Hyundai has updated the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport for the United States market, giving them new standard features to go with their revised steering and suspension.
On top of the Korean carmaker's existing Flex Steer system that allows the driver to choose from three different steering calibrations--Comfort, Normal and Sport--to suit their desired steering characteristics, the electric power steering system of both Santa Fe versions has been refined through a 32-bit microprocessor. According to Hyundai, the new microprocessor enhances the Sport setting even further. Aiding the vehicles’ steering feel even further are their retuned front-wheel bushings.
The Santa Fe's suspension has also been enhanced with increased wheel bearing and lower control arm bushing stiffness to improve the front suspension’s overall lateral stiffness. To achieve the same for the rear, the suspension geometry and bushings were also revised.
New standard features have also found their way into the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport, like the driver's blind sport mirror and automatic up/down front passenger window. Hyundai's power hands-free smart lift gate, which is activated simply by having the driver stand a few feet from the rear bumper with the key fob in his/her possession, is also now available for both models.
No word yet from the Philippine Hyundai distributor if this update will also be introduced in our market.