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Hyundai reveals new Santa Fe ahead of Geneva debut

06 February 2018

We will get to see the new Hyundai Santa Fe in the metal at the New York Auto Show towards the end of next month.

Inside, the Santa Fe looks very much like an enlarged i30, thanks to its floating infotainment system and minimalistic approach to buttons on the centre stack. It's clearly inspired by the looks of the smaller Kona crossover, with split-level lighting featuring high-set LED daytime running lights and dipped beam units, and high-beam units mounted lower down, next to the "cascading" radiator grille. Hyundai says the cabin uses high-quality materials and colours, and prioritises customer convenience. The increased length and wheelbase providing what Hyundai claims is best-in-class legroom for the second row, while third-row headroom has also been increased.

In terms of technology, the Santa Fe will be offered with BlueLink 2.0 (free for five years, up from two currently), which provides telematics services such as remote start, security and vehicle management functions, and real-time navigation guidance via smartphone connectivity. Furthermore in conjunction with SoundHound a song identification feature is also incorporated.

Technology takes a step forward over the previous model, with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), lane keep assist and lane departure warnings all standard on the new vehicle.

We also get our first peek at the interior of the new Santa Fe.

Technologically advanced equipment is also used in 2018 Santa Fe with BlueLink 2.0. The system warns the driver when exiting the vehicle if he or she has forgotten an occupant in the rear seat. Hyundai says it's the first time a Hyundai or Kia is fitted with such a system.

So far Hyundai has only revealed the Santa Fe for the Korean market, and there it gets the choice of 2.0 litre and 2.2 litre diesels or a 2.0 litre petrol.

Those looking for more can opt for the Limited or the Ultimate model which will be coming in with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

Hyundai reveals new Santa Fe ahead of Geneva debut