UPDATE: Hyundai has released official images, which are now included in this article.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has been leaked online thanks to a business news website reporting on the “pre-contract” details for Hyundai’s preparation of its new seven-seat SUV.
Photos of the new vehicle were uploaded to Korean website Donga, along with plenty of specifications for the new crossover.
Following on from the interior theme of the latest Hyundai i30, the Santa Fe echoes many elements, including the large screen which sits atop the dashboard. The top of the dash is separated to wrap around the cabin, flowing onto the door cards.
The centre stack uses similar elements, with simple climate control functions and preset/shortcut buttons. The instruments are also new, with what looks to be a digital display for the speedometer, and smart looking seat designs. The studded pedals also look good, too.
We saw the exterior revealed (sort of) with the renderings released by Hyundai a few days ago. But this is the clearest view we have of the new Kona-like styling.
The ground clearance is quite impressive, which should help off-road performance should you choose to use it.
Hyundai has also said that the new Santa Fe would be 4,770mm long, 1,890mm wide and have a longer wheelbase than the current model.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Specifications
While exact specs will be unique to each market, we get a good idea of what we can expect based on the Korean details. Two diesels (a 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre) will be available, while a petrol 2.0-litre turbo is also offered.
For trim levels, the 2.0-litre diesel will get Modern, Premium, Exclusive, and Prestige trim lines. That’s assuming our Korean translator is doing its job.
The 2.2-litre diesel will receive Exclusive and Prestige trim levels, while the petrol turbo models get Premium and Exclusive trims.
The article also said that the Santa Fe would get an 8-speed automatic transmission and a revised electric steering system to “improve steering response and feeling”. A brand new all-wheel drive system has also been impelemented, which allows the traction control to work with the all-wheel-drive to suit different surfaces.
Hyundai calls it ‘HTRAC’ and is said to have plans to grow the ‘HTRAC’ system into its own line of off-road vehicles. We’ll definitely keep you posted on that one.
Also included as standard are forward collision warning, lane departure warning and assistant, driver attention alert and auto high-beam.
Connectivity will be first class, while sat-nav, ‘Blue Link 2.0’ and an artificial intelligence-based speech recognition technology called ‘Kakao I (Eye)’ will also be offered.
There will be plenty more news to come, so stay tuned to SUV Authority for more.