Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Hyundai Motor to Launch All-New Santa Fe SUV Next Month

Hyundai Motor to Launch All-New Santa Fe SUV Next Month

The fourth generation model has gone through a major facelift, adding the latest version of Hyundai's signature cascading grille to emphasize the family look of the automaker's SUV lineup.

"The new Santa Fe will be a bread and butter model for us this year", the Hyundai insider told Reuters on condition of anonymity since he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. sales of the aging Santa Fe climbed 1.5 percent previous year even as U.S. industry SUV and truck sales rose 4 percent. Hyundai is hoping to make up some lost sales ground with the 2019 Santa Fe, which will obviously sport a bolder look than today's version. Similar to the Hyundai Kona, the SUV will have full LED daytime running projector lights, avoiding the traditional headlights.

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Powertrain details remain unknown, but we'll find out more next month when Hyundai lifts the wraps off the all-new Santa Fe before its public debut at Geneva in March.

The new Santa Fe takes inspiration from the Hyundai Kona this time and is all aggressive this time around. Power is provided by a 147hp 2.0-liter engine paired to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

On the domestic front, Hyundai Motor will receive preorders from February 7, with the new Santa Fe to hit showrooms here on February 21. It keeps an eye on "the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the vehicle". The brand singled out a new rear occupant alert system that monitors back-seat passengers and alerts the driver when vacating the vehicle. Given the Santa Fe's more prosaic role - a family auto with up to seven seats and a ton of room - that's probably right. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design and technical centers worldwide and in 2017 sold about 4.7 million vehicles globally.

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