Step­ping up

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Hyundai’s new fourth-gen­er­a­tion Santa Fe will be longer and wider than be­fore, af­ford­ing what the com­pany claims will be class-lead­ing roomi­ness and en­hanced vis­i­bil­ity.

Due to be re­vealed this month ahead of its Aus­tralian roll-out in the mid­dle of the year, the large sev­enseat SUV has been for­mally shown in of­fi­cial im­ages, hours af­ter the pic­tures were leaked by South Korean me­dia.

As ex­pected, the Santa Fe’s styling draws heav­ily on re­cently re­leased Hyundai mod­els, in­clud­ing the Kona small SUV and the hy­dro­gen-fu­el­cell-pow­ered Nexo.

A large chrome strip stretches the width of the car, sep­a­rat­ing the bon­net and grille.

The lat­ter is Hyundai’s sig­na­ture cas­cad­ing de­sign. Twin head­lights are mounted ver­ti­cally in re­cesses on ei­ther side of the grille.

Hyundai has re­vealed the new model will be 4770mm long – 70mm longer than be­fore – and 1890mm wide – a gain of 10mm.

In a press re­lease ac­com­pa­ny­ing the im­ages, the com­pany also said the ve­hi­cle’s wheel­base has been stretched, although it did not say by how much. The cur­rent car’s wheel­base is 2700mm.

De­spite the in­crease in ex­te­rior di­men­sions, the Santa Fe is still smaller than some of the main large SUV con­tenders such as the Toy­ota Kluger, which, at 4890mm long and 1925mm wide, is 110mm longer and 35mm wider. Mazda’s CX-9 is even larger, at 5075mm long and 1969mm wide.

Hyundai has also re­vealed the Santa Fe will be­come the first Hyundai to gain rear cross-traf­fic alert with au­to­mated brak­ing – a sys­tem to not only warn re­vers­ing driv­ers of ap­proach­ing traf­fic but hit the brakes as well.

The new in­te­rior de­sign is de­scribed as pre­mium and hor­i­zon­tal.

The de­sign is un­likely to scare any Hyundai cus­tomers, stick­ing to tried and true de­sign themes.

An im­age of the in­te­rior shows a two-tone brown lay­out with metal­lic trim and a float­ing cen­tral touch­screen look­ing like the one in the new i30.

A large speedo is front and cen­tre in the in­stru­ment bin­na­cle.

The door-mounted mir­rors pro­vide bet­ter for­ward vis­i­bil­ity when turn­ing.

The new Santa Fe will make its world de­but this month ahead of its mo­tor show de­but in Geneva on March 6.

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