The 2017 model of the Hyundai Santa Fe has recently made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The updated version gets some cosmetic changes and new gizmos to up its safety rating.
Hyundai showed off the refreshed SUV at the show with promising changes that make it look more in line with the smaller sibling - the Tucson. The refreshed-for-2017 Hyundai Santa Fe gets a new rectangular grille, sharper headlamp units with projectors and DRLs. The alloys are offered in different sizes of 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels with a redesign in pattern. At the back, the tail lamps are revised and there is a new dual exhaust outlet design as well.
Coming to the cabin, the new Santa Fe gets a seven-inch touchscreen display as a standard fitment with the option of an eight-inch one. The seating options include an arrangement for five, six or seven passengers. There is now a USB port in the third row and the car boasts of many new safety features. These include lane departure warning, automatic high beam assist and auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection. A backup camera and adaptive cruise control with a stop-start mode is offered as standard.
The three-row variant of the Santa Fe comes powered by a 290bhp 3.3-litre V6 engine, while the Santa Fe Sport is powered by an 185bhp 2.4-litre four-cylinder unit or a 240bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. All powertrains come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and are equipped with Sport, Eco and Normal drive mode options. Customers can opt for a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configuration.
With the premiere of the new Santa Fe at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai has also released the prices. The SUV will soon start arriving at the dealerships in the US with a price tag of $25,350 to $38,250 (Rs 17.27 lakh to Rs 26.05 lakh) for the Santa Fe Sport; and $30,800 to $41,150 (Rs 20.98 lakh to Rs 28.03 lakh) for the standard Santa Fe.