The new Hyundai Santa Fe is scheduled to launch in South Africa in November 2018 – slotting in at the summit of the brand's now four-strong crossover range (after the recent arrival of the new Kona) – but we can already bring you pricing.
At launch, the line-up will comprise three seven-seater derivatives, all powered by the Korean automaker’s familiar 2,2-litre turbodiesel engine. This revised powerplant now churns out 142 kW at 3 800 r/min and 440 N.m between 1 750 and 2 750 r/min.
The fourth-generation range kicks off with the front-wheel-drive Premium-spec derivative, which is priced at R599 900. An Executive version of this model sits mid-table at R659 900, while the flagship Elite boasts all-wheel drive and a R749 900 price-tag. All three derivatives employ a new eight-speed (replacing the previous six-speed) automatic transmission.
Now measuring 4 770 mm long and 1 890 mm wide, with a longer wheelbase of 2 765 mm, Hyundai says the new Santa Fe offers even more interior space than before. Inside, you’ll find a seven-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system and a brace of USB charging points for second-row passengers.
The Premium trim level includes items such as halogen headlamps, LED daytime running lights, climate control, cruise control and a reversing camera. The Executive model adds power adjustment for the driver’s seat, LED headlamps, keyless entry and blind-spot detection.
The range-topping Elite, meanwhile, boasts yet more standard kit, including power adjustment for the front passenger seat, heated/ventilated front seats, a seven-inch instrument cluster (other models make do with a 3,5-inch version), a static bending function for the LED headlamps, a powered tailgate and a panoramic sunroof.
All models are covered by Hyundai’s five-year/150 000 km warranty plus an additional two-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty and a five-year/90 000 km service plan.
Hyundai Santa Fe 2,2 Premium 8AT: R599 900
Hyundai Santa Fe 2,2 Executive 8AT: R659 900
Hyundai Santa Fe 2,2 Elite 8AT AWD: R749 900
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