Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted version of the Santa Fe ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It gets minor visual changes and some other changes too.
Hyundai has been a very proactive company globally since the past few years in order to grab higher sales numbers and have satisfied customers. This has led them to update cars in the lineup from time to time to make them look fresher. The latest one to get a facelift is the full-size SUV from the Korean auto giant, the Santa Fe. The five-seater model sold in North America and Europe has been the recipient of the facelift while the seven-seater model is likely to get most if not all updates from the former. Exterior and interiors get minor changes and there are new safety features too.
At the front, the facelifted Santa Fe gets a reworked bumper along with new fog lamps, LED DRLs, new headlamps and a chrome grille which looks bigger than the current one. Side profile of the SUV remains identical while the rear-end also gets a tweaked bumper and rectangular exhaust pipes. These changes spruce up the looks of the vehicle making it a bit more desirable. Move inside and you would notice the slightly bigger infotainment screen along with new control buttons for it. Hyundai claims that the quality of interior materials has been improved (not that it was bad earlier).
While changes to the powertrain have not yet been disclosed, we expect it to continue with the same engine and transmission combinations considering the combinations are pretty potent. New safety technology includes emergency braking, rear-cross traffic alert, smart cruise control, blind spot detection, lane change assist and high beam assist. These make the already well loaded SUV look like a much better deal. While no plans with respect to India release of the facelift are out, it is expected that Hyundai will launch the facelifted Santa Fe soon after its global launch.