Hyundai has revealed more details about the next Hyundai Santa Fe at its debut at the New York motor
4 April 2012

Hyundai has revealed more details about the next Hyundai Santa Fe at its debut at the New York motor show.

The new car is codenamed DM internally, but insiders have confirmed it will keep the Santa Fe name as it is considered Hyundai's icon - it is twice as well known as any other Hyundai. It is expected to target improvements in refinement, design and practicality over the current model. The new car, which sits on a modified Hyundai Sonata platform, is longer, wider and lower but sits on the same wheelbase as its predecessor. The first and second of three seat rows will offer considerably more knee room and boot space will be bigger.

Hyundai will offer a seven-seat version with a longer wheelbase measuring 2.79m and improved luggage capacity. A six-seat version will also be available with a middle row of two 'captain's chairs. The five seat model, with a 2.69m wheelbase, will be rebranded as Santa Fe Sport for America.

New features of the regular Santa Fe include improved aerodynamics, LED lights, new three-mode steering system borrowed from the i30.

The new Santa Fe will go on sale in the UK in the last quarter of 2012, with prices expected to start at around £25k. The existing model currently starts close to £20k.

All UK models will be four-wheel drive. Engine choices are yet to be finalised, but it is expected that the 2.4-litre and 3.3-litre V6 petrol engines won’t be coming to the UK. The same goes for the smallest (2.0-litre) diesel, as the 2.2-litre unit has lower CO2 output. The new car is around 120kg lighter than the car it replaces, despite being bigger and roomier.

Europe-wide volume is conservatively estimated at 20,000, five percent of sector volume.

The deliberate move upmarket is supported by sleeker styling. The all-new Santa Fe is based on Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language like the Hyundai i40 D-segment saloon and estate. The Santa Fe evolves this with a new design concept called Storm Edge, which Hyundai says “captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm”.

Hyundai’s SUV carries sharper lines in profile than previous models, and the front has a more aggressive look. The now-trademark hexagonal grille has been incorporated and the images appear to show lower bumper extensions for a more rugged appearance. European-spec cars will benefit from plusher interior trim materials.

It is expected that the Santa Fe previews a new look which will form the basis for other SUVs from the Korean marque.

Hyundai has sold around 2.56m examples of the Santa Fe since it launched in 2000.

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12 March 2012

[quote Autocar] improvements in refinement, design and practicality over the current model[/quote]

I think the current one is great, I absolutely love it. I am not sure these sketches show an improvement in design and practicality. More rakish perhaps, but if they plan to keep offering an optional third row, is anyone going to be able to see out of those tiny rear window? Especially small kids, who are usually the prime candidates for third row occupancy?

And in terms of practicality, I am not sure making the car longer and lower will help with that...

Oh well, perhaps the second hand prices of the current model will drop then...

12 March 2012

Another car with a death trap thick c-pillar!

12 March 2012

Bit disappointed as it looks too much like the Lexus 350h which is a DOG.

12 March 2012

[quote Azurite]

Another car with a death trap thick c-pillar!

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Yes the rear three-quarter vision will be appalling, something especially undesirable in a city car.

12 March 2012

[quote Autocar] “which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm”.[/quote] What ! Where do these people get these ideas ? Does this mean that it will create death and destruction where ever it goes ?


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

12 March 2012

[quote catnip]Yes the rear three-quarter vision will be appalling[/quote]

+1

[quote catnip]especially undesirable in a city car[/quote]

Which it is not, nevertheless you're right.

12 March 2012

Not many 4 x 4 go offroad. Natural habitat tends to be in a city. :)

12 March 2012

[quote Azurite]

Not many 4 x 4 go offroad. Natural habitat tends to be in a city. :)

[/quote]

My point exactly.

12 March 2012

I guess there's city and city. Much as I like the SantaFe, it would be impossible to park in cities like Rome or Madrid; even in several parts of London it would be a challenge.

12 March 2012

Looks pretty similar to an existing SUV they sell here on the mainland.

Google Hyundai ix55. Seen a few in the flesh, not a bad looking beast but I prefer the Santa Fe

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