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More features and new looks for 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Series II

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Hyundai has given its Santa Fe SUV a bit of a nip and tuck for 2016, with the Series II bringing fresh new looks, updated interior, more equipment and an advanced range of new active safety features.

The Santa Fe Series II range also brings improved communication and entertainment technology. Standard equipment on Active variants includes Siri Eyes-Free (iOS devices) and Google Now (Android devices) voice activation.

Exterior changes for the 2016 model include a new front fascia inspired by the new Tucson, with new-design bumpers, headlights and grille treatment.

Entry-level Santa Fe Series II Active is identifiable by its chrome-on-silver Hyundai ‘Family’ grille, while Elite and top-spec Highlander feature a satin-chrome grille surround and inserts.

The new-design front and rear bumpers now incorporate silver-effect skid plate, while the rear bumper houses dual trapezoidal chrome exhaust tips.

Headlights and tailights have been redesigned, together with new fog-lights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL). The new tail-lights on Santa Fe Series II Highlander variants incorporate LEDs in the bulb turn signal and reverse lamp.

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In addition to its already-available Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, the range topping Santa Fe Series II Highlander comes standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and parking assist.

Inside, key interior changes include new-look instruments cluster, new infotainment system with larger touchscreen display and new interior trim.

Powering the Santa Fe Series II is a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines tweaked to improve drivability.

The updated 2.4 GDi Petrol engine delivers 138kW and 241Nm. It has been further optimised to deliver improved driveability and real world performance.

The updated Common Rail Direct Injection 2.2 Diesel engine now delivers 147kW and 440Nm. The increased peak power/torque, and broadened torque spread is said to improve performance and driveability under all conditions.

Both powertrains can be matched with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

2016 Hyundai Santa Series II pricing (excluding on-roads)

Drive

Engine

Transmission

Active

Elite

Highlander

AWD

2.4 GDi Petrol

6 Speed Manual

$38,490

6 Speed Automatic

$40,990

AWD

2.2 CRDi Diesel

6 Speed Manual

$41,490

6 Speed Automatic

$43,990

$49,990

$55,990

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