2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Revealed Ahead Of Australian Debut

Mike Stevens | Apr 5, 2012

There was little room left for surprises at the premiere of Hyundai's new 2013 Santa Fe SUV today, with a run of telling 'teaser' images revealing that the carmaker can't be trusted with a secret.

Unveiled at this week's New York Auto Show, the new Santa Fe debuts a new styling language for Hyundai, with its outgoing 'Fluidic Sculpture' evolving into the new 'Storm Edge'.

Up front, the new Santa Fe gets a squared-off face and a new take on Hyundai's familiar hexagonal grille design, sharing its inspiration with the recent Hexa Space concept.

The profile of the new Santa Fe is dominated by a fast-rising belt line, while the rear gets slender new LED tail-lights.

The international debut of the new Santa Fe brings both short- and long-wheelbase versions, continuing the five- and seven-seat choices of its predecessor.

The seven-seat model is longer than that the outgoing car, but rides on the same 2700mm wheelbase - 100mm longer than the regular model. Overall, the seven-seater is 215mm longer, 10mm taller and 5mm wider than the five-seat model.

In the US market, the Santa Fe will be offered with two four-cylinder petrol engines in short-wheelbase form, and a 3.3 litre V6 in the long-wheelbase.

The four-cylinder engines will include a 141kW 2.4 litre and a turbocharged 197kW 2.0 litre. The V6, already featured in the overseas Azera (Grandeur) sedan, delivers 216kW.

Diesel options will include a 110kW 2.0 litre engine, along with the 145kW 2.2 litre R-Series diesel. A 165kW version of the R-Series is also expected, although details have not been confirmed.

Internationally, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered.

All variants will be equipped with an on-demand all-wheel-drive system, sending 100 percent of power to the front wheels, splitting 50 percent off to the rear wheels when slip is detected.

Watch for details of the new Santa Fe's Australian debut.

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  • Roger says,
    3 years ago
    3 likes
    I have really liked the new generation Hyundai vehicles, but they are getting arrogant on price. With some of their cars exceeding the cost of the Japanese equivalent (i45 v Mazda 6) I would always take the Japanese built vehicle. I dont have an issue with the Hyundai nameplate anymore, but I will not pay a premium when better vehicles are cheaper.
    • Balthazaaaaaaaargh says,
      3 years ago
      6 likes
      What makes the Japanese cars "better"? Most have had their share of recalls in recent years...

      Most of them are trading on old reputations if you ask me

      • huey says,
        3 years ago
        2 likes
        take the i45 and the accord euro for test drive and you will understand what Roger meant. Power and driving dynamics on the hyundai is not comparable to its Japanese counterpart.
  • BH says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    Sharp! very
  • Kevin says,
    3 years ago
    2 likes
    The back of it screams Subaru Tribeca? Looks 90% identical...
    • Smart us says,
      3 years ago
      1 like
      kevin spot on - yes its tribeca however this car looks better overal
  • Shaun says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Fairly nice car, better than their fluidic styling which is a real eyesore... well to me anyway.

    Only dislike the black plastic on the front bumper and around the fog lights.
  • cyclone says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Very nice. Much better than the ix35, which looked ok at release but now looks fussy
  • entropy says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    They had better sell the seven seater here. I heard a rumour they were thinking of only selling the seven seater in left hand drive only. If not that would be a massive fail.

    The extra length over the current model (I have one) would be great if it is all behind the third row. The only thing remaining to tick all the boxes would be a 200kg tow ball weight.
  • Shane says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    A rear opening window on the boot would be good also
  • Cecil B says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    i have a current Elite model, it is a fantastic car, and I never thought i would say that about a Hyundai...I agree with Entophy, they have to bring a seven seater.... I am looking forward to the new model here.
    • CJR says,
      3 years ago
      1 like
      I agree with entropy!

      200 kg tow-ball weight is an absolute must. They are losing sales to all those Grey Nomads who now insist on shower/toilet caravans (including me). The 150 kg of the current model Santa Fe is totally inadequate.
  • mike says,
    2 years ago
    2 likes
    I was waiting for the new version to come out before buying my santa fe, but i am glad i bought the 2012 model instead. This new model doesn't have the same character about it that i like with the santa fe. I don't like when all the cars look the same.
  • canon says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    was waiting for the new ix35 but this car is brutish and awesome it reminds me of the porche cayenne turbo the side and rear styling and bit merc ML in the front. very very nice. does anyone know if it has DRL's ? i agree about pricing they are getting big heads all of a sudden great innovation but its still korean sorry.
  • Naydi says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Outside looks great. The very basic interior lets it down though in my opinion. Not a highly priced car for the amount of car, however they need to take a look at the interior of the Mazda CX9 if they want to have comparible prices. I also agree that the big placky bumber is a bit of a let down. Nice looking car though in my opion and yeah, not unlike the porche...from the back.
    P.S. Does anyone know if the new look 7 seater wil be released in Oz? Some of the sites are claiming it will be made in LHD only.
  • gulshan arora says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    new santa fek 2013 is great suv with new fluidic design and vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvery fresh look grest interortoyata think about your fortuner old look and cheap interor
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