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Updated Hyundai Tucson and all-new Santa Fe bow in New York


With a N performance version reportedly in the works, Hyundai has unveiled the updated, North American spec Tucson at the New York Auto Show, as well as the all-new Santa Fe that bowed in Geneva last month.


Resembling the recently launched Sonata and i30, exterior updates applied to the Tucson includes a larger version of Hyundai’s cascading grille, new daytime running LEDs, redesigned rear facia, chrome detailing on the top spec Limited and a choice of 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the Tucson boasts a newly redesigned instrument cluster and centre fascia, with the latter now housing a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. From the mid-range SE trim and upwards, the Tucson also adds a second row USB port with a wireless charger standard on the top-spec Limited.

As for safety, the Tucson can now be had with Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Rain Sense Wipers, surround view camera system, Adaptive Cruise Control, High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning.

Available in Value, SE, SEL, Sport and Limited trim levels, the former versions come powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine developing 122 kW and 205 Nm of torque, while the SEL, Sport and Limited utilise a 2.4-litre mill making 135 kW and 237 Nm. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive optional on the higher spec versions.

For local models though, expect the 115 kW / 196 Nm 2.0-litre petrol, 1.7-litre CRDI turbodiesel (85 kW / 280), the 130 kW / 265 Nm 1.6-litre T-GDI and 2.0-litre CRDI with 131 kW / 400 Nm to continue unchanged, although reports have claimed that the latter oil burner will become available with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The revised Tucson will arrive on US dealership floors this fall (Autumn) with South African availability still to be finalised.

Santa Fe

Influenced by the Kona aesthetically, the Santa Fe has remained mostly unchanged from the European model shown in Geneva, with the sole visual difference being the orange indicator clusters and more chrome detailing on top spec models. Unlike in the other markets, Hyundai has retained the Sport suffix for the five-seat model, while the seven-seat variant now carries the XL designation.

For North America, the Santa Fe will be offered with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, or the same setup but with AVN 5.0 technology that adds satellite navigation and wireless smartphone charging pad.

A 12-speaker, 640-watt Infinity sound system with QuantumLogic surround sound and an 11-channel amplifier can be had on higher spec models, as well as an 8.5-inch Heads-Up Display with information such as the speed, Adaptive Cruise Control, navigation, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Departure Warning and audio system.

Aside from the safety tech already mentioned, the Santa Fe also comes equipped with High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, surround view monitor with parking Assist, Driver Attention Alert and the innovative Rear Occupant Alert that uses sensors and monitors to detect rear passenger movement, as well as Safe Exit that keeps the doors locked momentarily when objects are detected.

Providing motivation, the Santa Fe range starts off with a 2.4-litre GDI petrol developing 136 kW and 241 Nm of torque, as well as a 2.0-litre turbo punching out 172 kW and 353 Nm. A first for the Santa Fe in North America though is the fitment of a turbodiesel engine, in this case, a 2.2-litre mill developing 140 kW and 436 Nm of torque.

Regardless of the engine, all are connected to a brand-new eight-speed automatic gearbox, with all-wheel drive models featuring Hyundai’s HTRAC system that can split torque evenly between the front and rear axles, and comes with three settings; Normal, Sport and Smart.

Sales of the Santa Fe will place in the US summer with South African availability still to be announced.

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