Hyundai Santa Fe Shown in New Renderings Ahead of Geneva Show


Last week we had the first tease for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe as Hyundai aims to deliver a properly updated Santa Fe to keep its market position secure in the face of increasing competition.

It shows an SUV with tires that protrude from flared wheel wells for a more racy appearance, a large grille with relatively narrow headlights and narrow windows for what the South Korean automakers calls a "unique, futuristic look".

The recently released teaser image only shows the profile of the redesigned Santa Fe.

Hyundai is going all in on its new design language. The current Santa Fe is a handsome, sleek SUV, but it was launched back in 2013 and looks dated next to newer Hyundai models - like the latest i30, for example. The side mirrors are also now placed on the doors instead of the A-pillars. "The model to be available in the US will be gasoline-powered", a Hyundai Motor executive told Yonhap News Agency.

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"The company focused on making the Santa Fe a "human-centered" vehicle that allows the driver and passengers to experience some advanced safety functions", Kim Hyo-lin, director of the User Experience Planning Group at Hyundai Motor, said at a media preview event. The brand singled out a new rear occupant alert system that monitors back-seat passengers and alerts the driver when vacating the auto.

There will also be the inevitable features derived from autonomous vehicle development, such as automatic emergency braking added to the rear cross-traffic alert system, which will effectively be giving the new Santa Fe the feature in both forward and reverse. If the driver leaves the vehicle and the passenger is still in the auto an alarm will play inside the vehicle followed by an alert sent to the driver's phone.

Apart from that, no other details have been revealed.

Right now, the Santa Fe features a 3.3-liter V-6 engine producing 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.