Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the Philippines’ official distributor of Hyundai passenger and commercial vehicles, brings “The Greatest Show From Hyundai” to this year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) from April 5 to 8, 2018 at the World Trade Center. This is composed of a series of heart-stopping performances dedicated to Hyundai’s Four Great Acts: the all-new Hyundai Veloster, the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, and the new Hyundai Kona. These models have never been seen in the country before. For this article, our focal point will be the Hyundai Santa Fe.
The Hyundai Santa Fe’s front introduces the brand’s new, trademark Cascading Grille that is complemented by a Composite Light design, comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlight units. At the side, a bold side character line runs from the headlights, all the way to the tailights, while the larger rear windows have a distinctive upward kink for a dynamic side profile. At the back, the LED tailights have an intricate pattern, which are complemented by a striking rear bumper design. The turn signals and reverse light are separate from the LED tailight housings, in order to create a more cohesive design for the rear lights. As a whole, the Santa Fe has a length of 4,770 mm, a width of 1,890 mm, and a wheelbase of 2,765 mm.
Inside, the Santa Fe has a dynamic and premium interior through the liberal use of soft touch plastics and premium materials that uplift the cabin. The dashboard has a primarily horizontal layout that’s complemented by hexagonal shapes. A 7-inch floating touch screen infotainment system is front and center for all the occupant’s entertainment and vehicle needs.
Powering the Hyundai Santa Fe is a 2.2 e-VGT CRDI inline-4 diesel engine that produces 200 hp and 440 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of safety, the Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with a rear view camera, dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and rear parking sensors.
Pricing has not been announced, but HARI says that the Santa Fe will be priced at around P2.5 million.