Updated 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe brings radical front fascia

Hyundai has today unveiled the updated 2021 Santa Fe, showcasing its bold new front fascia and added features.

The new Santa Fe’s new face is defined by the wide grille that extends across the entire width of the SUV. The clamped shape of the lower air intake extends the horizontal line to accentuate the vehicle’s wide stance.

The grille, with geometric patterned inlay, also integrates the headlamps. The redesigned LED Daytime Running Lights start at the top of the grille and cut through it to create unique T-shapes at each corner when lit.

Down the side, the increased width on wheel arches accentuate the Santa Fe’s rugged character, which is also emphasised by new style 20-inch wheels.

The new Santa Fe’s redesigned taillights are connected across the rear hatch by a slim LED light bar that complements the horizontal design theme on the front of the vehicle. The rear bumper has also been redesigned with wider rear reflector and skid plate.

The new Santa Fe’s updated interior promises more space, comfort, and convenience compared to the previous model with enhanced cabin materials and improved ergonomics.

The buttons are all centred for intuitive and ergonomic use. In the middle of the redesigned centre console sits gear shift buttons along with other functions that are used often. The shift-by-wire system allowed the designers to put buttons instead of the conventional shift knob.

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, optimising performance and all-wheel drive settings for a variety of driving situations. This feature includes unique modes for sand, snow and mud, as well as eco, sport, comfort and smart modes, the last of which automatically recognises the driving style and selects a mode so the driver does not have to.

The new centre console’s layout freed up space for more storage in the redesigned lower dashboard. The console also accommodates a new 10.25-inch touchscreen display with pre-loaded maps, satellite-based voice guided navigation, rear camera display, and complete in-car entertainment and connectivity features.

The new Santa Fe will arrive locally in the second half of 2020, more detailed information will be provided closer to the Australian launch.

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