Hyundai hopes bigger, revamped Santa Fe SUV will reverse USA sales slump

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South Korea's largest carmaker by sales, will launch the all-new Santa Fe sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the United States this summer to capture a growing demand for crossovers, the company said Tuesday.

Enhancing the user experience is at the core of the latest Santa Fe, according to the company.

Hyundai Santa Fe the iconic SUV is going to make a comeback and the company has released the first set of sketches that outline what the new facelift might look like.

Based on the sketches, the Santa Fe spots its signature hexagon grill design, with a thin chrome line at the top to connect the headlamps. Nevertheless, some of the new design cues can still be observed.

The side rendering showcases the vehicle's dynamic characteristics. The side mirrors are also now placed on the doors instead of the A-pillars.

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The new Santa Fe also looks to sit a bit lower than the current model, and it looks wider too. It keeps an eye on "the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the vehicle".

The technologies to be incorporated in the fourth-generation Sante Fe include advanced driver assistance systems and a host of safety features such as safe exit assist (SEA), rear occupant alert (ROA) and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist systems, the statement said. If the driver leaves the vehicle and the passenger is still in the auto an alarm will play inside the vehicle followed by an alert sent to the driver's phone.

Apart from that, no other details have been revealed. However, this life span falls in line with the last two generations of Santa Fe.

Right now, the Santa Fe features a 3.3-liter V-6 engine producing 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.