2017 Hyundai Santa Fe previewed
A refreshed version of Hyundai's mid-size Santa Fe crossover SUV has been unveiled for the Korean market. Although U.S. Hyundai sources had no official comment on the vehicle, past experience indicates a good deal of the updated styling as well as most of the other enhancements will make their way into future U.S.-spec Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models. However that revamp may not occur until the 2017 model year.
The most obvious changes to this updated Santa Fe's are seen in its new nose and tail treatments. The redrawn front fascia frames a bolder 3-bar grille, restyled headlamps/running lights and a more chiseled lower valance. Out back, there's a more subtle tweak to the soft bumper cap along with restyled exhaust outlets. Less obvious but more significant, the central structure of the Santa Fe has been significantly upgraded and features a higher percentage of high-strength steel that should help generate better results in both NHTSA and IIHS crash testing. Hyundai's domestic market Santa Fe also has a new blind-spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree view camera, corner-following lighting and enhanced airbags incorporating new high/low-pressure inflator logic. We anticipate hearing more in the coming months on the arrival date and content of Hyundai's Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.
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