Ladies and gentlemen, these are the first official design sketches of the all-new Santa Fe SUV, which is scheduled to debut later this year - most likely at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Klaus Köster, Hyundai's director of high-performance vehicles explains, "It would be very nice if in 10 to 15 years we can have people on the street seeing Hyundai as a brand that makes cars that are fun to drive".
However, the Hyundai Santa Fe might be looking to come back to the Indian auto market since the Honda too is readying the launch of the CR-V. It also has a new "cascading grille" that can be seen throughout the Hyundai lineup. "Later on, depending on market response, we will consider manufacturing here in India but that will take time", Koo said. The brand singled out a new rear occupant alert system that monitors back-seat passengers and alerts the driver when vacating the auto. The Hyundai Santa Fe that was sold in India up until previous year came with a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine that made 197BHP of power and 421Nm of torque.
The midsized SUV's prices and further details will be released next month, it said. It keeps an eye on "the rear seats to detect passengers and alerts the driver when leaving the auto".
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In 2017, Hyundai suffered declining sales in major markets such as China and the USA due to a diplomatic row and a lack of new models, respectively.
Korea's largest automaker held a media preview event on Tuesday and gave a sneak peek of the new vehicle's key features.
As the Santa Fe SUV is the largest model Hyundai now sells, it's important to retain a family-friendly focus with the new model.
The overall sales target comprises 701,000 cars that Hyundai aims to sell domestically and 3.97 million in overseas sales.