The all-new seven-seater fluidic Hyundai Santa Fe was unveiled at the 2012 LA Auto Show. This long-wheelbase version is the one India will get next year. The vehicle showcased was the petrol variant for the US market, with a 3.3 litre direct-injection V6 petrol generating 290 bhp of power.
However, the version that will be launched in India is most likely going to feature the 2.2 litre diesel engine that the current Santa Fe has which puts out 195 bhp of power. This comes mated to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, with an optional all-wheel drive system. Also read: New fluidic Hyundai Santa Fe may be launched in 2013
The Santa Fe has good legroom in all three rows for passengers, with some boot space as well for luggage.
The new Santa Fe will come with even more features than the existing Santa Fe. It will have the usual Bluetooth connectivity, seven airbags, ABS, stability program, climate control, powered front seats, heated rear seats etc. The new fluidic Santa Fe will also come with a panoramic sun-roof, to lend it an airy feel. It also features a powered tailgate lift mechanism.
The new Santa Fe is an evolution of Hyundai’s fluidic design them. The front has a large hexagonal grille, with swept-back headlamps. The fog lamps also feature LED daytime lamps. The window line is narrower and rises toward the rear of the car, adding muscle to the body. The rear is more squared off than the present Santa Fe and the tail-lamps also are more rectangular, losing the round units that the present Santa Fe has. It is also 244 mm longer and has a 99 mm larger wheel base than the outgoing Santa Fe, giving it more interior space.
The interiors look even more radical than the current Santa Fe, with beige leather and faux wood inserts. The dashboard has a cascading effect, with the centre console looking quite familiar, being similar to most Hyundai vehicles. Dual zone climate control, large multi-information display and blue-backlighting are all part of the new Santa Fe’s feature list.
The new Santa Fe will be launched in mid 2013 in India and will compete with the Toyota Fortuner and Chevrolet Captiva at a Rs. 25 lakh price point. Also read: Upcoming Hyundai cars in 2013
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