2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Release Date
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV was revealed in early June 2015. That model is intended for the South Korean market, while the European version is set to make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. So, the US public will be the last to get acquainted with the Santa Fe’s facelift. The new Hyundai Santa Fe will hit the American dealerships sometime in 2016. The US buyers will be able to choose between the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport models.
The current generation of the Santa Fe SUV has been around since 2012. That said, the upcoming facelift and updates don’t come as much of a surprise. That’s exactly what we expect from the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. These changes will help the Sant Fe soldier on for 2-3 years before the complete redesign takes place. The thoroughly overhauled model anticipated to arrive in a few years will mark the fourth generation of this popular SUV.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Changes
The exterior styling seen on the model intended for the South Korean market will basically be offered unchanged on the European and North American markets as well. What will set the US version of 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe apart will be its different engine range. As for the exterior design, the most notable changes are concentrated on its front fascia. The 2017 Santa Fe will come with a redesigned grille and new LED headlights. The model will also get new alloy wheels, new bumpers as well as revised rear light clusters with new internal graphics. Besides that, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe will be offered with three new body paints.
Thanks to a number of high-strength steel components, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe will be much sturdier than before. Some of the changes expected from this facelift include several new technologies, such as the collision prevention system and other safety features. The interior updates include a new infotainment system and a new JBL audio system.
2017 Santa Fe Specs and Price
The base model for the US market will be the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. This model comes with a five-passenger layout, while the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe offers 7 seats. There won’t be any changes when it comes to Santa Fe’s engine range. The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe will retain its 2.4-liter, 2.0-liter and 3.3-liter V6 engines.
The four-cylinder 2.2-liter engine makes 190 horsepower, with fuel economy estimated at 20 city/27 highway mpg. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T trim will be motivated by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It generates 265 horsepower while returning 19 city/27 highway mpg. As for the seven-seater 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, it will be fitted with a 3.3-liter V6 engine.
Now, the facelifted 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe sold outside the US will host a different engine range. There will be a four-cylinder 2.0-liter and a 2.2-liter diesel engine. Both engines come paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The less powerful unit makes 184 horsepower and 297 pound-feet of torque, while the diesel version develops 200 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to retain the current model’s pricing once it goes on sale. To put it more precisely, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport should cost $24,950, while the regular 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to start at $30,150. The range-topping 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T model will be priced at $31,250.