Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, today staged a 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 from April 4 to 15.
The all-new Santa Fe showcases the brand’s cutting-edge capabilities through its “Fluidic Sculpture” design, impressive fuel economy and a host of features to delight drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality and comfort.
“The all-new Santa Fe is a confident and highly capable crossover built for today’s family, with flexible space, premium interior amenities, outstanding performance courtesy of dramatic weight savings and segment-first technologies, impressive fuel economy and advanced safety,” Mike O’Brien, Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America, a fully-owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co., said at today’s press conference in New York.
The exterior of the Santa Fe invokes the impression of irrepressible motion through its own design concept called Storm Edge, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. The futuristic and urban-style design, with its bold hexagonal front grille, lets people know immediately that Santa Fe is a Hyundai.
Hyundai believes the all-new Santa Fe will be a great answer to families with two or more kids that seek the size, flexibility and capability of a crossover at the same time. The new Santa Fe rides on a 2,700mm wheelbase, with an overall length of 4,690mm, height of 1,680mm, and width of 1,880mm, while lowered height and extended overhang gives it a sportier look. Like its wider appearance, the new Santa Fe offers more spacious cabin room as well. While both first row headroom and second row legroom are increased for more space, seating convenience is improved by lowering hip point and ground clearance.
The new Santa Fe is also economically appealing without sacrificing fun to drive. For the U.S. market, two types of gasoline engines are available: 2.4-liter ThetaⅡ GDI four-cylinder engine and 2.0-liter ThetaⅡ turbocharged engine. With a 2.4 ThetaⅡ GDI engine, the Santa Fe delivers the maximum power of 193 ps, and maximum torque of 25 kg•m, while achieving a great fuel economy of 23 / 33 mpg (city / highway). In the case of 2.0 ThetaⅡ turbocharged engine, it boasts off the maximum power of 268 ps, and maximum torque of 37.2 kg•m. Thanks to both GDI and turbocharger technologies, the Santa Fe delivers more power than many of the V6 competitors, yet offer 4 cylinder level fuel economy of 22 / 31 mpg (city / highway).
As part of the company’s efforts to reinforce a unified brand image, Hyundai will adopt a new global naming strategy of one consistent name for one model worldwide. Thus, the new model will be named Santa Fe in all markets. However, according to local markets’ preferences, the sub name may be differentiated. For instance, the Santa Fe will be called the Santa Fe Sport in the U.S. market.
Hyundai also surprised media members and attendees in New York today by unveiling an extended version of the new Santa Fe at the end of the press conference, a long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model. This version, which will go on sale in the U.S. in January 2013, will have more space and bigger engines, while riding on the longer wheelbase of 2,800mm, with increased overall length of 4,905mm, height of 1,690mm, and width of 1,885mm.
The all-new Santa Fe is scheduled to hit showrooms in Korea soon, while Hyundai received 3,000 pre-orders on the first day of receiving pre-orders, a testament to the high expectations and interest surrounding the new generation SUV. The Santa Fe, which will go on sale in the U.S. late this summer, is expected to successfully position itself as a family SUV in the global market.
* Specifications may change according to region.
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