Hyundai has finally unveiled the all-new 5th generation Sana Fe which is radically different than its predecessor in a number of ways. The previous generation model, which made its debut in 2018 and had a facelift in 2020, lasted for five years until the reveal of its successor.
However, the 5th generation Santa Fe is slated to go on sale in 2024. Describing the new Santa Fe, Hyundai’s official press release says:
“For Santa Fe’s first full model change since 2018, Hyundai Motor took an unconventional approach with a lifestyle-based design typology to maximize rear cargo capacity and better accommodate outdoor and urban activities.”
In terms of design, the 5th gen Santa Fe gets a boxy, straight-edged look. Hyundai claims that the redesigned body is a result of Santa Fe’s longer wheelbase and larger tailgate area. The automaker hasn’t released the specifics about the dimensions but since the previous model had an overall length of 4,770 mm and a wheelbase of 2,765 mm, the new one will obviously be comparatively bigger.
Flared wheel arches, a rakish windscreen, and a gently sloping roof are all styling cues, and the last of these culminates in a tailgate that looks to be entirely upright. The headlamps have ‘H’-shaped LED DRLs built into them (just like the new Exter), and they are complemented by a light bar that spans the primary grille. The face is made up of a combination of black and body-colored trim, and the inserts for the grille and lower intake likewise have a triangular shape.
The large, van-like tailgate protrudes from the vehicle’s back, and just like the DRLs in the front, the taillights feature the same ‘H’ light signature. Below that, there is a black trim that completes the body cladding’s all-around black color, as well as reflectors, reverse lights, and a single exhaust finisher.
Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system and a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be available for the Santa Fe. It’s unclear, however, if the previous model’s Smartstream G2.5 T-GDI engine, which was mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox, will be carried over.
An upright dashboard with a minimalist design is added to the interior, the highlight of which is a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system connected to the Panoramic Curved Display. In the meantime, controls for the climate system, driving-related features, and media playback are located on the angled panel directly beneath the central air vents. This location doesn’t have a gear selector because it has been moved to a steering column stalk.
Hyundai also emphasizes the Santa Fe’s numerous useful interior amenities, such as the twin wireless phone chargers that are located behind a panel with charging ports, the deep cupholders on the center console, the storage space underneath the console, and the shelf area above the glovebox.
Given that the Santa is a three-row SUV, the automaker additionally highlighted its “generous living space for an effortless outdoor lifestyle.” The second and third-row seats are completely foldable, enabling a camping configuration as shown in the press photographs. The rear tailgate may be opened to create a terrace-like feeling.
While the Nappa leather-upholstered seats and wood-patterned trim give the interior some elegance, the vividly colored seats, and headliner also give off a feeling of spaciousness. The suede headliner, floor mats, and second-and third-row seatbacks are manufactured from recycled plastic, while the crash pad and door trim covers are produced from environmentally friendly leatherette. The all-new Santa Fe will make its official appearance in the flesh in August, according to Hyundai, and prices will likely be revealed at that time.
Automakers have no hesitation to introduce exorbitantly expensive CBU imported automobiles as soon as they are launched elsewhere, even if the new locally assembled ones are frequently models that are globally obsolete when they are introduced in Pakistan. The current Kia Carnival, the previous generation Santa Fe, and the Stargazer from Hyundai are among the few examples. We will have to wait to see if Hyundai-Nishat introduces the new Santa Fe when it officially debuts in August. What is your take on the all-new 5th gen Hyundai Santa Fe, let us know with the comments.
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