Joining a growing range of sports-tuned Hyundai models in Australia, the Santa Fe SR will add a number of styling and handling tweaks to cement its place alongside the Veloster SR Turbo, i30 SR and Accent SR.
The new variant is based on a sports package offered in the Korean market, but Hyundai says our local model has come in for some enhanced Australia-focused development.
Features in the enhanced Santa Fe SR will include 19-inch Oz Racing ‘Versilia’ alloy wheels, matching the dimensions of the Highlander model’s alloys but offering better caliper clearance.
That’s important, because the SR is also equipped with four-piston monobloc Brembo grippers up front, matched to larger and thicker brake discs.
Hyundai says that, combined with a two-piston setup at the rear, the new braking package delivers an eight percent boost in stopping power.
The new wheels are wrapped in 235/55 R19 Michelin Latitude Tour tyres.
The top-shelf Santa Fe is also upgraded to include locally-tuned H&R performance springs, while styling is hotted-up with skirts at the sides, a lip spoiler at the front and a compact diffuser at the rear.
The SR’s powertrain is unchanged however, with power again provided by the regular Santa Fe’s 145kW/421Nm 2.2 litre diesel, matched to a six-speed auto.
"For the Santa Fe SR we’re sticking with the standard engine while offering unique, sportier styling, improved braking performance and higher-specification tyres," Hyundai's local product planning boss Andrew Tuitahi says.
"Combined, these attributes make a significant difference in terms of lateral grip and cornering, and so too do the springs in terms of feel and response."
“I think we’ve ticked a lot of the right boxes. In terms of sports SUVs, at our pricepoint I don’t think there are any direct competitors for this vehicle.”
Pricing for the new flagship model will be revealed closer to its Q1 2015 launch.
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