Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled the all-new, fourth generation Santa Fe, six years after the third generation model of the Hyundai Santa Fe midsize crossover has been released. It bears with it an all-new interior and exterior designs, with the main focus of this midsize crossover SUV being “the comfort of the customer and user experience (UX)”.
The exterior is completely redesigned, with an all-new look that carries the design of the most recent SUVs like the Kona, with its cascading grille flanked by LED daytime running lights that are separated from the main headlight cluster, creating a sort of eyebrow effect. The overall impression it creates is a sense of authority, with its bold front, wide wheel arches, and a clean side profile. For now, the rear hasn’t been revealed yet, and only the front and interior has been shown.
Speaking of the interior, it has also been completely redesigned, with plenty of plush, soft surfaces that make it a much more upscale and premium vehicle to be in. Lots of padding all over the dashboard, doors lend to it a luxurious vibe, while the freestanding BlueLink 2.0 infotainment display provides a crisp, clear user interface. For the first time ever, Hyundai is offering a fully digital and highly customizable TFT LCD gauge cluster.
As Hyundai’s focus this time has been towards user friendliness the all-new BlueLink 2.0 infotainment system. For the South Korean market, the new infotainment system now uses artificial intelligence (AI) for its voice assistant, which is powered by Kakao AI. Also, SoundHound is now built into the system, which is a famous smartphone app used to identify song titles. BlueLink 2.0 can also be controlled through a smartphone app, and can be used for functions such as remote vehicle control, security, vehicle management, and real-time guidance. As a bonus, these services, which are for free for the first two years of ownership, has now been extended up to five years.
As expected, the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe can be optionally equipped with the latest high tech driver aids, such as frontal collision avoidance (FCA) with frontal collision warning (FCW), lane keeping assistance (LKA), lane departure warning (LDW), rear cross traffic alert (RCCA), blind spot warning (BSW), and driver attention warning (DAW).
The Hyundai Santa Fe has been honed in the famous Nuburgring racetrack for improved rigidity, solidity, and stability. The car has a flat underbody for better aerodynamics, and the world famouse racetrack has also been used to hone the H-TRAC advanced AWD system which first debuted in the Genesis G80 luxury midsize sedan. A new R-MDPS electronic power steering has been designed to provide greater accuracy, feedback, and precision for a more spirited and dynamic drive, while also being able to be extremely light during use in the city and at low speed manoeuvres.
Powertrain options include two inline-4 diesels in 2.0 and 2.2 liter displacements, and one inline-4 turbo petrol with 2.0 liters of displacement. Power figures haven’t been released yet, but all engines are equipped as standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
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