Hyundai’s next-generation 2013 Santa Fe crossover will debut this April at the New York Auto Show, according to a Motor Trend report. Hyundai started offering the current Santa Fe on the 2007 model year. It also got a refresh for the 2010 model year. The third-generation SUV will be the replacement for the midsize Hyundai crossover.
It will make its debut in New York and is likely to go on sale as a 2013 model towards the end of 2012.
No details have been officially released but spy images of the vehicle in prototype form have come out in the past. The car’s interior and exterior were restyled according to Hyundai’s new design language.
It also seems to be a bit bigger overall. It is rumored that the car will keep its present drivetrain and engine options, which are more efficient and offer a more powerful performance.
It’s possible that Hyundai will make a turbocharged four-cylinder engine available, similar to what Ford accomplished with the Explorer Ecoboost model.
The designers have created the three-row standard model and the new Santa Fe Sport with distinctive elements. This is to show their uniqueness in terms of shape and style. To start with, the new Hyundai Santa Fe comes with more generous interiors. The much larger model has enhanced passenger and cargo space right behind the 3rd row.
Nevertheless, the two variants have similar interior trims with flowing design. After all, passenger comfort and functionality remains an integral part on both new models. In fact, each model features the 40:20:40 split folding rear seats along with the optionally available eight-way power driver seat with lumbar support in 4 various settings.
To let in more natural light inside the cabin, both models may come with panoramic sunroof as an optional upgrade. Also, all 2013 Santa Fe Models now feature the YES ESSENTIALS seat cloth fabric. This type of seat fabric is made to last longer and has anti-static, anti-odour and soil resistant properties. Apart from the optional heated seats for the rear, the new Santa Fe has the heated steering wheel, LCD, and push start button as standard features.
The three-row Santa Fe model has an increased 1.9-inch legroom at the second row. At the same time, this latest entry now boasts of 5.5cu.ft cargo space and 31.5-inches legroom at the last row. Otherwise, customers may also avail of the optional captain seats and 50:50 split folding function for the 3rd bench. The rear passenger seats on the other hand come with the standard HVAC controls and vents for better comfort and convenience.
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is packed with a 3.3L V6 powertrain similar to the Hyundai Azera’s highly acclaimed LAMBDA II engine. This powerful V6 3.3L GDI offers fuel economy, exceptional driveability and excellent towing capacity. The 2,200psi high-pressure direct injection system is responsible for the increased torque and powerful performance while delivering fewer emissions and lower fuel consumption.
Aside from the new grille design, the Hyundai Santa Fe is now sporting a set of 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels to complement the new tow hitch and dual exhaust with chrome design. Additionally, the body side is now characterised by distinctive silhouette from the B-pillar all the way back.