Hyundai updates Santa Fe lineup for the 2017MY

Article by Christian A., on February 15, 2016

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.


All the Santa Fe powertrains will now have the Drive Mode selection with the three settings under Eco, Normal, and Sport. The 2017 Santa Fe line-up will also continue to offer the all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive option. Seating options will be offered as well with the choice to have five, six, or even seven passengers.

Powering this line-up will either be the four-cylinder 2.4-liter direct-injected engine that can deliver 185 horsepower or the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with its 240 horsepower. The three-row version though will have the Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 engine that can give 290 horsepower.

Regardless of which one is selected, all of the engines will have the Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing and the high-pressure direct injection. Paired with the engine is the standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The all-wheel drive version meanwhile will be equipped with the windshield wiper de-icer and Active Cornering Control as standard. All in all, almost 350 individual parts of the 2017 Santa Fe Sport model have been improved. That’s around 25% of the total parts.

Press Release


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, Alabama manufacturing facility, alongside the Sonata and Elantra sedan models. The 2017 Santa Fe is arriving at dealers now.


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 2017 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. 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, bodycolor 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 QuantumLogic® 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, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

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