There is no denying the increasing competition in the Crossover SUV segment. This is one car segment that is witnessing major growth worldwide. Compared to the German and US rivals, Hyundai does not have too many options to race ahead in this segment as of now. That is why the company has revamped the popular Santa Fe for 2017. The revamp brings in new interior equipment, safety technology and of course, a new exterior. The third generation which is now available was unveiled in 2012, and 5 years is right for a revamp cycle. It made the debut at 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The 2017 Santa Fe from Hyundai comes in two variants namely Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The latter is a 5 seater with 2 rows of seats while the other one is 7 seater. The grille design is slightly different in two variants but both feature fog lights. The front bumper has got a facelift. It has LED daytime running lights. The rear bumper is also new. The LED rear light graphics is new and now the dual exhausts are rectangular in shape. The rocker panel trim and integrated silver accents onside are attention grabbing as well. For wheels, you get 17 to 19 inch alloys. The Crossover gets two new colors for exteriors Storm Blue and Nightfall Blue.
The signs of change are also quite clear inside the cabin of the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. The bigger screen and controls for car infotainment system can be seen inside. The Infinity premium sound system and QuantumLogic Surround sound technology makes the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe a dream for geeks. There are 2nd row cup holders. Additionally, you can opt for a panoramic seat roof. The 2017 Santa Fe puts up a good show when it comes to entertainment quotient and safety features. Both the regular and sport variant is compatible with Android Auto, enabling Android users seamless integration with Google Maps. The models get 5 and 7 inch color LCD screens to let users control audio features. Smartphones with Android 5.0, Lollipop and later versions can be synced with the car. Hyundai also packs in its proprietary Blue Link system as standard on both Santa Fe prints for 2017 model. This is a suite meant for car condition diagnosis and safety enhancement. There are many fancy features like remote keyless entry system, Bluetooth hands-free phone integration and hands-free power liftgate. The last one does not require you do anything apart from carrying the key in pocket to open the trunk at rear. Hyundai has included nearly all expected safety features in the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. There are features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. You also get a rear backup camera, hill-start assist and blind-spot monitor. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights and multi-view camera system. Hyundai says the new Santa Fe may fetch a five-star rating from the NHTSA for crash testing.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe – Powerful Engine and Performance
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe has two separate engine packages. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder variant generates 185 HP. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates 240 HP. Both are direct injection engines. The new engines reportedly feature better fuel economy though feature fewer HP. The three row 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe model is equipped with a different 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6 engine. It generates 290 horsepower. All the models have six-speed automatic transmission gearbox with Shiftronic technology. You can pick each model with either FWD or AWD. There are 3 drive modes in the revamped Santa Fe- Normal, Sport and Eco. The AWD models are equipped with Active Cornering Control. All models feature Four-wheel disc brakes.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe – Expected MSRP and Availability
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is going to hit the showrooms in mid 2016 or even earlier. There will be six different trim levels for the two-row Sport and 8 trim levels for the three-row Santa Fe. The Sport variant pricing starts at $25,350 and for the regular variant it is $30800. The changes to 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe notwithstanding, the crossover is going to face step competition from category rivals. The Ford Flex is a strong rival with more powerful engines than the Santa Fe. The revamped Nissan Murano is another contender that will lock horns with the 2017 Santa Fe and it scores better on safety aspect. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe comes with several enhancements, both inside the cabin and at exterior of the car. The car looks stylish and aggressive. There are standard safety features and optional ones are quite impressive. Hyundai has packed in enough infotainment options in the crossover as well. The Sport variant however may not appeal to the buyers looking for crossovers with really powerful engine. However, Santa Fe 2017 also scores owing to several customizations offered as options and numerous Trim choices.