Hyundai gives the Santa Fe an update, with effort gone into steering and suspension

Hyundai recently launched a slightly updated 2015 Santa Fe, which receives some updates to its steering and suspension. And those kind of updates are the good kind of updates.

For starters, Hyundai says the 2015 Santa Fe received a new power steering system, featuring a 32-bit processor, which should deliver better and “refined steering feel.” I mean, we are in the 21st century, so any microprocessor greater than 8-bit capabilities are expected. This also means Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering gets a reworked Sport setting for firmer weighting.

And to hone in on the handling and ride front, the Santa Fe was given new front wheel bushings, retuned to offer better steering feel. The rear gets some treatment too with new geometry, new bushings, greater wheel bearing stiffness, stronger lower control arms, and more taut lateral control up front.

Some new standard kit also gets added: new daytime running lights, automatic windows for the front passenger, and a driver’s blind spot monitoring system. The exterior gains new paint options: Platinum Graphite, and Sparkling Silver with a Hands-Free Liftgate.

For full details, check out the press release below.



Innovative Power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open Now Available on Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014 – The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport offer more standard comfort and convenience equipment for 2015, including refinements to the steering and suspension systems. The 2015 Santa Fe Sport starts at only $24,950, excluding $875 freight charge, and is arriving in dealerships now.

The electric power steering system in the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport now uses a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering feel. The revised steering system retains Hyundai’s Driver Selectable Steering Mode, which features a retuned “Sport” setting that takes advantage of the updated microprocessor and offers firmer steering. Front wheel bushings have also been retuned for 2015, which also enhances steering feel.

Already known for delivering world-class ride and handling, suspension enhancements for the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport increase wheel bearing stiffness and lower control arm bushing stiffness, which increases the overall lateral stiffness of the front suspension. Revised rear suspension geometry and bushings increase lateral stiffness.

Hyundai Santa Fe continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers. The 2015 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or the powerful, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. 2015 Santa Fe uses the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V-6. All Santa Fe engines use gasoline direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Santa Fe models.

New standard features for the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport include daytime running lights, a driver’s blind spot mirror and an auto up/down front passenger power window. Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite paint colors are new for 2015. Hyundai’s innovative new power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open is now available on Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models, which makes it even easier for owners to gain access to the cargo area when their hands are full. The system makes it easy for the driver to keep both feet on the ground, simply waiting for the liftgate to open after standing within a few feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a purse or pocket. This is also the first time Santa Fe Sport can be equipped with a power liftgate. Santa Fe Sport also receives a two-tone grille for 2015 that emphasizes its sportier personality.

Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Santa Fe includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System, seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, four-wheel disc brakes and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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