Today, the Hyundai Santa Fe is the largest SUV that Hyundai sells in Europe. The Korean brand is currently presenting what will be the fourth generation of the Hyundai Santa Fe, built on a completely new platform. It will debut several hybrid engines, will have plug-in versions, and also has a renewed design language. It is a product of rabid news. A great SUV that is not afraid of anything, and that even aspires to steal part of the cake from premium “institutions” like the BMW X5.
Although it has no name beyond “third-generation”, the platform that serves as the skeleton to the Hyundai Santa Fe is completely new. This platform is optimized in terms of accident protection, mechanics cooling, occupant insulation, and dynamic agility, with a lower center of gravity than its previous evolution. On this platform, the brand has made a suit of metal, plastic, and glass with a groundbreaking appearance, in which the most relevant is possibly the enormous chrome calendar.
A calendar whose ends merges visually with the optics, separating part of the daytime LEDs to their upper area. The aesthetic effect is powerful, it must be recognized. Tires of up to 20 inches and chrome cover the entire underside of the car, leading to a rear where both the LED pilots and the rear reflector cover the entire width of the SUV. Although it is a global product, the inspiration seems to be clear in rivals in the US market, where the aesthetics of SUVs are increasingly robust, impressive, and aggressive.
This hardness of doors outside is not such in its interior, which is projected as a serene place with smooth lines and pleasant surfaces. There are no edges or angles here. The instrumentation is a 12.3 “TFT screen, and at the top of the center console is the 10.25” screen of the latest generation AVN infotainment system. It is striking that the Hyundai Santa Fe has replaced the gear lever with buttons, and we praise that they have not succumbed to certain fashions, retaining physical controls for functions such as air conditioning.
Its range of engines has not been disclosed, but as with the KIA Sorento – its cousin – it will be available in full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Both will share a state-of-the-art Smartstream mechanics, possibly equipped with a turbocharged engine, for a final power of more than 200 HP combined. The presence of diesel or gasoline mechanics is not ruled out, but we would not be surprised if it was an exclusively hybrid SUV. There will be all-wheel-drive versions, equipped with the intelligent H-TRAC All-Wheel Drive system.
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Using a driving mode selector, the driver will be able to choose the terrain on which they are driving and optimize the vehicle’s response to each surface. The Hyundai Santa Fe will also display state-of-the-art technologies in terms of driving assistance and active safety, which have not been revealed at this time either. The Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 will go on sale throughout the European continent from September of this year, at a price that we do not know, but that will surely start above 40,000 euros.