9 hi-tech features in the All-New Santa Fe

- It’s become an icon for the Hyundai Motor brand in Europe for almost two decades. Now a car packed with state-of-the-art technology, the All-New Santa Fe is a model for the modern world.

The fourth generation of the popular model, the first Santa Fe was first launched in 2001 and is the foundation stone for Hyundai’s SUV success. Along with the Tucson and recently joined by the All New Kona, Hyundai’s line up of SUVs have sold almost 1.5 million vehicles across Europe.

Named after the capital of the state of New Mexico, the Santa Fe is Hyundai’s longest-running European model and is built in the world's largest car factory in Ulsan, South Korea. The All-New Santa Fe had its world premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

The following documentary short goes behind the scenes at Hyundai Motor's Namyang R&D Center to reveal how the All-New Santa Fe's technology understands you.

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The All-New Santa Fe sports an updated design and upgraded safety features

The All-New Santa Fe sports an updated design taking a nod from the Hyundai Kona, with a revamped front section characterised by Hyundai’s signature cascading grille and slim LED running lights. It has evolved from its predecessors in terms of both its design and engineering.

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All-New Santa Fe product overview

Along with its bold new look, the All-New Santa Fe has been winning admiring glances from the media for its upgraded tech and safety features. Popular UK website Cars Guide wrote: “The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe 2018 model has all the hallmarks of being a brilliant flag-bearer for the brand as its largest SUV.”

As revealed in Geneva this year and proving their ambition to bring innovation to the motor industry, Hyundai Motor also plans to launch the All-New Santa Fe in a hybrid and plug-in hybrid version.

With the latest in cutting-edge safety features, this is a model that now makes advanced SmartSense technology available to everyone. According to the manufacturers, the All-New Santa Fe offers innovative and industry-first active safety features.

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The All-New Santa Fe has a range of safety features

Here are nine hi-tech features to take note of in the All-New Santa Fe.

1. Head-up display (HUD)

HUD technology uses augmented reality to relay information on a transparent display within the driver’s eye line so that they don’t need to avert their eyes from the road. In the All-New Santa Fe, data will be displayed directly on the windshield.

2. HTRAC

HTRAC is derived from the words Hyundai and Traction and is based on AWD or All-Wheel Drive technology. It actively adjusts the driving power distribution to all four wheels to achieve optimal balance on any kind of road conditions, including wet surfaces, bumpy or curvy roads.

3. Child Lock Release Function

If your child tries to open the rear door, when in risk of an accident, the door remains child locked with a warning alert relayed. Safe Exit Assist temporarily keeps the rear doors locked if a vehicle is detected approaching from behind. The All-New Santa Fe even includes a Rear Occupant Alert which will sound the alarm and flash the lights if your little friends have managed to hide in the back.

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The All-New Santa Fe's Electronic Safety Lock

4. Tailgate guideline

With an alert, the All-New Santa Fe will let you know if the rear of your car is too close to the wall stopping you from opening the boot. It’s the little things that help, like when your hands are full of shopping.

5. Remote Window Control

How many times have you gotten out of your car only to remember you’ve left the window open, especially when the heavens have opened? With the All-New Santa Fe, after you leave the vehicle, windows can be closed remotely by pressing the remote key lock button for just over three seconds.

6. RCCA - Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

The system sounds a warning in case of the risk of a rear collision from crossing vehicles while reversing and automatically brakes. Similarly, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist uses radar technology to detect the distance to the car in front and brakes automatically to avoid a collision.

7. Advanced Smart Cruise Control

With ASCC, the driver can maintain a constant, pre-set distance behind the car in front of them. The All-New Santa Fe uses sensors and a forward-facing camera to follow the vehicles ahead, and if they slow, it will automatically brake or even come to a complete stop, thanks to Stop & Go.

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How Smart Cruise Control works

8. Front Car Departure Alert

If you’re briefly distracted and take your eyes off the road while in traffic, the All-New Santa Fe will signal an alert if the car in front pulls away from an intersection.

9. Driver Attention Warning

DAW in the All-New Santa Fe is a driver protection feature which helps monitor driving patterns to detect reckless or fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents. The system analyses behaviours like steering angle and the car's positioning and will issue an audio sound and message on the display panel to grab the driver’s attention.