Hyundai will present the new Grand Santa Fe at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Hyundai Santa Fe, a large SUV, made its debut at the 2012 New York Motor Show. It is available in six- or seven-seat configurations. Apparently, it won’t be headed for the UK since it’s only offered with left-hand drive configuration.
It will be added to the European lineup of Hyundai together with the new Santa Fe. The Grand Santa Fe has a bigger interior and boot space as it is more superior to the Santa Fe when it comes to length, width, and height. What makes the Grand Santa Fe stand out even further is its modified grille, a new front bumper and fog lamps and a restyled rear quarter. In addition, it rides on bespoke 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.
The cabin has an improved look and feel with its full-length panoramic sunroof with no centre beam. A three-mode adjustable steering and a 4.3-inch touch screen are offered as standard equipment. This model’s handling has been specifically calibrated to suit the European market.
Hyundai thinks that European consumers will like that it offers a “more damped, responsive driving experience.” The Grand Santa Fe will be available with a single powertrain option, a 2.2-litre diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It will deliver 194bhp and will have 192g/km of CO2 emissions.
Allan Rushforth, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Hyundai Motor Europe, said that the release of the Grand Santa Fe will contribute in meeting the increasing demand for E-segment SUV models in Europe.
Unveiled first at the 2012 New York International Show, the new Grand Santa Fe that will be shown at Geneva will feature a number of tweaks to the US spec, including adaptive front lighting, smart parking assist systems and lane departure warning. Moreover, the European version features ride and handling attributes specifically for its customers in Europe who want a vehicle that offers a responsive driving experience.
As introduced on the new generation of the Santa Fe, Hyundai’s ‘Storm Edge’ form language -- as derived from the brand’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design idiom -- makes its way into the Grand Santa Fe. This form language is inspired by the dynamic images seen during the formation of a storm. Since Hyundai developed the new Grand Santa Fe alongside the standard model right from the start, both vehicles come with a coherent form, thereby allowing them to closely resemble each other.
Despite the family resemblance, it is quite easy to distinguish the new Grand Santa Fe from the Santa Fe. For instance, the front end of the new Grand Santa Fe, a re-shaped front grille sits above restyled fog lamps and a more pronounced bumper. In profile, the rear doors are noticeably longer to accommodate the third row of seats. A new, longer roof panel accentuates the car’s load-carrying capabilities. As a result, the rear quarter glass now follows the contours of the C-pillars more closely.
In terms of dimensions, the new Grand Santa Fe is longer by 225 mm, wider by 5 mm and higher by 10 mm than its predecessor. Moreover, the wheelbase of the new Grand Santa Fe is only longer by 100 mm than the previous model.
On the front, the new vehicle features re-styled LED lamp clusters. At the rear, the new Grand Santa Fe is marked by separate exhaust pipes, compared to the twin tailpipes of the Santa Fe. On the sides, the new Grand Santa Fe is distinguished by stunning 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels.