The Hyundai Santa Fe was introduced way back in 2001. The Hyundai offered the mid-size SUV at an affordable price that made it an instant hit in the market mostly to those who could not afford models from luxury brands. Now, the automaker is using the standard Santa Fe popularity to launch a full-size SUV which is really a stretched out version of the Santa Fe. The new model is dubbed the “2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe”.
2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe – Exterior and Interior Redesign
The Grand Santa Fe will be way larger than the regular Santa Fe. Its structure will use high-strength steel which will make its frame stronger. The model will be easily recognizable as it will have the general Santa Fe look we are familiar with. At the front, the Grand Santa Fe will feature the signature 3-dimensional grille as the standard model. This grille will be flanked by HID headlights, LED DRLS and revised fog lights. The rear will also feature LED taillights, a revised bumper, and a modified tailgate. As of now, information about the Grand Santa Fe is still scanty. However, we understand that the 2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe will feature skid plates, a wider quarter glass, a rear spoiler, revised roof racks and dual mufflers. The 2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe will ride on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels. However, 19-inch wheels will be available on higher trim models.
The inside of the Grand Santa Fe 2017 will be redesigned to offer more comfort, convenience, and luxury. The interior will accommodate up to 7 passengers i.e. 6 passengers when one opts for 2nd-row captain seats and 7 passengers with regular seats. The driver’s seat will have memory settings while both the driver’s seat and the front passenger’s seat will be power adjustable with lumbar support. There will be a large infotainment TFT LCD screen mounted on the dashboard. For extra convenience, the 2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe will feature an automatic climate control system, a smart tailgate as well as a multi-purpose steering wheel. There will also be an auto defogger and a wiper de-icer. For audiophiles, the 2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe will feature a premium audio system. A rear entertainment system with a pair of tablets mounted on the rear seat headrests will be offered as an option. For safety, the SUV will feature electronic stability control, ABS, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, electronic stability control, pressure monitoring, a wide view mirror, an emergency fastening device and a pack of enhanced airbags.
2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe – Engine and Performance
The 2017 Grand Santa Fe will feature a number of engines. The base engine will be a 2.4-liters, inline-4 capable of producing 190 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. A turbocharged 2.0-liters, 4-cylinder engine which produces 264 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque will also be offered. The most potent engine will be a 3.3-liters, V6 which is capable of producing 290 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. There are reports that the automaker will also feature the 2.2-liters CDRI engine. This engine produces 199 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. In addition, there is a possibility of a hybrid drive-train which is yet to be confirmed or denied by the automaker. The engines will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system. As for fuel economy, the base model will be quite frugal with an estimated 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highway drives. Official EPA ratings will be released later.
2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe – Price and Release Date
The Hyundai has not released official prices of the Grand Santa Fe. However, we understand that the 2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe will be very affordable. The base model will retail from around $ 32,000. The Hyundai will release the 2017 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe to dealerships in the second half of 2016.