Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV revealed: Five-seater faces up against competitors

Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV revealed: Five-seater faces up against competitors

Hyundai Santa Fe crossover SUV revealed: Five-seater faces up against competitors

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe sports a significantly changed exterior and interior design giving the 2-row midsize SUV more upscale appeal. "Besides, we've added numerous features and functions to create a truly family-focused SUV that is a pleasure to drive", said SangYup Lee, senior VP and head of Hyundai's Global Design Center.

The seven-seat crossover now features a new wide grille that runs the width of the bumper. The distinctive lighting signature includes T-shaped LED daytime running lights.

Additionally, the auto also has a seamless line that connects the LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) to the taillights at each side section, giving the vehicle a sporty look.

The Santa Fe's safety technology has been given a boost, with Hyundai's Highway Drive Assist 1.5 semi-autonomous driver aid, which can assume control of the car's steering, throttle and brakes on the motorway. The wheels arches have also been made larger to fit the 20-inch wheels. A taller and repositioned center console acts as an armchair rest for the front passengers.

The New Santa Fe's redesigned interior now provides more space, comfort, and convenience compared to the previous model.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
New 12.25-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

There is also a new shift-by-wire button arrangement that replaces the gear knob on the floating console.

The car's new centre console's layout has also freed up space for more storage in the lower dashboard and now accommodates a 10.25-inch touchscreen display and offers features like voice-guided navigation, rear camera display, and in-car entertainment and other connectivity features. The brand claims the new platform will offer "improved performance, efficiency and safety". The push-button shifter and terrain selection knob are pages straight from the Palisade playbook, and Hyundai promises softer-touch materials for the 2021 Santa Fe.

Hyundai has yet to detail the new engine range, but it does state that the Sante Fe will be available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time ever, while conventional hybrid drivetrains are also set to join the range.

Hyundai New Zealand says that the new Santa Fe is scheduled to arrive here in the last quarter of this year, with more detailed information provided closer to the local launch. Meanwhile, in front of the driver sits an even larger 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Refinement should also be improved, with Hyundai adding additional sound dampening in vibration-sensitive areas such as the engine bay and suspension towers. "The bold lines that extend from one side to the other and from front to back give Santa Fe a rugged yet refined look that SUV customers want".

It's the first Hyundai in Europe, and the company's first SUV, to use the "third-generation" platform that underpins the US-market Sonata.

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