The Hyundai Santa Fe was first introduced to the market in 2001 as the first-ever sports utility vehicle of the Korean automaker. The second generation of this model was launched after five years later. The current Santa Fe is the third generation model that was launched in 2012. Hyundai is a little lacking when it comes to its SUV roster and crossover, which puts lots of pressure on the Santa Fe to pick up as many sales as probable in this increasingly trendy segment. As such, Hyundai is shrewdly ramping up manufacture, incorporating the two-row Santa Fe Sport for the model year 2017.
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV will be constructed in its Montgomery plant in Alabama. With the intention of keeping the Santa Fe as new as possible to vie with its major competitors, like Ford Flex and Nissan Murano, the automaker announced a fresh mid-cycle revision for the crossover with two trim levels, such as the three-row, seven-traveler Santa Fe and the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport at the 2016 Motor Show in Chicago. The 2017 model Fe Sport will be released with three trim levels, such as Sport, Sport 2.0T, and Sport 2.0T Ultimate.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Facelift
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Redesign, Exterior
For the year 2017, the next generation Hyundai Santa Fe Sport brings unique external styling, and the most noticeable one in its front part. The front part comes equipped with horizontal mist lights and three slats in its grille. The 2017 rejuvenation also brings a minor tweak to the back fascia design, plus fresh taillights and double exhaust outlet. On the sides of the new vehicle, there is a novel rocker panel trim, incorporated silver accents, and outside side-view mirrors with a standard heating utility. It also comes with revamped headlamps with daytime running lights and both are designed with the LED technology as standard.
The 2017 model Fe Sport will be offered with 17-inch alloy wheels, wearing P235/65R17 sized tires in the front and 64.7-inch tires at the back, as standard, whereas the 18-inch alloy wheel with 235/60R18 sized tires and 19-inch alloy wheels with P235/55R19 sized tires will be offered as an option. The new Fe Sport comes with the Nightfall Blue body color. Hyundai did not carry out much to the chassis and the handling package. It just adds an original drive mode selector as standard that allows drivers decide between Eco, Sport, or Normal.
Additionally, all-wheel drive models would come equipped with Active Cornering Control, which transfers the twist to the rear wheel and applies the brakes to the inside back wheel for superior rotation. All models come equipped with MacPherson suspension at the front and Multilink suspension at the back. Regarding brakes, the new vehicle comes equipped with disc brakes in the front and at the back. All trims come with the external dimension of 185.0″ (L) x 74.0″ (W) x 66.5″ (H), with the wheelbase length of 106.3 inches.
Regarding curb weight, the Sports model with FWD system comes with the curb weight of 3,624 pounds (1647 kg), whereas with the AWD system, it will be 3,794 pounds (1725 kg). The Sport 2.0T model with FWD system comes with the curb weight of 3,739 pounds (1700 kg), whereas with the AWD system, it will be 3,898 pounds (17725 kg). The Sport 2.0T Ultimate model with FWD system comes with the curb weight of 3,949 pounds (1795 kg), whereas with the AWD system, it will be 4,107 pounds (1867 kg).
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Interior
Inside the 2017 Hyundai Fe Sport, the automaker modernized the center stack with novel button placement, which matches a full set of infotainment options. As a result, the cabin comes equipped with a 5.0-inch color LCD monitor for acoustic control as standard. However, a new 7.0-inch touch-screen will also be offered as a standard feature for the Fe Sport. An 8.0-inch touch-screen with the navigation system is also offered as an option.
The new Santa Fe Sport 2017 is compatible with Android Auto, giving Smartphone incorporation for streaming audio, Google Maps, voice-controlled online search, and in excess of 40 dissimilar apps. Smartphones that are operating with Lollipop, Android 5.0 and higher versions are also compatible with the new Fe Sport.
The new FE Sports also comes equipped with an Infinity best sound system, with 12 speakers, in addition to the QuantumLogic Surround sound expertise and Clari-Fi Music reinstatement technology. Some of the standard features available with the new vehicle include: Steering wheel mounted controls for the sound system. Remote keyless entry system with alarm. Bluetooth hands-free phone incorporation. Auto cruise control.
The new Fe Sport also comes with optional features, such as a panoramic sunroof and a power traveler seat with height adjustment. Some of the standard safety features that come include: Blind spot monitor. Rear backup camera. Brake assist. Downhill brake assist. Hill-start assist. Windshield wiper de-icer (for chilly-weather-affable AWD models only)
New Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2017 Interior
Some of the optional safety features include: Adaptive cruise control with start and stop functionality. Lane departure warning. Digital parking brake with auto-hold. Forward tragedy braking with walker detection. Adaptive headlights. Multi-view camera setup for improved visibility around the vehicle.
The new model vehicle also comes equipped with the Blue Link system that brings a complete suite of connected safety and analytical features, such as remote climate control, remote start, remote lock/unlock and stolen vehicle recovery. All models of the new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2017 comes with the passenger volume of 108 cubic feet and a cargo capacity of 35.4 cubic feet, which can increase up to 71.5 cubic feet.
The 2017 Santa Fe will be offered with two dissimilar engine options, offering different powertrain figures. First, the new Fe Sport comes equipped with a four-cylinder engine with the displacement of 2.4 liters. This power plant produces the utmost power of 185 ponies at 6,000 RPM and the utmost torque of 178 lbs per foot at 4000 RPM, which is less by 5 ponies offered by the engine of the outgoing model. This 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport engine offers to the SUV a maximum towing capacity of 2000 pounds (909 kg).
The Sport 2.0T and Sport 2.0T Ultimate come equipped with a four-cylinder turbocharged power plant with the displacement of 2.0 liters. This power plant produces the utmost power of 240 ponies at 6,000 RPM and the utmost torque of 260 lbs per foot at 1450-3500 RPM, which is less by 24 ponies offered by the engine of the outgoing model. This engine offers these models the maximum towing capacity of 3500 pounds (1591 kg).
All models of 2017 model will be offered with front-wheel drive system as standard and all-wheel drive system as the option. Both engines use the dual continuously variable valve timing and direct injection. The new Fe Sport equipped with the 2.4-liter engine will be offered with both front-wheel drive system and all-wheel drive system, each offering different mileage figures.
The front-wheel drive model offers the mileage of 21 mpg when the vehicle is driven within the city limits and 27 mpg when it is driven on highways. The combined mileage is 24 mpg. On the other hand, the all-wheel drive model offers the mileage of 20 mpg when the vehicle is driven within the city limits and 26 mpg when it is driven on highways. The combined mileage is 22 mpg.
Then again, the 2017 model Fe Sport equipped with the 2.0-liter engine will be offered with four types of drive systems, such as front-wheel drive system, ultimate front-wheel drive system, all-wheel drive system and ultimate all-wheel drive system, each offering different mileage figures. As a result, the front-wheel drive model offers the mileage of 20 mpg when the vehicle is driven within the city limits and 28 mpg when it is driven on highways. The combined mileage of the vehicle is 23 mpg. The ultimate front-wheel drive model offers the mileage of 20 mpg when the vehicle is driven within the city limits and 27 mpg when it is driven on highways. The combined mileage is 23 mpg.
The new Fe Sport that comes equipped with all wheel drive configuration offers the mileage of 20 mpg when the vehicle is driven within the city limits and 27 mpg when it is driven on highways. The combined mileage is 23 mpg. The ultimate all-wheel drive model offers the mileage of 19 mpg when the vehicle is driven within the city limits and 24 mpg when it is driven on highways. The combined mileage is 21 mpg.
Price and the release date
The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport release date will not be earlier later than the fourth quarter of 2017. However, pricing varies according to the trim levels, such as Sport, Sport 2.0T, and Sport 2.0T Ultimate. Accordingly, The base price of the Sport FWD model will be $25,350. The base price of Sport AWD model will be $27,100. The base price of Sport 2.0T FWD model will be $31,700. The base price of the Sport 2.0T AWD model will be $33,450. The base price of Sport 2.0T Ultimate FWD model will be $36,500. The base price of Ultimate AWD model will be $36,500.