Hyundai India is likely to launch the all-new Santa Fe SUV in February 2014, with the launch possibly happening at the Indian Auto Expo, an event is scheduled to happen in February, next year. The all-new Santa Fe SUV has been spotted doing testing runs on Indian roads for nearly a year now. The 2014 Santa Fe is a 3rd generation model that is based on Hyundai’s Storm Edge design philosophy, a more subdued version of the Fluidic design philosophy.
The Storm Edge design appears on both the outside and the insides of the SUV. Apart from a design that tilts more towards a crossover than a SUV, the 2014 Santa Fe comes with lavishly appointed, high quality interiors, a traditional Hyundai trait. With a hefty set of features and creature comforts, the 2014 Santa Fe could lead the luxury SUV pack in India, especially when it comes to the equipment levels on offer.
While international versions of the Santa Fe are available with petrol and diesel engine options, the Indian version of the SUV will make do with a 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine that outputs 197 PS of peak power and 422 Nm of peak torque. As is the case with international variants, 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options may be offered on the India-spec Santa Fe as well.
With market leader Toyota Fortuner being in the cross hairs of the 2014 Santa Fe, Hyundai will do well to equip the SUV with front wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. Adding a front wheel driven, manual gearbox equipped variant to the Santa Fe is likely to allow Hyundai to price the SUV sharply. Slightly larger than the outgoing model, the 2014 Santa Fe is a seven seat SUV.
Save for the Verna and Elantra Fluidic sedans, Hyundai India hasn’t been able to crack the 10 lakh rupees+ premium car market in India. The Santa Fe SUV, which has been imported into the country through the completely built unit (CBU) route, will need CKD assembly for costs to come down. To keep a tab on costs and price the 2014 Santa Fe competitively, Hyundai India is likely to CKD assemble the new SUV at its Sriperumbudur factory, off Chennai.