At the New York Auto Show the wraps also come off of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe. The new generation of the hugely popular SUV shows a completely new design inside and out through its “Fluidic Sculpture” and storm edge design, a host of new and exciting features, and improved fuel efficiency. It is now more of a premium car, what the current Santa Fe never managed to be.
The new model looks sportier and cooler, what with lower height and shorter overhang. But it is still a very functional family vehicle with a 2,700mm wheelbase, with an overall length of 4,690mm, height of 1,680mm, and width of 1,880mm. While both first row headroom and second row legroom are increased for more space, seating convenience is improved by lowering hip point and ground clearance.
The feel and look of the cabin is also new thanks to the modern design and the higher quality of the used materials. Depending on the trim level, the Santa Fe comes with Hyundai’s exclusive infotainment system.
In America the new Santa will be offered with a 2.4 liter and a 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder engine. With the 2.4 Theta, the Santa Fe delivers the maximum power of 193 ps, and maximum torque of 25 kg•m, while achieving a great fuel economy of 23 / 33 mpg (city / highway). In the case of 2.0 turbocharged engine, it boasts off the maximum power of 268 ps, and maximum torque of 37.2 kg•m. This one does 22 / 31 mpg (city / highway).
Pricing of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe will be announced closer to its market launch in summer 2012.