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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe revealed

Hyundai has revealed details of its 2015 Santa Fe range which gets minor cosmetic and safety feature enhancements across its three-model range.

HYUNDAI HAS ANNOUNCED a handful of updates for its 2015 Santa Fe, following its recent announcement of lifetime capped price servicing and 10-year roadside assist. Updates include very minor exterior changes and technical enhancements.

Exterior changes for the 2015 Santa Fe include a darker chrome grille and new-look daytime running lights and cornering lights standard across the three-level Santa Fe range (Active, Elite and Highlander).

The looks might not have changed much, but the technical enhancements should please those considering the thing, particularly those considering either the mid-spec Elite or top-spec Highlander. Many of the features from the Highlander have trickled down to the Elite.

That includes the new version of Hyundai’s Smart Tailgate which is now standard on both Elite and Highlander and is activated via a sensor in the proximity key rather than, say, sweeping your foot under the rear bumper like you do with Ford’s Kuga. Simply, stand near the back of the car for three seconds and the boot opens automatically.

The top-spec 2015 Santa Fe Highlander adds safety tech including lane departure warning, front parking sensors and Hyundai Smart Parking which is able to park the vehicle without driver input.

How does it work? Using an ultrasonic wave sensor, an available parking space is measured and, if appropriate, the vehicle takes over control of the vehicle once reverse gear has been selected. According to Hyundai, “SPAS detects obstacles at the front and rear of the vehicle while calculating optimal parking distances from the kerb as well as from vehicles parked in front of and behind the Santa Fe”.

Engines, transmissions, steering and suspension remain unchanged for the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, although as we’ve seen recently Hyundai is in the middle of testing face-lifted i40 and Veloster Turbo models.

“The award-winning Santa Fe has been a success story for Hyundai in Australia since its launch in 2012 and the upgraded version for 2015 should help maintain that strong sales performance,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Director of Marketing, Oliver Mann. “We’re proud of the vehicle’s refinement, practicality, performance and value.”

Pricing is: Active 2.4L petrol AWD with six-speed manual $38,490 (+ORC); with six-speed auto $40,490 (+ORC); Active 2.2L diesel AWD with six-speed manual $41,490 (+ORC); with six-speed auto $43,990 (+ORC); Elite 2.2L diesel AWD with six-speed auto only $48,490 (+ORC); Highlander 2.2L diesel AWD with six-speed auto $53,240 (+ORC).

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