The Hyundai’s trump card to cash in will be an upcoming refreshed edition, the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. The decision to add changes and upgrades to this base Santa Fe Sport model is simply a reaction keeping in mind that it is going to go up against the likes of Nissan Juke, Honda CR-V among others. With all of these true-blue crossovers aiming to hit the roads by 2018, the Hyundai had to add more value and presence to their entrant.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport – Fascinating Design
There’s a growing demand for compact crossovers which are spacious enough to seat 5 passengers inside without a compulsory 3rd seat head rest. Putting the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport in this line-up, the current model fits the dimensions quite firmly. This series of models is just a proper Hyundai Santa Fe SUV with a shorter wheelbase and a steeper rear-end drop.
The preliminary changes will include a sharper headlamp cluster. Edges are more important than curves especially for a vehicle which will run in urban conditions. (But this model has what takes to go off-roads and tackle the odd boulder as well.) An easily noticeable design element in crossovers is steeper front and rear bumper angles. This series echoes the same bland parallel front fascia dynamics and is one of the best ones around.
A larger grille for starters – the new design will lead to a higher hood entry and a wider view. Its grille design will remain the same with chrome elements jutting out. Air intakes are paired with a LED manifold in current models, another thing which is going to be repeated in this upcoming 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport model. However, same as up front, rear lamps will be re-designed to add more urban appeal.
Trickled Down Interior Specs
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is expected to get quite a few trickled down specs from its higher 2.0 T trim. It gets:
- Dual Front-Temperature Control
- Leather Upholstery
- 8-Way Adjustable Driver Seat plus lumbar support functions
- 6-way Adjustable passenger front seat
- Rear Zone Separate Temperature Control
- HomeLink and Compass
- 12-Speaker Infinity Premium Audio Setup.
It is also expected that the Popular Equipment Package now available as optional will come with the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
More Powerful Turbocharged Engine
The current model comes with a 2.4L inline-4 turbocharged engine. Power outputs come in at around 185 HP at 6000 rpm and 178 lb-ft. at 4000 rpm. This is a naturally aspirated engine – EPA ratings are at 21/27/24 mpg in city/highway /combined drives (With FWD).
Also, the new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T trims comes with an added compression ratio. Power outputs for this 2.0 L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine come in at around 240 HP at 6000 rpm and 260 lb-ft. at 1450-3500 rpm. Expect better EPA ratings, a 2 mpg improvement over current 2.0 T models to put up figures of 19/27/22 mpg in city/highway /combined drives (With FWD).
The same 6-speed SHIFTRONIC auto transmission will be added to this setup. Both Forward Wheel and All Wheel Drivetrains will come with the same setups and configurations.
The Japanese manufacturers are going through a complete overhaul. The new 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport model will hit the markets within 2018. The price tag will not hover above the $27,000.