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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Award winning Santa Fe now even better

  • 2015 upgrade brings new technologies and improved appearance
  • New-technology safety and premium convenience features include:

- Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS)
- Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
- Hands-free Smart Tailgate
- Ventilated front seats
- Panoramic sunroof with ‘ignition off’ function
- Daytime Running Lights

  • Same award-winning seven-seater practicality, five-star safety, benchmark drivetrains and locally-tuned suspension
  • Convincing value-for-money appeal now incorporates Hyundai’s new Lifetime Capped Price Servicing and 10-year Roadside Assistance

16 September 2014 - Hyundai’s award-winning seven-seater Santa Fe has been substantially upgraded for 2015, with even more advanced features on offer.

The 2015 Santa Fe offers the same five-star quality, safety, driveability, affordability, owner peace of mind and practicality that won its predecessor a string of awards – including the much-coveted Australia’s Best Cars Award in the SUV $45-$65K category.

However, its significant model year 2015 enhancements – together with Hyundai’s recently-announced Lifetime Capped Price Servicing and 10-year Roadside Assist – mean Hyundai’s impressive seven-seater SUV now offers even better value for money.

EXTERIOR UPGRADES

The 2015 Santa Fe brings a darker chrome grille, together with rakish new Daytime Running Lights and Cornering Lights across the three-level Santa Fe range. These subtle new features further enhance the Santa Fe’s refined and aerodynamic Fluidic Sculpture design.

The updated vehicle retains Hyundai’s stylish 17-inch (Active), 18-inch (Elite) and 19-inch (Highlander) alloy wheels. Especially important in an SUV, all three equipment levels still come as standard with a full-sized alloy spare wheel.

TECHNOLOGY AND CONVENIENCE UPGRADES

2015 Santa Fe’s new technology and premium convenience features are truly impressive.
Both mid-spec Elite and range-flagship Highlander now come standard with Hyundai’s Smart Tailgate, with hands-free operation. Rather than requiring a foot-sweep under the rear bumper, as used by other such systems in this class, the Santa Fe’s tailgate is operated by the sensor in the vehicle’s proximity key. Stand near the back of the car for three seconds and the boot opens automatically.

The top-spec 2015 Santa Fe Highlander ups the technology ante even further with standard Lane Departure Warning and – perhaps most convenient of all – Hyundai Smart Parking Assist, which parks the vehicle automatically. The Santa Fe now also comes with Front Parking Sensors.

The 2015 Santa Fe’s Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) uses an ultrasonic wave sensor to measure an available parking space and automatically controls the steering wheel when the vehicle is in reverse gear. The system offers high levels of convenience to drivers who might otherwise be apprehensive about reverse parking. SPAS detects obstacles at the front and rear of the vehicle while calculating optimal parking distances from the kerb as well as from vehicles parked in front of and behind the Santa Fe.

The vehicle’s new Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) activates a warning light and alarm in the event of an unintended lane departure.

2015 Santa Fe Highlander’s technologically advanced standard convenience features now also include ventilated leather/leatherette front seats and a panoramic sunroof which now allows operation after the vehicle is switched off.

DRIVETRAIN, STEERING AND SUSPENSION

The 2015 Santa Fe retains its award-winning predecessor’s drivetrain, braking and driver-adjustable steering systems together with its impressive locally-tuned suspension technology.

Vehicle dimensions and kerb weights remain unchanged.
Engine choice is: Theta-II 2.4-litre (141kW and 242Nm) GDi petrol or R2.2-litre CRDi turbo-diesel (145kW and 421Nm in manual form, 436Nm for the automatic), both powerful and economical four-cylinders.

A six-speed manual transmission (Active equipment level only) and advanced six-speed automatic with electronic sequential manual mode (available in Active, Elite and Highlander levels) share Hyundai’s advanced Active On-Demand 4WD system, which features Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC). ATCC delivers torque vectoring by using an active AWD coupling combined with the braking system to immediately and transparently reduce understeer and improve lateral stability.

Benchmark performance and driveability are made even more appealing by the 2.2-litre CRDi-engined 2015 Santa Fe’s combined 6.6L/100km (six-speed manual) and 7.3L/100km (six-speed automatic) fuel economy and the 2.4-litre GDI’s combined 9.0L/100km (six-speed manual and auto).

“The award-winning Santa Fe has been a success story for Hyundai in Australia since its launch in 2012 and the upgraded version for 2015 should help maintain that strong sales performance,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Director of Marketing, Oliver Mann. “We’re proud of the vehicle’s refinement, practicality, performance and value.”

PRICING

Drive

Engine

Transmission

Active

Elite

Highlander

AWD

2.4L GDi Petrol

6 Speed Manual

$38,490

-

-

6 Speed Automatic

$40,990

-

-

AWD

2.2L CRDi Diesel

6 Speed Manual

$41,490

-

-

6 Speed Automatic

$43,990

$48,490

$53,240

* All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs

About Hyundai Motor

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Motor Group, with more than two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Hyundai Motor - which has seven manufacturing bases outside of South Korea including Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. - sold 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2012. Hyundai Motor, which employs over 90,000 worldwide, offers a full line-up of products including small to large passenger vehicles, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products is available at www.hyundai.com.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd (HMCA) was established on October 1st, 2003 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company. The award-winning range of Hyundai vehicles continues to set segment and industry benchmarks in value, quality, and safety, with innovations such as Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, and Australia’s first five-year warranty with unlimited kilometres.

Hyundai Motor Company is the fastest growing automotive brand since 2005, according to the 2012 Interbrand ‘Best Global Brand’ survey, with an increase of 115%. The growth rate of the Hyundai Motor Company brand in the last year alone has been calculated at 24.4%, against an industry average of 11.2%. Its current brand value of US$7.5 billion ranks it seventh among global automotive companies.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:59

Five-Star ANCAP safety rating for Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by ANCAP after excelling in the organisation’s rigorous crash testing.

ANCAP reports the Jeep Patriot “scored well in each of the physical crash tests, offering a high level of protection for occupants” adding that the crash test outcome was a “great result for Jeep”.

“The Patriot has proven it too is a safe choice for consumers," said ANCAP Chairman, Lauchlan McIntosh.

The Jeep Patriot scored 15.94 out of a possible 16 in its side-impact test, and 13.79 out of a possible 16 in its frontal offset test, along with receiving an overall whiplash rating of ‘good’ – ANCAP’s highest possible rating.

The outstanding result follows an equally impressive five-star ANCAP rating for the all-new Jeep Cherokee, which scored an impressive 36.16 points out of a possible maximum of 37.

Commenting on the results, Ms Veronica Johns, Fiat-Chrysler Australia President and CEO, said: “The ANCAP rating, and similarly impressive crash-test results around the world, are a direct result of Jeep’s focus on driver and passenger safety.”

“The results prove price doesn’t have to be a barrier to safety, with the five-star Jeep Patriot available for just $25,500 drive-away.”

  • Colorado ‘Black Edition’ crew cab accessory pack launches at Deni Ute Muster
  • Popular dealer-fit accessory pack is bundle-priced, saving customers more than $1,000 on RRP

Holden has announced a unique ‘Black Edition’ accessory pack for the popular Colorado crew cab models to celebrate the Lion brand’s sponsorship of the famous Deniliquin Ute Muster.

In response to strong customer demand for this on-trend look, Holden is offering customers the opportunity to package together a number of accessories and save more than $1000 in the process. The ‘Black Edition’ Colorado includes:

  • Hard tonneau cover
  • Black sports bar
  • Black nudge bar
  • Black bonnet protector
  • Slimline weathershields
  • Two iPad cradles for rear-seat passengers (while stocks last)

Normally priced at more than $5,000, participating Holden Dealers are offering the ‘Black Edition’ accessory pack at a special sale price of just $3,995 (maximum) until 31 December 2014.

The ‘Black Edition’ Colorado will be on display alongside a Holden State of Origin liveried Colorado and the famous Nürburgring world-record breaking VF SS V Redline ute at the Deni Ute Muster, held this year on October 3 and 4.

The Deni Ute Muster is a tribute to Australia’s love affair with the ute and is expected to draw daily crowds in excess of 20,000 people.

Holden will again host some of Deni’s famous ute-themed events including the Holden Grunt Off and the Holden Barrel Race.

The ‘Black Edition’ Colorado is now available at participating Holden Dealers while stocks last.

The dust has settled on the 2014 Australasian Safari, with Jeep’s Wrangler Rubicon X team finishing first and second to take out top honours in the Production Class category of the grueling seven-day race.

Having already conquered 3450 hard kilometres, the final stage proved yet another tough test:  175kms of bone-rattling terrain that included solid rock, sand, mud and corrugated tracks before finally crossing the finish line at WA’s Murchison River in Kalbarri. And as if the terrain wasn’t hard enough, a torrential downpour turned the final stage into a mud-filled nightmare complete with flash flooding.

But the two Jeep Rubicon X proved unstoppable, dominating their division to finish first and second in what was the final running of the Australasian Safari. The fastest of Jeeps, piloted by motoring.com.au’s Matthew Brogan, crossed the line in 38 hours 20 minutes – meaning the showroom-ready Rubicon finished 13th overall.

Their success is even more impressive when considering the two Rubicons raced in the Safari’s production class, which allows only minimal modifications. Aftermarket changes for the Australasian Safari were limited to racing seats and harnesses, a cargo cage and a racing intercom system.

Available as a four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the $52,000 (MSRP) Rubicon X is the most capable Wrangler in the line-up. Based on the Rubicon model, it is equipped with Wrangler’s part-time four-wheel-drive system that has electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles that receive power through a Rock-Trac transfer case with a “4-Low” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 axle ratio, front and rear, is also standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.

Asked how he felt as he crossed the line, Matthew Brogan said: “Relieved. I think that’s the word for it. After the weather today it was a slip-and-slide out there.

“Who would believe it; we start and finish in the wet and completely dry, and 40-degrees and dusty in the middle.

“For a production car to finish that course in one piece – it’s an impressive car!”

4X4 Australia’s Matt Raudonikis – who drove the second Rubicon  X - was equally impressed with the Jeep’s performance, saying: “The Jeep did a really good job. For a stock-standard production showroom car to finish that is just amazing.”

The tough-going of the Australasian Safari saw 18 of the 127 competitors retire well before the finish line, with those that finished in Kalbarri crossing more than 3,800kms - 2378 of which were in competitive stages – with the winning team finishing in 26hrs 17mins and 25secs.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

Suzuki Adds More Safety & Value to Jimny Sierra

Suzuki has added to its reputation of value for money and safety with an upgrade to the popular Jimny Sierra.

All new 15”Alloy Wheels and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) have been added as standard features.  With the addition of ESC, Jimny Sierra can now be sold in Victoria.

“The Jimny Sierra has always been an off-road icon – and now its retro styling and great value sees Sierra appealing to more younger buyers as a small hatch alternative,” said Suzuki Australia Automobile General Manager Andrew Moore.

Other enhancements to the Jimny Sierra include:

  • A new meter cluster
  • New seat upholstery
  • A new steering wheel design

Over the years, the Jimny has evolved to meet the changing needs of customers, while remaining true to a fundamental concept of compactness, lightness, user-friendliness, and full-fledged 4x4 capabilities.

As a city car, the Jimny is a distinctive, comfortable and fun alternative, while still retaining Suzuki’s proud four-wheel-drive heritage.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

Suzuki Adds More Value to Grand Vitara Range

Suzuki has strengthened its value-for-money reputation with a specification upgrade to the 2014 Grand Vitara model range.

Grand Vitara has been a pioneer for Suzuki’s 4x4 heritage since its first launch in 1988, and has built on Suzuki’s reputation for excellent four-mode 4x4 driveability.

The objective of the New Grand Vitara was straightforward – to improve on the real all-road mastery, efficient performance, practical urban drive, and the ease of use people have come to associate with the Grand Vitara series.

The following items have been added to the new Grand Vitara Navigator 2WD and Grand Vitara Sport 4WD:

  • Sporty 18 inch dark-silver alloy wheels
  • Dark-chrome front grille
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome side fins in the bonnet
  • Exclusive suede and fabric seat upholstery
  • Champagne-silver accents on the centre console, door trim, shift knob, meter rings, steering wheel and door trims

The Grand Vitara Navigator launches with a great new offer, with no extra charge for Auto at just $27,990 Drive Away with Auto, 18”Alloys & Multimedia Satellite Navigation.

Grand Vitara has always provided consumers a strong value offering, and with the addition of Dark silver 18 inch alloy wheels as standard across the full 5 door range the value proposition gets even better.

In addition to the alloy wheel upgrade, Grand Vitara 5 door models, all now standard with Multimedia Satellite Navigation also add visual enhancements including silver roof rails, a dark chrome front grille, new suede and fabric seat upholstery and champagne silver interior accents for the centre console and other accent highlights.  All in all providing a new aggressive yet stylish look for Grand Vitara.

Model line-up

The New Grand Vitara will be available in two different grades – Urban Navigator and Sport – both complete with high levels of standard equipment.

The Urban Navigator will come standard with the following features:

  • 2.4 litre 4 cylinder engine
  • 122kW of power
  • 225Nm of torque
  • 2WD
  • 5 speed manual / 4 speed automatic
  • 6 airbags
  • ABS, EBD, BA, ESP
  • Leather Steering
  • Cruise Control
  • Digital climate control
  • In-dash Satellite Navigation
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • External USB connector
  • Reversing Camera
  • Front map light
  • 5 x seating capacity
  • 18”Alloy wheels
  • Full size spare wheel (alloy)
  • Roof Rails

The Sport adds:

  • 4WD
  • Front Fog Lights

MELBOURNE, Australia (9 October 2014) Nissan Motor Co Australia has announced the release of the Nissan Patrol Titanium Limited Edition, the vehicle that combines the strengths of two off road legends: the Nissan Patrol and ‘Mr 4x4’ Pat Callinan.

Nissan worked with off road legend Callinan to develop this important variant in its SUV range. Based on the Patrol ST, the Titanium Limited Edition is equipped with an impressive off-road pack with over $12,500 of extra value.

“Knowing what works with my Patrol, I helped develop the Titanium Limited Edition to arm outback adventurers with all the kit they will need to get them anywhere they want to go” said Nissan’s Patrol Ambassador, Pat Callinan

Patrol Titanium Limited Edition pack includes:

 

  • Steel Bullbar
  • Alloy ¾ roof rack
  • Snorkel
  • Electric Winch
  • Driving Lights
  • Smoked Bonnet Protector
  • Towbar Kit
  • Spare Wheel Cover
  • In-dash Satellite Navigation
  • Reversing Camera
  • Moulded Rubber Floor Mats
  • Titanium Edition Key Ring
  • Pat Callinan’s 4x4 Adventures Magazine Annual Subscription

     

    Just 300 units are available at Nissan dealerships now with a remarkable driveaway price of $57,990* in manual and $60,990* with the automatic transmission.

    Pat Callinan talking Nissan Patrol Titanium Limited Edition http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ob76q1wa1Q

    *Maximum recommended drive-away price for vehicle including 12 months’ registration, 12 months’ CTP and applicable statutory charges, dealer delivery and administration charges. Premium paint available at additional cost.

    About Nissan Motor Co.
    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013.Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.

  • Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:56

    Introducing the Jeep Cherokee Limited Diesel

    • New powerful-but-efficient 2.0-litre turbodiesel with Start/Stop technology delivers 125kW and 350Nm while sipping just 5.8-litres per hundred kilometres
    • Efficient nine-speed automatic transmission – a first in the mid-size SUV segment
    • Equipped with Jeep’s next-stage off-road technology: Active Drive II 4WD with low range
    • Industry-first rear axle disconnect improves efficiency and engages 4WD only when necessary
    • Top safety: Awarded five-star ANCAP safety rating and ranked best in class in the 2013 Small Off-Road 4X4 category by Euro NCAP
    • Class-leading towing capacity: braked trailer limit of 2393kg
    • Available only in luxurious Limited trim level and priced at just $49,000 (MSRP)

    The all-new Jeep Cherokee line-up has been further strengthened by the arrival of the new Limited Diesel, with its 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine and nine-speed automatic transmission offering impressive fuel economy without compromising on power.

    The Limited Diesel completes the already-impressive Cherokee line-up, which is also offered in Sport guise, with its 2.4-litre petrol engine, and the Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk trim levels – all offered with Jeep’s award-winning 3.2-litre Pentastar V6.

    Jeep’s 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine delivers 125kW and 350Nm and is equipped with Stop/Start technology that helps keep fuel consumption to an impressive 5.8-litres per hundred kilometres.

    The new Jeep Cherokee Limited Diesel also features one of Jeep’s most advanced off-road systems, Active Drive II, which features a two-speed power transfer unit with torque management and low range unique to the diesel powertrain.

    The Limited Diesel also features 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather upholstery with heated front seats, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, front and rear parking sensors with reversing camera and an Alpine nine-speaker surround sound system all as standard.

    Standard safety features include seven airbags (front seats multistage air bags, side bags, window bags, driver side knee air bag), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with ERM (rollover mitigation) and ABS (anti-lock brake system) with both on-road and off-road calibration.

    To ensure maximum protection, additional safety feature options for the new Jeep Cherokee include new systems  such as the innovative Forward Collision Warning-Plus, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection.

    Maximising safety and security with the development of the new Cherokee allowed the mid-size SUV to earn an ANCAP five-star rating. The new Cherokee also earned the ‘best in class’ designation from Euro NCAP in the Small Off-road 4X4 category for the year 2013.

    This vehicle is also the first mid-size SUV to feature rear axle disconnect, resulting in reduced friction and energy loss when 4x4 capability isn’t needed and ensuring improved fuel efficiency.

    Model Highlights

    • 2.0L I-4 Turbodiesel engine
    • 125kW and 350Nm of power
    • Jeep Active Drive II - 4WD system with low range
    • New 9-speed automatic transmission – segment first
    • Selec-terrain system

    Model Line-up

    Model

    Litres

    Fuel

    Drive

    Transmission

    Power

    Price*

    Limited

    2.0L

    Diesel

    4WD

    9-speed Auto

    125kW

    $49,000

    *Base Vehicle Price includes GST and LCT, excludes all on road costs and dealer delivery.

    Standard Equipment – Limited Diesel

    Exterior

    • 18-inch polished aluminium wheels
    • Xenon HID Headlights with washers
    • Stop/Start fuel saving technology

    Interior

    • Alpine 9-speaker premium sound system
    • Heated front seats
    • Instrument cluster with 7.0-Inch TFT colour display
    • Leather upholstery
    • Premium interior accents
    • Remote start system
    • Remote USB port
    • Uconnect 8.4-Inch touchscreen with Navigation

    Safety & Security

    • Automatic headlight leveling system
    • Parksense front & rear park assist with stop
    • Parkview rear back-up camera
    • Jeep Active Drive II – 4WD system with low range

    Technical Data

    Fuel Consumption

    Combined (L/100km)

    5.8

    Urban (L/100km)

    7.1

    Extra Urban (L/100km)

    5.1

    CO2 (g/km)

    154


    Weights & Capacities

    Tare Mass (kg)

    1,854

    Length (mm)

    4,624

    Width (mm)

    1,859

    Height (mm)

    1,634

    Wheelbase (mm)

    2,700

    Running Clearance (mm)

    185


    Towing Capacities

    Maximum Towing Mass ( Braked Trailer)

    2,393 kg

    Maximum Towing Mass (Non-Braked Trailer)

    450 kg

    About Jeep Brand
    Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

    Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00

    Award-winning 2015 Santa Fe now even better

    • 2015 upgrade brings new technologies and improved appearance
    • New safety and premium convenience features include:
      • Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS)
      • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
      • Hands-free Smart Tailgate
      • Ventilated front seats
      • Panoramic sunroof with ‘ignition off’ function
      • Daytime Running Lights
    • Same award-winning, seven-seater practicality, five-star safety, benchmark drivetrains – suspension now upgraded
    • Sporty SR version will top the range from Q1 2015
    • Value-for-money appeal now incorporates Hyundai’s new Lifetime Capped Price Servicing program and 10-years free Roadside Assistance

    17 October 2014 - Hyundai’s award-winning seven-seater Santa Fe has been substantially upgraded for 2015, with even more advanced features on offer.

    The 2015 Santa Fe offers the same five-star quality, safety, driveability, affordability, owner peace of mind and practicality that won its predecessor a string of awards – including the much-coveted Australia’s Best Cars Award in the SUV $45-$65K category.

    However, its significant model year 2015 enhancements – together with Hyundai’s recently-announced Lifetime Capped Price Servicing and 10-year Roadside Assist – mean Hyundai’s impressive seven-seater SUV now offers even better value for money.

    EXTERIOR UPGRADES

    The 2015 Santa Fe brings a darker chrome grille, together with new Daytime Running Lights and Cornering Lights across the three-level Santa Fe range. These subtle new features further enhance the Santa Fe’s refined Fluidic Sculpture design.

    The updated vehicle retains Hyundai’s stylish 17-inch (Active), 18-inch (Elite) and 19-inch (Highlander) alloy wheels. All three equipment levels still come as standard with a full-sized alloy spare wheel.

    TECHNOLOGY AND CONVENIENCE UPGRADES

    2015 Santa Fe’s new technology and premium convenience features are truly impressive.

    Both mid-spec Elite and range-flagship Highlander now come standard with Hyundai’s Smart Tailgate, with hands-free operation. Rather than requiring a foot-sweep under the rear bumper, as used by other such systems in this class, the Santa Fe’s tailgate is operated by the sensor in the vehicle’s proximity key. Stand near the back of the car for three seconds and the boot opens automatically.

    The top-spec 2015 Santa Fe Highlander ups the technology ante even further with standard Lane Departure Warning and – perhaps most convenient of all – Hyundai Smart Parking Assist (SPAS), which parks the vehicle automatically.

    The 2015 Santa Fe’s Smart Parking Assist System uses an ultrasonic wave sensor to measure an available parking space and automatically controls the steering wheel when the vehicle is in reverse gear. The system offers high levels of convenience to drivers who might otherwise be apprehensive about reverse parking. SPAS detects obstacles at the front and rear of the vehicle while calculating optimal parking distances from the kerb as well as from vehicles parked in front of and behind the Santa Fe.

    The Santa Fe Highlander now also comes with Front Parking Sensors.

    The vehicle’s new Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) activates a warning light and alarm in the event of an unintended lane departure.

    2015 Santa Fe Highlander’s technologically advanced standard convenience features now also include ventilated leather/leatherette front seats and a panoramic sunroof which now allows operation after the vehicle is switched off.

    DRIVETRAIN, STEERING AND SUSPENSION

    The revised model’s hardware changes have given Hyundai’s accomplished Australian Product Planning and Engineering team an opportunity to fine-tune their award-winning flagship SUV.

    The upgraded vehicle now features new front wheel bearings, redesigned front knuckles, and changes to various suspension bushes throughout.

    “Those fundamental changes to the chassis gave us a chance to revisit the Santa Fe for Australian conditions,” says Andrew Tuitahi, Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s Senior Manager Product Planning. “And we’re confident that the results speak for themselves.”

    Tuitahi says 2015 Santa Fe’s chassis changes affected its lateral stiffness, steering response and resistance to understeer. All of which gave HMCA’s team ample opportunity to apply its expertise to further improve the vehicle’s dynamics.

    A thorough and detailed local development program combined exhaustive on-road evaluations and advanced computer modeling, with HMCA’s team evaluating 64 different combinations of springs and dampers for the 2015 Santa Fe.

    In all, 85 different damper combinations were evaluated – 59 at the rear and 26 up front – while rear spring rates eventually were increased by four percent, partly to improve Santa Fe’s load-carrying ability.

    “The stiffer rear springs also improve turn-in,” says Andrew Tuitahi. “That’s given us a more responsive car, with a higher yaw rate and better mid-corner response to throttle adjustments.”

    Other changes were primarily made to dampers.

    “We focussed mainly on damper flow characteristics: how we could best achieve a very similar force to what we already had, while making it smoother, calmer, and more comfortable. We concentrated on making the transition changes – when the damper changes from compression to rebound – as smooth as possible,” says Tuitahi.

    The team was also able to take advantage of a newly revised MDPS (motor driven power steering) system. The upgraded Santa Fe incorporates both a new steering ‘gearbox’ and a switch to quicker 32-bit computer processing – rather than the predecessor model’s 16-bit system. The steering changes have made the Santa Fe’s innovative Flex Steer system even more impressive, with greater weight and feel differences between the three modes.

    ENGINES, TRANSMISSIONS, PERFORMANCE

    Vehicle dimensions and kerb weights remain unchanged.

    Engine choice is: Theta-II 2.4-litre (141kW and 242Nm) GDi petrol or R2.2-litre CRDi turbo-diesel (145kW and 421Nm in manual form, 436Nm for the automatic), both powerful and economical four-cylinders.

    A six-speed manual transmission (Active equipment level only) and advanced six-speed automatic with electronic sequential manual mode (available in Active, Elite and Highlander levels) share Hyundai’s advanced Active On-Demand 4WD system, which features Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC). ATCC delivers torque vectoring by using an active AWD coupling combined with the braking system to immediately and transparently reduce understeer and improve lateral stability.

    Benchmark performance and driveability are made even more appealing by the 2.2-litre CRDi-engined 2015 Santa Fe’s combined 6.6L/100km (six-speed manual) and 7.3L/100km (six-speed automatic) fuel economy and the 2.4-litre GDI’s combined 9.0L/100km (six-speed manual and auto).

    SR: THE NEW SPORTS FLAGSHIP

    From the first quarter of next year, the 2015 Santa Fe lineup will include a sporty SR version of the popular SUV, which joins the acclaimed Veloster SR Turbo, i30 SR and Accent SR in the Hyundai range. Featuring an eye-catching sports bodykit, Brembo brakes, H&R performance springs, matte-black Oz Racing wheels and Michelin Latitude Tour high-performance tyres, the Santa Fe SR is the ideal ‘range topper’ for Hyundai’s sporting SR sub-brand.

    Using the Santa Fe sports package formulated by Hyundai Motor Corporation’s Customising Team in Korea as a base, the new SR flagship of Hyundai’s outstanding SUV also came in for some Australia-focused development work.

    The SR’s Brembo brakes feature four-piston monobloc front calipers and two-piston rears. Overall disc diameter and thickness also have been increased. The result is a marked improvement in stopping power over the standard 2015 Santa Fe’s already-impressive braking performance.

    Dimensions of the Sport Pack’s new 19” Oz Racing Versilia performance alloy wheels are unchanged over those available on the top-spec 2015 Santa Fe Highlander. However, the new wheels offer better caliper clearance than the standard wheels.

    “Plus they look great,” says Andrew Tuitahi. “The matte finish and distinctive styling really makes the red Brembo calipers ‘pop’.”

    The new Santa Fe SR also features high-performance 235/55 R19 Michelin Latitude Tour tyres.

    "For the Santa Fe SR we’re sticking with the standard engine while offering unique, sportier styling, improved braking performance and higher-specification tyres," says Tuitahi.  "Combined, these attributes make a significant difference in terms of lateral grip and cornering, and so too do the springs in terms of feel and response.

    “I think we’ve ticked a lot of the right boxes. In terms of sports SUVs, at our pricepoint I don’t think there are any direct competitors for this vehicle.”

    Pricing for the Santa Fe SR will be announced closer to launch in Q1 2015.

    Jeep has delivered ramped-up curb appeal and outstanding value with the launch of the latest Blackhawk Edition models across Compass, Patriot, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler.

    High-gloss black accents inside and out give the Blackhawk Edition models a stylish edge – and they all represent great buying.

    Blackhawk Edition models are based on the already well-equipped Wrangler Overland, Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 and, for the Compass and Patriot, Sport CVT variants.

    “Street appeal is a consideration for many Jeep buyers,” revealed Fiat Chrysler Australia President and CEO Ms Veronica Johns.

    “Inclusions in the Blackhawk Edition models provide - in one value-packed comprehensive package - the items many customers search for when individualizing their new vehicles.”

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