The production version of the new three-row, six/seven passenger Hyundai Santa Fe debuted at the LA Auto Show on November 28 for the press. The show will be open to the general public from November 30 to December 9 at the LA Convention Center. Hyundai notes that the vehicle will soon become available at Hyundai dealerships, joining its slightly smaller little brother, two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport which has been on sale since August.
Both flavors of the Santa Fe feature Hyundai’s eye-appealing Fluidic Sculpture exterior design The new, brawnier Santa Fe is equipped with a high-output powertrains with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and a wealth of features to please families that are in need of a functional, versatile and comfortable crossover utility (CUV). Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date early next year. With Hyundai’s emphasis on more bang for the buck, the price is expected to be competitive with similar vehicles by other automakers.
Highlights of the 2013 three-row Santa Fe:
- Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine with 290 horsepower
- Santa Fe is the only midsize CUV with a standard direct injection V6 engine
- Tow rated up to 5,000 pounds
- Active Cornering Control AWD system
- Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM)
- All-new crossover architecture developed for families
- Fluidic Sculpture exterior design
- Hyundai designed and engineered six-speed automatic transmission
- Seven standard airbags
- Panoramic sunroof
- Heated rear seats and heated steering wheel
- Power driver and front passenger seats
- Seven passenger seating with 40:20:40 split folding second row bench seat or six passenger seating with second row captain’s chairs
- Sliding and reclining second row seating with cargo area release and 50:50 flat folding third row seats
- Standard Blue Link® – safety, service and infotainment telematics system
- Third generation navigation and audio multimedia systems with an available eight-inch display
- Power liftgate
- Santa Fe is 320 pounds lighter than the outgoing Veracruz and 239 pounds lighter than the all-new Nissan Pathfinder
Hyundai designers fashioned Santa Fe Sport and three-row Santa Fe together, with the signature differentiating element being the side view daylight opening (side window shape); the three-row Santa Fe features a shape that highlights the increased passenger and cargo room behind the third-row seat. The vehicle features 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, chrome-tipped dual exhaust and a flush-mounted tow hitch design.
Hyundai notes that both Santa Fe trims feature the same flowing interior look, designed for passenger functionality and comfort. From the available heated rear seats and eight-way power driver seat with four-way lumbar support, to a standard 40:20:40 folding rear seat back, both models boast flexibility and a pleasant cabin for all. Also new for 2013, and standard on all Santa Fe equipped with cloth seats, is a ‘YES Essentials’ seat fabric treatment that provides soil-resistant, anti-odor and anti-static properties for added longevity and livability. An optional panoramic sunroof is available that brightens the interior with natural light. Also available is a push-button starter with proximity key, Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster with color LCD trip computer, and a heated steering wheel.
The three-row Santa Fe increases second-row legroom by 1.9 inches and cargo capacity 5.5 cubic feet and features standard rear-passenger HVAC controls and vents to increase family comfort, while also offering a standard 50:50 split folding third-row bench seat with 31.5 inches of legroom. Second row captain’s chairs are also available on the three-row Santa Fe.
For more information, visit your local Hyundai dealer or click on this link.