Hyundai revealed that it has plans to improve the Santa Fe lineup for the 2017 model year. This will involve a wide range of modifications, from having new LED lighting signatures to a fresh exterior design. It will also have new infotainment systems, safety technologies and even convenience features.
A Drive Mode selection will be included as well with three settings: Normal, Sport, and Eco. The company also expects that there will be an increase in the market demand by 2017. Thus its manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama, will also be producing the Santa Fe Sport model, in addition to the Elantra and Sonata sedan models.
Standard features of the Santa Fe include the headlights that can be automatically turned on or off and the Rearview Camera. It will also have the LED headlight accents and the daytime running lights. The exterior power mirrors will be heated and will be in the same color as the body.
There will also be a blind spot mirror for the driver. Remote keyless entry with alarm will also be a standard feature as well as the audio and cruise control mounted on the steering wheel. A hands-free Bluetooth smartphone system will also be made available. Hyundai will also be offering premium features like the panoramic sunroof, HID Xenon headlights, and navigation.
It will be updating its 12-speaker Infinity Logic7 audio system which will now have the Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology and QuantumLogic Surround. The Santa Fe will also have the brand’s own power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open. This particular feature allows owners to get easy access to the cargo area even when they have their hands full.
All the driver needs to do is keep both feet on the ground and stand a few feet away from the rear bumper and it opens the door to the cargo area.
The 2017 Santa Fe line-up will have the brand’s next-generation Blue Link. This is standard on the Santa Fe though it is offered as an option for the Santa Fe Sport. The Blue Link offers a wide collection of diagnostic and connected safety features. It will even have features that are only seen on embedded connected car system like the Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, and the Remote Start with Climate Control.
Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport with navigation systems will also be able to experience the advantage offered by the Blue Link Guidance as it has the Google-powered Destination Search and the POI Web Search and Download that can help you reach your destination.
Hyundai also ensured that Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport will be compatible with the Android Auto. This gives them a smooth and intuitive operation of many of the commonly-used smartphone functions like voice-controlled search capabilities, streaming music, navigation using Google Maps plus more than 40 other smartphone apps.
The Android Auto though will only work with Android phones whose OS is at least Android 5.0 or Lollipop. In terms of steering, all Santa Fe models will have the electric power steering system that uses a 32-bit microprocessor to give that advanced steering feel. The steering system will also have the steering modes that are based on the Drive Mode selection.
Safety is always a concern and the standard safety features on the 2017 Santa Fe lineup do not disappoint. There include seven airbags, knee airbag for the driver, and four-wheel disc brakes.
Other safety equipment consists of the ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Hill-start Assist Control with Downhill Brake Control, and Stability Management with Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control System.
The FWD 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport starts at $25,350, while the AWD version costs $27,100. The FWD 2017 Santa Fe starts at $30,800, while the AWD version will cost $32,550.