Hyundai has updated the Santa Fe Sport and its longer sibling as part of the 2015 model year upgrade. The Korean carmaker has also added more standard equipment to the SUV and some mechanical changes have been carried out as a part of this upgrade.
Hyundai has tweaked the electric steering system by adding a new 32-bit microprocessor and claims that it now offers more feel. The suspension has been retuned, with minor changes like the front wheel bushings and the rear suspension geometry has been revised and it also gets bushings to increase lateral stiffness.
The 2015 car will get additional standard features over the outgoing model. The additions include daytime running lights (DRL), auto function for front passenger window, a driver’s blind spot mirror and an optional Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open.
They have also added two new colours on the pallete - sparkling silver and platinum graphite paint.
There are no changes to the engine and the Santa Fe gets the same engines in 2.4-litre four-cylinder and 2.0-litre turbo, and the 290hp 3.3-litre V6 in the LWB Santa Fe. These engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Hyundai doesn’t sell the long wheelbase Santa Fe here in India; instead we get the Sport with seating for five. It is only available as a diesel in India and we expect these MY 2015 changes to be made available to us by sometime in May next year.