HYUNDAI HAS LAUNCHED its updated Santa Fe range in Australia today, due to go on sale from December 1.
Cosmetic changes are few, with new bumpers and wheels, stylised foglight housings and new jewellery for the head and tail-lights the only major revisions.
Under the bonnet is where the big differences lie; the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe featuring a comprehensively re-worked range of engines and drivetrains.
The current Santa Fe?s 2.2 litre CRDi diesel four-cylinder makes way for the Korean carmaker?s all-new 2.2 litre R turbodiesel engine, an all-alloy unit developing 145kW of power and a peak torque figure of 436Nm between 1800rpm and 2500rpm (421Nm in manual form).
"The latest Santa Fe builds on its renowned practicality and economy," Hyundai Australia's Sales and Marketing Director, Kevin McCann said.
"Packed with features that encompass the gamut of driving desirables - performance, efficiency, comfort and five star safety - it undoubtedly sets new standards for value as an all-purpose 7-seat family SUV."
The 2010 Santa Fe also receives Hyundai's newly-developed six-speed automatic transmission.
According to Hyundai, the new transmission cuts fuel consumption by more than 12 percent compared to the outgoing four and five-speed autos.
As with Toyota and the GM/Ford joint venture, Hyundai's new six-speed automatic transmission has been developed specifically for use with transverse engines in passenger cars and SUVs.
In addition to the new auto, Hyundai has introduced a six-speed manual, which replaces the outgoing five-speed unit.
When fitted with the manual transmission, the R diesel returns an official 6.7 l/100km on the combined cycle, increasing to 7.5 l/100km for the automatic.
Models fitted with the 6-speed manual gearbox also feature an 'ECO' coach - an icon on the LCD tripmeter screen that flashes when the optimum gear shift point is reached.
The 2010 Santa Fe receives a number of new safety features, active and passive, that has boosted its ANCAP crash safety rating to the top 5-Star status.
Driver and front passenger airbags, dual side front airbags and front and rear passenger side curtain airbags ( through to the third row) are standard across all three grades of the new Santa Fe.
Rollover sensors are standard, triggering the side and curtain airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners if the vehicle is detected to be at risk of overturning.
Other standard safety features include Rear Park Assist, front active head rests and 3 point retractable seat belts for all occupants, including the third row.
A reversing camera, built into the rear garnish with the image displayed on an LCD colour display integrated into the driver's rear-view mirror, is standard on the range-topping Highlander.
The 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe is available in three grades, with their features listed below.
TMR is attending the launch of the updated Santa Fe today. Stay tuned for our 'first drive' review.
- New Santa Fe 7 seat SLX R-2.2 turbo Diesel 6-speed manual $37,990 MLP
- New Santa Fe 7 seat SLX R-2.2 turbo Diesel 6-speed auto $39,990 MLP
- New Santa Fe 7 seat Elite R-2.2 turbo Diesel 6-speed auto $43,990 MLP
- New Santa Fe 7 seat Highlander 2.2 R turbo Diesel 6-speed auto $48,490 MLP
- Optional metallic/mica paint $375 MLP
Note: MLP is Manufacturer's List Price, which excludes regional and on-road costs.