New Grand Santa Fe will allow Hyundai to meet rising demand for larger SUVs in Europe

The new Hyundai Grand Santa Fe has been unveiled at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

First seen at the 2012 New York motor show, the Grand Santa Fe is a large SUV offered in six- or seven-seat configurations. It won't be coming to the UK, however, as it will only be available in left-hand drive configuration.

It will join Hyundai’s European range alongside the new Santa Fe. The Grand Santa Fe is both taller, wider and longer than the Santa Fe, offering more interior and boot space.

The differences aren’t limited to the Grand’s dimensions. Further distinguishing it from its smaller counterpart is a reshaped grille, a different front bumper and fog lamps and a restyled rear quarter. It also features bespoke 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Improving the look and feel of the cabin is a full-length panoramic sunroof with no centre beam. Standard equipment will include three-mode adjustable steering and a 4.3-inch touch screen.

Hyundai has calibrated the European market version of the car’s handling specifically, claiming that it will offer the “more damped, responsive driving experience expected by European buyers.”

The Grand Santa Fe will be offered with a single powertrain option, a 2.2-litre diesel engine coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It will output 194bhp and emit 192g/km of CO2.

Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “The addition of Grand Santa Fe to the Hyundai portfolio will help meet the rising demand for E-segment SUV models in Europe.”

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22 February 2013

Interesting alternative to the Audi Q7!

Can't help thinking though they may need something more than the current 2.2 diesel unit to power it though.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

22 February 2013

TegTypeR wrote:

Interesting alternative to the Audi Q7! Can't help thinking though they may need something more than the current 2.2 diesel unit to power it though.

I'm getting the impression that every new Kia/Hyundai car targets the market a notch higher. If that is the case then they do badly need some new powerful engines or powertrains.

Take a hint from the rival VW Group. What an impressive new car blitz at the Geneva Motor Show. Hope Kia/Hyundai haven't sent their last penny on developing hydrogen powertrain.

22 February 2013

TegTypeR wrote:

Interesting alternative to the Audi Q7!

Can't help thinking though they may need something more than the current 2.2 diesel unit to power it though.

Hyundai already have a 3.0 V6 diesel version of the 2.2 available, used in the outgoing Veracruz - I don't understand why they aren't using it - I also don't understand why no RHD version as all the RHD engineering has already been done with the regular Santa Fe which is structurally identical from the B-post forward with this LWB.

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