The all-new 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe crossover (ix45 around the world) has finally debuted at the New York Auto Show. Re-styled inside and out, fitted with enhanced features and powered by re-tuned engines, the new Sante Fe is yet another competitive addition to Hyundai‘s increasingly stellar product lineup.
Influenced by Hyundai’s new ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language, the third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe adopts its own design concept called ‘Storm Edge’. Sophisticated and refined lines, which blend well with bold and voluminous surfaces, provide the large crossover with a more masculine, more aggressive and more characterful SUV appearance than its predecessor.
The same could be said about its interior, which, thanks to its high-tech look and feel, is aesthetically-pleasing. Its list of features include seven standard airbags, a panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, power seats, standard Blue Link infotainment system and Hyundai’s third-generation navigation and audio multimedia systems with an available eight-inch display.
The 2013 Santa Fee will be available in three versions: a Santa Fe Sport capable of seating five passengers, a Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and a larger seven-passenger LWB Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Sport models are offered with two gasoline four-cylinder engines, one a 2.4-liter direct injection (GDI) engine producing 190 horsepower (estimated) and the other a 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine developing 264 horsepower. The former delivers an estimated highway fuel economy of 33 mpg (the highest of any CUV / SUV equipped with an automatic transmission), while the latter achieves an estimated 31 mpg when equipped with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive setup.
The LWB Sante Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. To help navigate its bigger size, the seven-seater is the only model in the lineup to be offered with a Blind spot detection system.
The all-new 2013 Santa Fe Sport will go on-sale later this summer, while the larger LWB model will hit dealerships in January 2013.