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The facelifted short-wheelbase Hyundai Santa Fe has been unveiled in Korea with only minor changes to the car’s looks.

As earlier leaks revealed, the updated Santa Fe features a minor visual update. At the front, the revised crossover has thinner chrome bars for the grille, and a revised front bumper with redesigned fog light surrounds, LED driving lights and lower air intake.

Around the back, the rear bumper has been redesigned with new squarer exhaust tips, revised fog light/reflector units and a silver bash plate-style element. Top-spec cars also feature revised tail-lights with Genesis-style LED elements.

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More importantly, the updated Santa Fe is also available with some new and upgraded safety technology. Available in the updated range is automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, a surround view camera system, and smarter airbags, which feature both high and low pressure deployment.

There’s also adaptive cruise control that can maintain a safe distance to the car, and dynamic headlights, which swivel with the front beams based on steering input and speed.

Three additional colours, at least in South Korea, have been added to the Santa Fe’s paint palette: tan brown, beige chalk and mineral blue.

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In its homeland, the revised Santa Fe is available with a more punchy 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, which now develops 137kW of power and 402Nm of torque.

There’s also a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine; its gains aren’t quite as dramatic, with the revised engine rated at 149kW of power and 441Nm of torque.




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