Hyundai Philippines has launched an all-out assault on the country's crossover market. Besides the debut of the Kona, the company has also pulled the wraps off the all-new Santa Fe at the Manila International Auto Show.
The Santa Fe has been one of Hyundai's most popular models to see many examples of the Hyundai Santa Fe on metro roads. Now in its fourth-generation, it has made its local debut just two months after its global reveal.
The all-new Santa Fe presents a radical departure from the soon to be outgoing model. For starters, it draws its new look from the Kona and Nexo with its stacked headlight design. Slim LED lights are complemented by composite lights below them. The creases on the hood line then form the top half of the grill, which then forms a Y-shape and it sweeps downwards. Overall, the effect is a bolder front fascia than its predecessor.
More character lines are seen on its sides and the rear quarter panel is given a flared look to give it a wider-looking stance. Windows on the other hand sees a signature touch with the third window featuring an upward kink. As for the rear, it gets uniquely shaped tail lights with deep creases on the tailgate. Reverse lights meanwhile are separate from its tail lights, integrated in the rear reflectors. Faux rear skid plates are part of the package, so is the integrated rear spoiler. The new Santa Fe measures in at 4,770 mm long, making it larger by 71 mm or nearly three inches longer than before.
The interior of the Santa Fe employs a wraparound dash design, aimed to form a cocoon around the driver and front passenger. A free-floating infotainment screen sits at the center of the dash and, below it, slim air-conditioning vents with high-mounted climate control buttons. Also, hexagonal shapes and patterns can be seen throughout the interior and rear passengers are treated to a pair of air-conditioning vents for the second row.
Powering the Santa Fe is the familiar 2.2-liter CRDI turbodiesel of Hyundai. In this guise, it is expected that the Santa Fe will have 200 PS, and the new 8-speed automatic. We are still getting more details from Hyundai regarding the full specifications of the Santa Fe.
Hyundai has not given an exact price for the 2018 Santa Fe and its variants, but they did say the new SUV will cost between PhP 2.5 to 3.0 million.