Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest car manufacturer, has staged the world premiere of the all-new Santa Fe at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, held at the New York Jacob Javits Convention Center.
In its latest form, the popular D-segment SUV is re-styled inside and out, fitted with enhanced features and new technology, and powered by re-tuned engines with improved efficiency ensuring that it will offer European buyers a visually-appealing, sophisticated lifestyle vehicle when it goes on sale in late summer. Hyundai is keeping the name, Santa Fe, continuing the heritage of the car manufacturer’s well-established SUV model as it enters its third generation. The Hyundai Santa Fe has achieved worldwide cumulative sales of almost 2,56 million units, and more than 350.000 in Europe, since its 2000 debut.
Three powertrain options will be available to European buyers, including a new, super-efficient, Euro 6 compliant 2,0-litre ‘R’ VGT diesel engine. Producing 150ps, this powerplant emits just 155g/km of CO2. The 2,2-litre diesel unit has been tuned for greater efficiency, making it one of the cleanest offerings in the segment with CO2 emissions of only 145 g/km. To ensure the newcomer is best suited to the tastes of European drivers, extensive development work has been completed for the European-specification model. This includes modifications to the steering, suspension and brakes, as well as changes to the car’s set-up to aid to high-speed stability and towing ability.
With its modern, urban style, the New Generation Santa Fe looks strong, dynamic and refined, with the vehicle’s body shape making a clear promise that this vehicle is safe and practical, but also sophisticated. The new model’s designers drew inspiration from the shapes created by nature during the formation of a storm a creative approach referred to as ‘Storm Edge’. Evidence of the significance of Santa Fe to Hyundai’s product portfolio, it is the first model to have its own interpretation of the Fluidic Sculpture design language which has modernised the appearance of the Hyundai range in recent years.
New Generation Hyundai Santa Fe will come with a host of intelligent features that enhance the comfort and convenience of driver and passengers, providing a stress-free experience for all occupants. To improve the driving experience, Hyundai has fitted the third-generation Santa Fe with driver aids, such as radar-controlled, adaptive cruise control. Light and rain detecting lights and wipers, which turn on when the conditions require, allow the driver to concentrate fully on the road ahead. New Generation Santa Fe will be fitted with the Smart Parking Assist System to help drivers access even the tightest of spaces.