Wednesday 23 January 2019

First Look: Official pictures of two totally different SUVs from Ford and Hyundai have dropped

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe
Ford Ka+
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

These are first official pictures of two totally different SUVs - a large one from Hyundai and a tiny tot from Ford.


On top is the first official picture of Hyundai's new Santa Fe 7-seater SUV.

It will make its world debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

Ford Ka+
Ford Ka+

The Santa Fe has been a consistent favourite with Irish buyers who will be happy to hear that the fourth-generation SUV is 70mm longer and 10mm wider than the current model.

And with a longer wheelbase there is more room for rear passengers, the automaker claims.

Significantly, there will be two engines new to the car, though whether or not both come to Ireland is unclear at this stage.

The current 200PS 2.2-litre diesel could be joined by a new 2-litre diesel and 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

As well as manual shift, there will be an 8spd auto transmission available, something more people are looking for these days.

There will also be a new electronic four-wheel drive system called HTRAC.

Standard spec on the new car will include autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist/lane departure warning, as well as several driver assistance systems.

Also on offer will be safety exit assist, which is designed to prevent accidents when vehicles approach from behind. It temporarily locks the doors, so passengers can exit only when safe to do so. Representatives for Hyundai in Ireland say that the new car will be a 191-reg arrival.

I've no idea of price yet but the current one starts at €39,995.

KA+ Active

Meanwhile, Ford has revealed their its KA+ Active crossover version.

It is taller than the basic car and made to look more rugged, in keeping with demand for small SUV-like motors.

It comes as part of a facelift for the KA+ generally. The company claims it has room for five adults and ample luggage space. Expect both relatively soon.

The latest KA+ has SYNC 3 infotainment with 6.5ins screen, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlamps

Engines include the new 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol and the 1.5-litre TDCi (the first KA+ diesel).

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