Thanks to the latest mid-cycle refresh, the Hyundai Santa Fe remains one of the most serious contenders in its segment. The recent exterior and interior enhancements make this three-row SUV more competitive in the race with its newer rivals. Now, the upcoming 2018 model will bring further technological upgrades and new standard features. Expect it also to offer new body paints as well as fresh wheel designs. As for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe release date, rumor has it that the upcoming model could arrive in the latter part of 2017.
Design Changes and Features
The recently reshaped front and rear bumpers bring the Santa Fe more in line with the rest of Hyundai’s lineup. So, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will feature an exterior styling that resembles that of the smaller Tucson SUV. Expect both the Santa Fe and the extended Santa Fe Sport to share some of its features with the Sonata and Elantra sedans. As of recently, Hyundai’s largest SUV sports LED fog lights on Limited and higher trims. Generally speaking, the updated Santa Fe boasts smart looks that help it stand out in the SUV segment.
When it comes to interior space, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe will be one of the roomiest options in its class. It will also offer great front visibility as well as exceptionally comfortable seats. Base models will come with stain-resistant cloth fabric and high-quality plastics throughout the cabin. While the first two rows of seating offer ample space for adults, the third row is suitable only for kids. Optional equipment will include such features as a heated steering wheel, Infiniti premium audio, navigation and AWD.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Specs
There won’t be dramatic changes as far as the mechanical department is concerned. The new Hyundai Santa Fe will use the tried and tested 3.3-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine will punch out 290 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, delivering 18/25 mpg in FWD setup. This dependable SUV will offer a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds.
Pricing and Competition
We expect the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe to stay in the same pricing range as its predecessor. So, the entry-level models should start just under $32,000, with fully-loaded version ending at around $45,000. These price tags will make it highly competitive in the race with the likes of Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot.