Hyundai Motors Nigeria (HMN) has joined renowned markets in Europe, North America and the Middle East as it premiered the fourth generation Santa Fe mid-size SUV that incorporates Hyundai first AWD–HTRAC, an electronic all-wheel drive system that tracks vehicle speed and road conditions.
Also incorporating a newly adopted 8-speed automatic transmission with cutting-edge powertrain and maximised fuel economy, the Santa Fe continues Hyundai fluidic design tradition that typifies cascading three-dimensional honeycomb patterned radiator grille and a separated-type composite-light.
HMN Managing Director Parvir Singh said the arrival of the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), dubbed “the lifetime partner for SUV customers who value balance between work and life,” coincides with Hyundai budding accomplishment as the foremost selling passenger-car brand in Nigeria.
The SUV alongside Accent, Tucson, Grand Xcent and Creta, were put to road test from Akin Adesola/Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos Headquarters of HMN to its Gbagada office and back to Victoria Island.
The test drive afforded automobile journalists to have a feel of latest technological advancement introduced in the models.
Emerging from a makeover in 2017 with a slight front-end adjustment, the fourth generation Santa Fe is still its quintessence of deluxe with a new front-end, reshaped front bumper and new LED fog lights that is standard across the entire line-up.
The side profile with tough side volume and wheel arches are connected to a stable designed rear bumper to create a progressive SUV image and character line that stretches along the body panel from the headlamp to the rear to add dynamism and strength to its silhouette.
This is in addition to the new flag-type outside mirrors applied to the outside A-shaped pillar to enhance side/rear visibility and express strong exterior appeal.
At the rear end is a high-tech lighting image achieved with 3D-type LED rear lamps graphics and a bold proportion that creates a stance full of confidence.
HMN Head Sales and Marketing Gaurav Vashisht, in his presentation, said the vehicle’s cockpits adopts well-heeled SUV ideals with a shield-shaped control hub flanked by big air vents and undulating dash, dipping low in front of passengers and bubbling up for gauges.
“Simply put, the dashboard design wraps around the crash pad to express three-dimensional image, which maximise a sense of openness to provide the best visibility while enhancing a sense of luxury by covering a large area with PU leather,” Vashisht said.
He said the centre stack with large control knobs and audio volume are so intuitively arranged with a larger (7-inch TFT LCD) touchscreen and electroluminescent gauges to add an aura of conviviality.
Also worthy of note is the windshield-type head-up display, which was applied for the first time to provide safety and convenience by minimising movement of eyes during driving by projecting main vehicle information on the front windshield, Mr. Vashisht said.
The Santa Fe’s seat design optimisation with an 8-way adjustment function astonishingly uses electric tilting type cushion to enhance thigh support, making driving a cinch for tall drivers.
“At the mere touch of a button, the first and second row seats allow easy access with improved third row spaciousness that enhances the capacity of the rear area of second row, which has been increased by 40-liter from 585liter to 625liter to maximise the convenience of luggage loading,” he said.