Redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe appears at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

Among all the news the 2016 Chicago Auto Show has brought us, one that could pass almost unnoticed is about the restyled Hyundai Santa Fe. Changes have been limited to new bumpers, new wheels and other accessory changes.

Even though the car is essentialy the same, it is important to register it has changed because this may lead to the devaluation of the current model, especially in developing countries. Therefore, be warned: in case you are considering this SUV, ask for a rebate or wait for the new one to be sold.

In the USA, the Santa Fe is offered in two versions: Sport, ironically for its weaker engines, and simply Santa Fe, with a longer wheelbase and 3 seat rows. The first one is 4.70 m long, 1.88 m wide, 1.68 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.70 m. It is powered by a 2.4 4-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 138 kW at 6,000 rpm or by a 2.0 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine that pumps out 179 kW at 6,000 rpm.

The 3-seat row Santa Fe is 4.90 m long, 1.88 m wide, 1.69 m tall has a wheelbase of 2.80 m and is powered by a 3.3 V6 petrol engine that produces 216 kW at 6,400 rpm.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.