Hyundai Motor’s SUV pioneer
Santa Fe premiered with new design refinements and an advanced range of new
active safety, comfort and convenience features at the Frankfurt International
Motor Show 2015.The Santa Fe is Hyundai’s longest-running model in Europe and
has become one of its most iconic nameplates, having built a reputation for
sophistication and premium quality.
Since its initial launch in
2001, Hyundai has sold over 48,000 units of Santa Fe in the UK. Additionally,
Hyundai’s flagship SUV has been a key contributor to its 1.2 million SUV sales
in Europe. In fact, the D-segment vehicle accounts for one third of Hyundai’s
SUV sales in the region during that period, with the three generations of the
car closely associated with the brand’s growth in the market.
The new Santa Fe adopts the
most recent Hyundai design features, with the signature hexagonal front grille
and sharper profile visually uniting the range.
Advanced safety and comfort
features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control, Around
View Monitor, Dynamic Bending Lights and Blind Spot Detection (from December
2015) further enhance the Santa Fe’s appeal to SUV customers looking for
assured quality with the latest technology. Subtle interior design touches and
new materials emphasise its status as the brand’s flagship SUV.
The latest Santa Fe retains
key elements of the Hyundai ‘family look’, featuring the brand’s hexagonal
front grille, finished in chrome. Road presence is enhanced by new front and
rear bumpers with redesigned fog and LED
daytime running lights, framed with new silver trim. At the front, a new layout
for the xenon projector headlamps has been applied, while the rear lamps
feature a fresh LED graphic.
The modern and bold exterior
appearance benefits from newly designed 17”, 18” and 19” alloy wheels that
accentuate the model’s refined lines while reinforcing the car’s status at the
top of Hyundai Motor’s SUV line-up.
Inside, Santa Fe remains a
refined and comfortable place to be with
updates to the console cluster and audio visual navigation system presenting
the car’s sophisticated image. The relationship between design and
functionality continues throughout the cockpit where new materials and exterior
colours build on the premium quality that has become the hallmark of Hyundai’s
Building on Santa Fe’s high
safety specification, New Santa Fe introduces a raft of new active safety and
The Autonomous Emergency
Braking (AEB) system alerts drivers to unexpected emergency situations, braking
autonomously if required. Using radar and camera sensors, the AEB system
operates in three stages, initially warning the driver visually and
acoustically, while gradually increasing the braking force. If a potential
crash is predicted, the system will apply the brakes automatically, with full
braking force, to avoid or mitigate the collision.
Adding further driver
convenience and enhancing safety, Blind Spot Detection (BSD) technology is
introduced to New Santa Fe. Using radar technology, BSD with Lane Change Assist
monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert
appears on the exterior mirrors. If the driver then activates the indicators an
audible signal is emitted.
Using the BSD sensors the
Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system reduces the risk of collision with
approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility.
Using a radar to scan a 180-degree area behind the vehicle for approaching cross-traffic,
RCTA alerts the driver visually and acoustically.
A new Smart Cruise Control
function delivers a safer and more relaxing experience to the driver by
maintaining a set distance from vehicles ahead, automatically decreasing the
speed, or accelerating to a pre-set cruise in line with prevailing traffic
A new, innovative Around View
Monitor provides greater assurance for drivers. This system uses a series of
strategically-located cameras to present the driver with a complete 360-degree
view of the car, useful when negotiating tight gaps or a narrow parking space.
For further convenience when parking, the Smart Parking Assist System now
supports bay and parallel parking.
he New Santa Fe continues to
benefit from the optimised powertrains and drivetrains developed by Hyundai
Motor for the third-generation model. All engines have been re-tuned to meet
the strict Euro6 emission regulations. The entry grade 2.2-litre CRDi diesel
engine deliversCO2 emissions and fuel consumption as low as 149 g/km and 49 mpg
respectively, and comes with a smooth and accurate six-gear manual
The more powerful 2.2-litre
CRDi diesel engine has been re-tuned to develop 200 PS and 440 Nm of torque.
For drivers choosing petrol power, improvements to the Theta II 2.4-litre
engine result in 188 PS and 241 Nm of torque.
Both larger power plants come
with a six-gear manual transmission as standard and can also be combined with a
six-speed automatic transmission. All engines are available with front-wheel
drive or four-wheel drive variants.
Source: Hyundai Motor Company
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