Hyundai debuts next-gen Santa Fe


Seoul – Hyundai unveiled its fourth-generation Santa Fe at its world premiere. The Korean automaker says the new model combines "high-tech features with an intuitive spacious interior".

Production from the second quarter of 2018 and will go on sale globally throughout this year.

Engines with new 8-speed auto

Korea/Europe: New engine to meet enhanced Euro 6 emissions standards
All regions: New 8-speed automatic transmission
General regions: 3.3-litre MPI engine increases in displacement to 3.5 litre

Exterior design

The front introduces the cascading grille that is complemented by the composite Light - a design comprising LED Daytime Running Lights positioned on top of the LED headlights. The side is enhanced by a sleek roofline and a bold side character line running from the headlights to the taillights. 

The Santa Fe measures 4.7m long, 1.8m wide and sports a longer wheelbase at 2.7m. 

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Variable torque control with HTRAC

The in-house-developed HTRAC is based on four-wheel drive technology that variably controls the power of the wheels. The HTRAC variable torque control enables agile handling and better torque application depending on the wheel grip and the speed of vehicle.

In combination with the drive modes, HTRAC improves acceleration, stability and fuel efficiency says the automaker. The system increases traction on snow, gravel and on regular road surfaces while enhancing cornering performance. The ratio of torque distribution is changed with the drive modes and displayed in the cluster. 

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Interior design

The Santa Fe has a refined and ergonomic interior architecture. Visibility to the rear is improved by the larger rear quarter glass, which was increased by 41% compared to the previous generation model. 

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Seats are fitted with electric extendable seat cushions offering 10 different positions.

In the second row, legroom is increased by 38mm and the seat is 18mm higher. The new one-touch folding seats ease passenger access to third-row seats. Headroom in the third row has also been improved by 22mm.

Luggage capacity is also increased offering flexibility for everyday needs.


To comply with the highest safety standards, the fourth-generation Santa Fe offers a best-in-class safety package and industry-first safety features. All features are part of Hyundai smartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies.

The innovative rear occupant alert monitors the rear seats to detect passengers and alert the driver that there are still passengers in the rear seat when leaving the car.

The rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist is also a Hyundai first. When reversing out of areas with low visibility, the system not only warns the driver if vehicles are approaching from the rear side, it also applies the brakes automatically.

The safety exit assist prevents accidents by sensing when vehicles approach from behind by temporarily locking the doors before being opened, so that passengers can exit the car safely.

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