Hyundai Motor Company has just 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.
Hyundai's 7-seat SUV has been re-styled inside and out, has been fitted with enhanced features and new technology, and powered by re-tuned engines with improved efficiency customers a visually-appealing, sophisticated lifestyle vehicle when it goes on sale later this year.
The Santa Fe departs from Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy (Tucson, Elantra, et. al.) as it gets a newer 'Storm Edge' design concept, inspired by the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. The new generation Santa Fe presents a more masculine, more aggressive and more characterful SUV appearance than its predecessor.
It is still unclear what engines will be used for the Asian market, but for European customers, the powertrain options include a new, super-efficient, Euro 6- compliant 2,0-liter ‘R’ VGT diesel engine with 150 PS and a more efficient version of the 2.2 liter diesel unit.
To improve the driving experience, Hyundai has fitted the third-generation Santa Fe with driver aids such as radar-controlled, adaptive cruise control. The Santa Fe is also available with a Smart Parking Assist System to help drivers access even the tightest of spaces.
Hyundai have worked on the improving the steering, suspension and brakes, as well as changes to the car’s set-up to aid to high-speed stability and towing ability. Front and second row legroom have been increased while a long, wide, single-frame panoramic sunroof allows high levels of natural light into the cabin.
The Santa Fe nameplate is one of Hyundai's most successful models, having achieved worldwide cumulative sales of almost 2,56 million units. Hyundai expects that the new generation Santa Fe will appeal to new consumers from a wider demographic range, including some owners of premium-brand SUVs.