If you're excited for the upcoming 'Storm Edge' Santa Fe from Hyundai, perhaps these specs and features would be of interest to you.
The prices that we published last time haven't changed (yet), and now we've got some of the specifications for the top two variants. The only engine that will be offered initially will be the 2.2 liter CRDI motor with 197 metric horsepower; the same engine found in the current model with the variable geometry turbo system. All variants will be the short wheelbase version of the Santa Fe at 2700mm. The upcoming model will measure 4690mm long, 1880mm wide and 1690mm tall; roughly the same as the outgoing model, though it is slightly slimmer and lower.
For the PhP 1.768M 2013 Santa Fe 6-AT front wheel drive model, standard exterior include front foglamps, heated mirrors with a power fold function, a chrome grille and body colored handles. 18 inch wheels are standard for this model.
This variant also gets dual airbags, a 4-wheel electronic 4-sensor 4-channel ABS and EBD as well as a back up camera and LCD display. Also standard is an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with steering wheel controls, USB and Aux input as well as a Bluetooth handsfree system. A smart key (key in your pocket transponder) is standard for this variant.
We're sure many of you are wondering about the PhP 2.228M 4-wheel drive variant of the Santa Fe, and as expected, the list of standard features is longer. Hyundai have added a panoramic sunroof, HID headlamps, automatic wipers, chrome door handles and a 'dark chrome' front grille.
For safety, the top spec 4WD variant gets side and curtain airbags, a traction control system, an electronic stability program with downhill brake control, brake assist and hill start assist. This version, as expected, gets the smart key as well and the back-up camera.
For convenience, the 4WD version has automatic lights, a dual zone auto climate control system with a manual aircon at the back on top of the standard features of the FWD 6-AT model. Of course, there's also the locking 4 wheel drive system.
The Santa Fe is positioned to compete against SUVS like the (body-on-frame) Montero Sport, Fortuner, Alterra and Everest as well as its brother from Kia, the (crossover) Sorento and the Captiva from Chevy. However, the pricing of the top spec 4WD version does bring it very, very close to the next class up; the market segment of the Explorer from Ford.
The all new Santa Fe is due for it's local launch over the next few weeks.