining the 200PS / 440Nm output. It will be available with front wheel drive or 4WD drivetrains, with 6-speed manual transmission or an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new 8-speed automatic transmission, with enhanced drive mode logic, improves 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.
Four-wheel-drive models introduce HTRAC, an evolution of Hyundai’s “Torque on Demand” 4WD system. Whilst previously, front and rear torque distribution was controlled automatically, HTRAC offers the driver manual control over torque distribution with the introduction of three modes.
The new system still allows the driver to manually select “4WD Lock”, which holds 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 equipment, all New Generation Santa Fe benefits as standard from 7 seats, 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) and Smart High Beam Assist.
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.”
Prices of the new generation Santa Fe will start from £33,425.