Hyundai has staged the world premiere of the all-new Santa Fe at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. 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.
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 Santa Fe has achieved worldwide cumulative sales of almost 2,56 million units since its 2000 debut.
The third-generation Santa Fe adopts its own design concept called ‘Storm Edge’, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. Featuring sophisticated and refined lines, which are in harmony with its bold and voluminous surfaces, New Generation Santa Fe presents a more masculine, more aggressive and more characterful SUV appearance than its predecessor.
The powertrain line-up features one petrol and two diesel engines, with outputs between 150ps and 200ps. All of these engines combine excellent power with improved efficiency and class-leading emissions figures.
The range-topping diesel engine remains Hyundai’s 2,2-litre ‘R’ diesel engine featuring a variable geometry turbo (VGT). This all-aluminium, powerplant generates 200ps and 431Nm of torque, and Hyundai’s engineers have reduced the CO2 emissions to 145 g/km.
Hyundai will also offer a smaller, 2,0-litre ‘R’ diesel engine with VGT which completes the diesel line-up. Developing 150ps and delivering 382Nm of torque, this refined powerplant emits just 155g/km of CO2 emissions when applied to the Santa Fe.
Thanks to the variable geometry turbocharger fitted to both diesel engines, New Generation Santa Fe offers 100% of torque from low revs – just 2.000rpm – which makes the car well suited to both off-road terrains and dynamic on-road driving.
A ‘Theta II’ 2,4-litre GDI engine will offer customers a petrol alternative. Its maximum power (193ps) and modest CO2 emissions of 197g/km again set the New Generation Santa Fe apart as a segment leader.