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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift Breaks Out Of Korea, Heads To Frankfurt

Chris Aaron September 3, 2015 09:50

We’ve shown you a glimpse of the new and refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe when it made its debut in Korea, and now, Hyundai’s longest-running model in Europe is set to make a premier at the coming Frankfurt Motor Show.

Hyundai aren’t saying too much here in their latest press materials, but it isn’t too hard to spot the changes.

The car’s exterior styling has taking on quite a bit of new designs, especially so on the front end, adorning news headlamps, a bolder grille, reworked front fog lamps and lots of chrome detailing around. New taillight styling can also be spotted, along with a restyled bumper and exhaust tips amongst other things.

Inside the new Santa Fe, there are a few new items to take note of, primarily the redesidned instrument cluster which features new fonts and iconography. From what we could tell during the car’s Korean premiere, there are also several improvements made to materials used, as well as a few upgrades to the car’s padding.

As detailed in the latest press materials, Hyundai aren’t slouching on active safety, offering its latest Santa Fe with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and High Beam Assist – carrying forward the high-level of tech from its Korean-market offerings.

In Korea, engine options include new 2.0 and 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engines that meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations. The new mills are also quite a bit more powerful, delivering 186PS and 402Nm of torque in the 2.0L, and 202PS and 441Nm of torque in the 2.2L.

Reports suggest that when the Santa Fe hits Europe and the US, further petrol engines will be introduced, including the 2.4-litre GDI, a 2.0-litre turbo, and a 3.3-litre V6 engine.

About Chris Aaron

Chris finds equal pleasures in reviewing fast cars as much as the everyday workhorses. He maintains a passion for European makes, Formula 1, playing the electric guitar and spending endless hours on the PlayStation; first-person shooters and the Gran Turismo franchise remain favourites. He also finds it strange to have written this in the third person.


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