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by Tim Beissmann

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe will debut at this month’s Frankfurt motor show with a host of new active safety and convenience features and some subtle design tweaks ahead of its Australian introduction in the final quarter of this year.

The updated Santa Fe gains autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane change assist and high beam assist – many of which recently became available in the smaller and cheaper Hyundai Tucson SUV that launched locally in July.

2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show

Hyundai says the 2016 Santa Fe’s refined exterior creates an “athletic, modern presence to reflect the latest Hyundai family look”.

The facelift brings darker headlight lenses, thinner horizontal grille beams, and a reshaped bumper with new foglights, intakes and scuff plates at the front. New alloy wheels and a shark fin antenna on the roof bring subtle changes to the profile, while at the back there are new LED tail-light lenses, larger reflectors and a more prominent scuff plate.

Interior changes appear to be limited to subtle design tweaks and new materials.

2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show

Hyundai also announced that it would be among the first manufacturers in Europe to offer Android Auto smartphone mirroring software when it introduces an updated version of the i40 in November.

Like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto allows Android smartphone users to connect their devices to the screen of their car’s infotainment unit to access native and third-party apps focused primarily on music streaming and communication services.

Hyundai Australia says it will begin introducing Android Auto to its vehicle range in 2016.