2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Facelift: first official photos released

Article by Christian A., on March 11, 2012

The world premiere of the all-new Santa Fe from Hyundai Motor Co. will be at the New York International Auto Show in early April but you don’t have to wait that long as teaser images of this new model have been released. The all-new Santa Fe (which enters its third generation) is known by its code name DM in Korea but for this new vehicle, the name “Santa Fe” will be retained.

Since the Santa Fe debuted in 2000, it has sold about 2.56 million units worldwide, of which 680,000 units were bought in Korea while 1.95 million units were purchased in other markets.

The new Santa Fe is based on Fluidic Sculpture (Hyundai’s design philosophy) but it also uses a new design concept of its own called “Storm Edge.” This is inspired by the bold dynamic images created during storm formation. The third-generation Santa Fe offers sophisticated and refined lines, which go beautifully with bold and voluminous surfaces, accomplishing a more aggressive and classic appearance than its predecessor. A hexagonal grille is used.

This is the key design cue of the Hyundai lineup. Its two-tone voluminous bottom car body and wider front and rear bumpers result to a futuristic and urban-style SUV image. Its dynamic side character lines improve aerodynamics while it gets a premium image from the emotional details on its exterior deign. This hints of a new design direction for the automaker’s next-generation SUVs.

The core product concepts of the all-new Santa Fe are “Refinement,” “Smartness” and “Practicality.” Hyundai expects it to be a major hit in the worldwide SUV market, providing the best value to customers in all aspects, with its differentiated design, advanced technologies, practical use of space, and good fuel economy.

Hyundai has long been considered an expert in interior engineering. The Santa Fe’s design and smoothness make it have a bigger presence on the road. It even helps enhance convenience and functionality. The cabin itself offers more space for the passengers and the cargo compared to the Toyota Highlander. Leg room for both the second row and the third row are larger as well in the Santa Fe.

Hyundai also made sure to enhance the seating utility resulting in the rear seat back having a 40:20:40 fold. This means that in the rear, it is possible to accommodate five passengers comfortably. In fact, four passengers can sit inside and stow their equipment like surfboards, snowboards, golf clubs, and even skis. Even when carrying larger packages, two seats can be folded down and still allow for three passengers to sit in comfort.

Indeed, there are various convenient storage and stowage features equipped as standard. Examples include the central storage console that is now larger and a storage bin in the front.

There are pockets in the back of the front seats and there is even an under-floor cargo storage with ample space. Other such features are door bottle holders, sunglass holder in the overhead console, two cupholders in the front seat and another two cupholders on the rear. To make everything even more convenient, the Santa Fe is installed with a power liftgate.

To make sure that occupants on the inside sit comfortably during long trips, this three-row model from Hyundai has dual-zone climate controls. The controls have an automatic defogging system integrated to it. Through the use of a sensor, the system is able to determine if the humidity levels on the windshield are rising. If it is, these are then removed at once.

The Clean Air Ionizer is another premium feature which utilizes negative ions in order to clean the air whether it is the air conditioner or the heater that is activated. Comparing the Santa Fe to the Santa Fe Sport, the former is longer by 8.5 inches at 193.1 inches and wider by 0.2 inch at 74.2 inches. The Santa Fe is also higher by 0.4 inch at 66.5 inches. When compared to the Santa Fe Sport, the wheelbase of the Santa Fee measures 110.2 inches, meaning it is longer by 3.9 inches.

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