Hyundai reveals refreshed Santa Fe in South Korea

Some of the changes are expected to arrive in the US for the 2016 model.

Hyundai has unveiled a facelifted Santa Fe in South Korea, a design that is likely to cross over to the 2016 Santa Fe when it goes on sale in the US.

Visual changes include a more aggressive front fascia, highlighted by a bold grille consisting of three thick chrome bars, rather than the current five. Rather than distinct fog light bezels, a redesigned lower half connects both foglamp nooks together in a kabuki-like scowl.

Refreshed headlights (that include cornering illumination) and LED taillights are also part of the new look, as are gray-finished 10-spoke wheels. Three new body colors have also been added to the palette.

The update is more than just cosmetic. The entire unibody has been stiffened with high strength steel, and a suite of new safety features now come standard on the South Korean model. Such technologies include autonomous highway driving and emergency braking, smart cruise control and blind spot monitors. The back-up camera has been upgraded to 100 megapixels as well, and an optional 360-degree Around View Monitor is available.

The Korean version comes with a choice of diesel motors available with a 6-speed automatic. The base 2.0L version produces 183hp and 296 lb-ft of torque, while a leveled-up 2.2L makes 199hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. A premium JBL sound system is also available.

The US will likely get an even more powerful 2.4L diesel, along with a 3.3L V6 and a hybrid version as well. The refreshed Santa Fe is expected to arrive in US showroom in early 2016.

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