The Korean automaker Hyundai has introduced this week at the New York Auto Show the all-new 2013 Santa Fe (ix 45 in some markets). This is the third generation of the crossover which is going to be sold in three versions. The first one is the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, followed by the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, along with the bigger seven-passenger LWB Santa Fe.
Some of the features include 7 standard airbags, heated rear seats, panoramic sunroof, power seats, heated steering wheel, navigation & audio system with 8-inch display, standard Blue Link infotainment system and sliding second row with 40:20:40 folding.
The aforementioned Santa Fe Sport can be equipped with one of the two gasoline 4-cylinder power units. The first one is a 2.4-liter GDI that pumps out 190 hp and can return 33 mpg on the highway, which is the best in the CUV/SUV segment for the models equipped with an automatic transmission. The other engine is a more powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI that delivers 264 hp and provides the best in class power-to-weight ratio, allowing the vehicle to return 31 mpg on the highway for the version with the front-wheel drive configuration and automatic gearbox.
As for the LWB Santa Fe, this gets a beefier V6 3.3-liter engine which is capable of delivering 290 hp. The automaker says that this is the only midsize CUV which as standard has a V6 direct-injection engine. Only the LWB version gest the blind spot protection system.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is scheduled to go on sale at the end of the summer, while the long wheelbase model will come out in the first month of next year.
Source: Hyundai via WCF