If there's one thing lacking in the SUV and crossover segment, it's the lack of convertible SUVs. In fact, there have only been a handful produced of these open-top SUVs produced such as the Nissan CrossCabriolet, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and the Maybach G650 Landaulet. Now, Hyundai wants to join the field as the automaker introduced the Santa Fe Cabriolet.
The revamped Santa Fe was only introduced back in February and featured a bold new look which follows Hyundai's current design language. However, there is no option to have it spec'd with a convertible top. it That's because the Santa Fe Cabriolet is merely a one-off project by Hyundai Australia, and is not even legal to drive on the road. In fact, it's not even stricly a cabriolet or a convertible. A closer look at the photo shows it doesn't have a mechanism for a roof to be raised.
Hyundai's drop-top Santa Fe is based off a pre-production model used for promotional purposes only. The roof was then later removed to allow easier access for top-down and interior photos. For some odd reason, the open-top pre-production Santa Fe didn't meet the crusher as most pre-production models did. Instead, it's now showing off what a Santa Fe Cabriolet would look like. That's if Hyundai does build one.
Unsurprisingly, there is hardly any detail about this Santa Fe apart from it lacking a roof. The standard Santa Fe with a roof does have four engine options to choose from. A 2.0-liter diesel, a 2.2-liter diesel, a 2.4-liter inline-4 gasoline unit, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder gasoline engine. The Santa Fe is also already available in the Philippines. You can check out our first drive with it here.