A pure-combustion option will also be offered in the form of an upgraded version of the current car’s 2.2-litre diesel motor, available from £39,420. Improvements include a reshaped camshaft, a higher-pressure injection system and a switch from a steel block to aluminum, resulting in a 19.5% weight loss. Power – sent to both axles through a six-speed manual gearbox or a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch automatic unit – is up slightly from 197bhp to 199bhp, but torque output is unchanged at 325lb ft.
The Skoda Kodiaq rival has been completely overhauled visually as well, bearing a bold new design that, Hyundai says, combines “rugged presence and sophistication”. It’s slightly larger all round than its predecessor, measuring 4785mm long, 1900mm wide and 1685mm tall.
The front grille, which has been significantly enlarged to span the entire width of the car, features a new 3D mesh pattern and is flanked by a pair of distinctive T-shaped daytime running lights. The lower air intake sits within a new skid plate, while vertically orientated side vents aim to strengthen the car’s “upright and robust impression”.
At the back, the Santa Fe has gained a new reflector bar that stretches between redesigned brake light clusters and a new lower bumper in the same style as the front end. The external redesign is finished off with wider wheel arches and new, aerodynamically optimised alloy wheel designs.
Inside, the new platform is said to allow for enhanced comfort and convenience over the outgoing car, with a focus on premium, soft-touch materials throughout.