MUNICH: Hyundai Motor Europe has revealed the first images of the new Santa Fe, to be released in Europe starting in September 2020.
The enhanced version of Hyundai’s flagship SUV in Europe offers a range of premium updates and new hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
It will be the first Hyundai vehicle in Europe to utilise the company’s all-new third-generation vehicle platform, resulting in improved performance, efficiency and safety.
The striking front end design stands out through its distinctive wide grille shape, accentuated 3D pattern of the grille mesh, and T-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs).
The new Santa Fe interior now provides more space, comfort, and convenience compared to the previous model.
It features a new lower dashboard design, a redesigned centre console and a new 10.25-inch AVN touchscreen.
For the first time, the new Santa Fe comes with a Terrain Mode selector: a control knob located in the centre console to conveniently switch between different drive modes.
Also, the new Santa Fe is the first Hyundai in Europe to go on sale with the new ‘Smartstream’ hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The all-new third-generation Hyundai vehicle platform improves air movement through the engine bay and allows heat to dissipate, thus enhancing stability in the lower part of the vehicle. .
Vehicle stability is further enhanced by the lowered position of heavy equipment within the platform, which reduces weight and lowers the centre of gravity.
Aerodynamics have also been improved so that air resistance is minimised to deliver excellent fuel efficiency, power and driving performance.
The fixed points for the steering arms have been positioned closer to the middle of the front wheels, allowing for more agile handling.
Meanwhile, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance is improved through reinforced sound-absorbing systems in vibration-sensitive parts.
The new platform also brings with it significant improvements in collision safety, thanks to improvements in engineering.
Through the use of a multi-load path structure, hot stamping, and the integration of a super high-tensile steel plate, the platform will enable the car to better absorb the impact in the event of a collision while at the same time minimising the deformation of the passenger space.
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