Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Hyundai Santa Fe - first images, details revealed

Hyundai Santa Fe - first images, details revealed

Hyundai has dropped its first official photos of the 2019 Santa Fe ahead of its scheduled debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new face - clearly inspired by the Kona - offers slim driving lights at the top and twin headlights beneath, a new cascading grille, statement wheelarches and a strong shoulder line.

Hyundai has released the first images of the fourth-gen Santa Fe SUV, and it looks pretty interesting. Large overbearing wheel arches complete the rugged look, which should do well in setting the Santa Fe apart from the competition.

It's bigger than the outgoing Santa Fe too, 70mm longer and 10mm wider, and Hyundai says that it has a longer wheelbase, which may mean (at last) that someone other than very small children might fit in the third-row seats in the boot. At that length, it straddles the line between the current USA -market Santa Fe three-row (193.1 inches) and the two-row Santa Fe Sport (185.0 inches).

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Additionally, a new server-based voice recognition system incorporates artificial intelligence technology from Korean tech company Kakao to improve functionality and accuracy.

It's expected that Australian-spec cars will get access to the full SmartSense suite which includes a couple of new features, like Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, which works "when reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system not only warns the driver if vehicles approach from the side - it also applies the brakes automatically".

In the former category, there's the Safe Exit Assist (SEA) which, in addition to warning if a passenger is about to open a rear door into the path of an approaching vehicle, will also lock said door. Regardless of engine choice, an eight-speed automatic transmission channels power to both axles.

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