Hyundai Santa Fe’s 2017 im­prove­ments in­clude fresh ex­te­rior, new drive mode

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The award-win­ning Hyundai Santa Fe lineup con­tin­ues to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove for the 2017 model year. The im­prove­ments span ev­ery­thing from fresh ex­te­rior de­sign and LED light­ing sig­na­tures to ad­di­tional in­fo­tain­ment, con­ve­nience and safety tech­nolo­gies and new Drive Mode selec­tion with Sport, Eco and Normal set­tings.

For 2017, in or­der to meet in­creased mar­ket de­mand, pro­duc­tion of the two-row Santa Fe Sport model will be added to the Mont­gomery, Ala., man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity, along­side the Sonata and Elantra sedan mod­els. The 2017 Santa Fe is ar­riv­ing at deal­ers now.


• Re­designed front fas­cia with brushed-ap­pear­ance front grille and new head­light de­sign

• En­hanced rear fas­cia de­sign with new tail­lights and new dual ex­haust out­let de­sign

• New de­signs for 17-,18- and 19-inch al­loy wheels

• New rocker panel trim de­sign with in­te­grated sil­ver ac­cents

• New avail­able LED Daytime Run­ning Lights (DRLs)

• New avail­able LED fog lights (three-row Santa Fe model only)


• New stan­dard Drive Mode Se­lect (Sport, Eco and Normal modes)


• Stan­dard five-inch color LCD dis­play au­dio sys­tem

• New, stan­dard seven-inch touch­screen dis­play with An­droid Auto (Santa Fe 3-row)

• New, avail­able eight-inch touch­screen nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem with An­droid Auto

• Avail­able In­fin­ity pre­mium au­dio

• Avail­able next-gen­er­a­tion Hyundai Blue Link (stan­dard on Santa Fe)

• New, avail­able third-row USB out­let (Santa Fe model only)

• New, avail­able power, height-ad­justable pas­sen­ger seat

• New, sec­ond-row cuphold­ers (Santa Fe Limited model)

• New, matte-fin­ish in­te­rior wood­grain (Santa Fe three-row model with Leather)

• Re­designed cen­ter stack


• Stan­dard Rearview Cam­era

• New, avail­able Multi-View Cam­era Sys­tem

• New, avail­able Smart Cruise Con­trol with Stop/Start func­tion

• New, avail­able Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing

• New, avail­able elec­tronic park­ing brake sys­tem with auto-hold

• New, Au­to­matic Emer­gency Brak­ing with Pedes­trian De­tec­tion

• New avail­able Dy­namic Bend­ing Lights and High Beam As­sist

• NHTSA Five-star Safety Rat­ing for Santa Fe Sport model

• Ex­pected Five-star Safety Rat­ing for Santa Fe (three-row) model

• Ex­pected IIHS Top Safety Pick + rat­ing based on pre­lim­i­nary in­ter­nal tests


• New Night­fall Blue (Santa Fe Sport)

• New Storm Blue (Santa Fe)


All Santa Fe pow­er­trains now of­fer new Drive Mode selec­tion with Sport, Eco and Normal set­tings. The 2017 Santa Fe line-up con­tin­ues to of­fer front- or all-wheel drive and seat­ing op­tions for five, six or seven pas­sen­gers. The Santa Fe Sport is pow­ered by an ef­fi­cient 2.4-liter four-cylin­der di­rect-in­jected en­gine with 185 horse­power or the more pow­er­ful, tur­bocharged 2.0-liter four-cylin­der en­gine with 240 horse­power.

The 2017 Santa Fe (three-row) uses the ac­claimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 en­gine, with 290 horse­power. All Santa Fe en­gines uti­lize high-pres­sure di­rect in­jec­tion and Dual Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Valve Tim­ing (D-CVVT). A six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is stan­dard on all Santa Fe mod­els. Ac­tive Cor­ner­ing Con­trol and a wind­shield wiper de-icer is also stan­dard on AWD Santa Fe mod­els.

For the 2017 Santa Fe Sport model alone, nearly 350 in­di­vid­ual parts have been up­dated, rep­re­sent­ing about 25 per­cent of to­tal Santa Fe Sport parts con­tent.


Santa Fe Sport EPA-es­ti­mated fuel econ­omy has also been sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved across its model and trim line-up, with most mod­els in­creas­ing by a full mile per gal­lon com­pared with the 2016 model year.


Stan­dard Santa Fe fea­tures in­clude a Rearview Cam­era, au­to­matic on/off head­lights, re­mote key­less en­try with alarm, body color heated ex­te­rior power mir­rors with driver’s blind spot mir­ror, LED head­light ac­cents, daytime run­ning lights, steer­ing-wheel-mounted au­dio and cruise con­trol and Blue­tooth hands-free smart­phone sys­tem. Pre­mium fea­tures such as HID Xenon head­lights, panoramic sun­roof, nav­i­ga­tion and an up­dated 12-speaker In­fin­ity Logic7 au­dio sys­tem which fea­tures Quan­tum-Logic Sur­round and Clari-Fi Mu­sic Restora­tion Tech­nol­ogy are avail­able.

Also avail­able is Hyundai’s in­no­va­tive power Hands-Free Smart Lift­gate with Auto Open, which makes it even eas­ier for own­ers to gain ac­cess to the cargo area when­ever their hands are full. This sys­tem makes it easy for the driver to keep both feet com­fort­ably on the ground by sim­ply stand­ing within a few feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a purse or pocket for a few sec­onds.


Even more, next-gen­er­a­tion Hyundai Blue Link (stan­dard on Santa Fe and op­tional on Santa Fe Sport) pro­vides a full suite of con­nected safety and di­ag­nos­tic fea­tures, as well as fea­tures that are only pos­si­ble with an em­bed­ded con­nected car sys­tem, such as Re­mote Start with Cli­mate Con­trol, Stolen Ve­hi­cle Re­cov­ery and Re­mote Door Lock/Un­lock. Nav­i­ga­tion-equipped Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport mod­els also ben­e­fit from Blue Link Guid­ance, which pro­vides Des­ti­na­tion Search, pow­ered by Google, as well as POI Web Search and Down­load to help you get to your des­ti­na­tions via your con­nected car.


Both Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are com­pat­i­ble with An­droid Auto for seam­less and in­tu­itive op­er­a­tion of the most com­monly-used smart­phone func­tions, in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion with Google Maps, stream­ing au­dio, voice-con­trolled search ca­pa­bil­i­ties and more than 40 ap­proved smart­phone apps. An­droid Auto is com­pat­i­ble with An­droid phones run­ning An­droid 5.0, Lol­lipop or higher.


Santa Fe mod­els uti­lize an elec­tric power steer­ing sys­tem with a 32-bit mi­cro­pro­ces­sor that de­liv­ers a re­fined steer­ing feel. The steer­ing sys­tem also of­fers driver-se­lectable steer­ing modes based on the Drive Mode selec­tion of Sport, Eco and Normal set­tings.


Stan­dard safety equip­ment on the 2017 Santa Fe lineup in­cludes Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Man­age­ment (VSM) with Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC) and Trac­tion Con­trol Sys­tem, seven airbags, in­clud­ing a driver’s knee airbag, four- wheel disc brakes and ABS with Elec­tronic Brake-force Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD) and Brake As­sist, Hill­start As­sist Con­trol (HAC) with Down­hill Brake Con­trol (DBC) and a Tire Pres­sure Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tem (TPMS).


Hyundai Mo­tor America, head­quar­tered in Foun­tain Val­ley, Calif., is a sub­sidiary of Hyundai Mo­tor Co. of Korea. Hyundai ve­hi­cles are dis­trib­uted through­out the United States by Hyundai Mo­tor America and are sold and ser­viced through more than 830 deal­er­ships na­tion­wide. All Hyundai ve­hi­cles sold in the U.S. are cov­ered by the Hyundai As­sur­ance pro­gram, which in­cludes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully trans­fer­able new ve­hi­cle limited war­ranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile pow­er­train limited war­ranty and five years of com­pli­men­tary Road­side As­sis­tance.

Hyundai Blue Link Con­nected Care pro­vides own­ers of Hyundai mod­els equipped with the Blue Link telem­at­ics sys­tem with proac­tive safety and car care ser­vices com­pli­men­tary for one year with en­roll­ment. Th­ese ser­vices in­clude Au­to­matic Col­li­sion No­ti­fi­ca­tion, En­hanced Road­side As­sis­tance, Ve­hi­cle Di­ag­nos­tic Alert, Monthly Ve­hi­cle Health Re­port and In-Ve­hi­cle Ser­vice Sched­ul­ing.

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