Hyundai Santa Fe

Apr 05, 2012
Author: Evgeniy Sherstobitov
Photos: Hyundai
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Hyundai unveils All-New Santa Fe at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. In its latest form, the popular D-segment SUV is re-styled inside and out, fitted with enhanced features and new technology, and powered by re-tuned engines with improved efficiency – ensuring that it will offer European buyers a visually-appealing, sophisticated lifestyle vehicle when it goes on sale in late summer.

Influenced by Hyundai’s form language, Fluidic Sculpture, the third-generation Santa Fe adopts its own design concept called ‘Storm Edge’, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. Featuring sophisticated and refined lines, which are in harmony with its bold and voluminous surfaces, New Generation Santa Fe presents a more masculine, more aggressive and more characterful SUV appearance than its predecessor.


The new model’s designers drew inspiration from the shapes created by nature during the formation of a storm – a creative approach referred to as ‘Storm Edge’.  Evidence of the significance of Santa Fe to Hyundai’s product portfolio, it is the first model to have its own interpretation of the Fluidic Sculpture design language which has modernised the appearance of the Hyundai range in recent years. In line with the full Hyundai product range, the latest Santa Fe features the hexagonal-shaped grille, finished on Santa Fe in sophisticated dark chrome.  Large, tear-drop headlights above the bumper are matched in shape by fog lights below.  The deep, two-tone underbody offers generous ground clearance, and the silver underbody panel visible at the front smoothes the vehicle’s aerodynamics and provides reassuring under-floor protection.

Longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, with the same 2700 mm wheelbase, the New Generation Santa Fe has a stronger presence.  The conventional two-box SUV architecture is spaciously accommodating but, more than that, the new body shape also suggests great strength, with an imposing front-end and muscular upper flanks.  The vehicle’s profile is complemented by the dark chrome finish of the alloy wheels – now offered as factory equipment up to 19-inch in diameter, for the first time on a Hyundai SUV.  The deep doors cover the side sills, ensuring the sills stay clean and that dirt is not transferred to occupants’ clothes on entry or exit.


A dynamic stance is achieved by the lowered roofline, swept-back windshield, upswept lower edges to the rear side windows, and rakish rear windshield angle. A sharp crease in the new Santa Fe’s side panels sweeps along the car from the front wheel arches to the trunk, setting the level of the front and rear door handles and sharply defining the upper edge of the wrap-around tail-lamps.  Above the lamps, the rear windshield is set beneath a small roof-level spoiler, further enhancing the dynamic stance of the new Santa Fe.  Twin tailpipes and a hexagonal mesh set into the lower sections of the front and rear bumpers, add a sporty finishing touch.

Three powertrain options will be available to European buyers, including a new, super-efficient, Euro 6- compliant 2,0-litre ‘R’ VGT diesel engine.  Producing 150ps, this powerplant emits just 155g/km of CO2.  The 2,2-litre diesel unit has been tuned for greater efficiency, making it one of the cleanest offerings in the segment with CO2 emissions of only 145 g/km.
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