The Sante Fe switches the Kia-Hyundai alliance over to the latter brand for the latest Popemobile, after His Holiness was previously wheeled around in a Kia Soul.
Pope Francis’ new ride is another nod to his ‘humble’ philosophies, after former popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II spent most of their public time travelling in Mercedes-Benz-based Popemobiles.
The Santa Fe also continues the ‘open and accessible’ theme for the Pope, with the Pontiff again doing without a clear protective barrier.
The barrier was installed on previous Popemobiles following the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, who was shot in 1981.
Power for the latest Popemobile comes from Hyundai’s 2.2 litre CRDi four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 145kW/421Nm, but we doubt much of that power will be called upon while Francis is perched on the back.
It virtually goes without saying that Hyundai has no plans to build other Santa Fe convertibles for sale to the general public, but the new ‘regular’ model for 2016 was unveiled last week in South Korea.
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