Auto Expo 2014: Hyundai announce the launch of third generation Santa Fe

Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), the country’s largest exporter and the second-largest car manufacturer today announced the launch of third generation Powerful and Dynamic Santa Fe at the 12th Auto Expo 2014.

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Speaking at the launch, BS Seo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL said: “The third generation Powerful and Dynamic Santa Fe is world-class product and will set new benchmark in India’s SUV segment. The new Santa Fe is one of the finest expressions of Modern Premium with high level of Performance, Power, Styling, Technology and Equipment that demonstrates Hyundai’s capabilities and confirm its commitment of value beyond expectation to customers.”
Engine & Transmission
The new Santa Fe is powered by 3rd Generation 2.2L CRDi engine equipped with e-VGT turbocharger. The advanced 3rd generation CRDi diesel is Hyundai’s ‘R’ series engine which delivers 197PS@3,800rpm of maximum power and an impressive torque of 42.9 kgm @ 1800-2500 rpm  (MT) and 44.5 kgm @ 1800-2500 rpm (AT) with high mileage of 14.74 kmpl (MT-ARAI certified) and 13.01kmpl (AT-ARAI certified).
The Electronic Variable Geometry Turbocharger (e-VGT) is efficient and has precise control of exhaust gases for optimal power delivery across all rpms thus improving the engine performance. The CRDi engine operates at a high pressure of 1,800 bar and generates high low end torque resulting in lesser gear shifts in city driving conditions. The linear power delivery and with maximum torque over wide range of rpm’s ensures instant response at any speed . Available in 6 speed – manual and automatic transmission offers higher driving pleasure with enhanced fuel efficiency and refinement with intelligent 4 Wheel Drive System.
Dynamic & Futuristic Design
The new Santa Fe embodies the ‘Storm Edge design philosophy’ derived from Hyundai’s Fluidic design philosophy which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. Featuring sophisticated and refined lines which are in harmony with its bold and voluminous surfaces, the Santa Fe presents a more masculine appearance.
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The new Santa Fe showcases a Dynamic and Futuristic Sporty styling. It features a distinctive new look with the stunning three-bar hexagonal front grille complemented with striking headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The headlamp cluster has many unique features like bright HID LED Lamps and fog lamps with cornering function giving optimum Safety. The sporty chrome radiator grille and dual tone skid plates give an enhanced sporty image and a premium appearance to the car.
For a sportier and impressive appearance, Santa Fe comes with segment unique 18 inch two-tone Diamond Cut Alloy wheels. Sleek styling makes the Santa Fe aerodynamic and roof rails help define its clean side profile, while adding to SUV functionality. Wheel arch Side Garnish gives Masculine and distinctive styling and the Chrome finish Daylight Opening (DLO) offers luxurious and premium appeal.
The segment unique exterior features give unique style and futuristic looks. The unique features include LED Rear Combination lamps and Large bumper reflectors. The LED Rear Spoiler, Twin muffler and Rear Skid Plate give dynamic and premium appeal.
Futuristic Interiors
The premium interiors with the brilliant packaging of the new Santa Fe have been further accentuated to provide a wide sense of space and high quality finesse. The new Santa Fe offers spacious cabin with optimum headroom, generous front and rear legroom along with a large luggage space of 585 ltrs. The 2-Tone beige and brown interior gives premium and luxury touch to the interiors of car. Santa Fe makes sure the driving experience comes with a pleasure by providing the multi-function steering wheel, Leather wrapped gear knob, multi-function door arm rest with ergonomically positioned center fascia controls.
Presenting the segment unique features and the effective space management, the new Santa Fe offers three row seven-passenger seating. The third row seat is split 50/50 and can be folded flat. The second row is 40:20:40 split. Total cargo space is generous with plenty of storage for items of different sizes. The second and third row seats can be reclined and fully folded for greater comfort and for additional cargo space hence providing a versatile seating arrangement. The twelve-way Driver Power seat, rear door manual curtain and flexible seating configuration provide an added advantage on long drive and holiday trips.
Safety Features
Hyundai has always led the way when it comes to ensuring safety and security of passengers. The new Santa Fe offers advanced cutting-edge preventive safety systems offering driving stability requiring minimum effort on the part of the driver, yet delivering maximum safety on any road conditions. The new Santa Fe offers six Airbags and advanced dual seatbelt mechanism for uncompromised safety with state-of-the-art passive safety system unique to SUV segment.
The new Santa Fe offers three layers of safety with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) ensuring optimum safety during panic braking at different terrains. Santa Fe comes with premium safety features Brake Assist (BA) to ensure greater driving stability. The Hillstart Assist and DownHill brake control assists the driver in maintaining the vehicular control by preventing incline roll –back and steep forward movements. Santa Fe also offers easy mounting and securing features with lock for added safety for baby on board.
Smart Features
The new Santa Fe offers host of advance and hi-tech features like Cruise control, Smart key with push button Start and Stop for key-less entry/exit and ignition on/off, rear parking sensors with camera, auto folding outside mirrors which automatically opens and folds when the car is unlocked and locked. The solar glass protects the interiors against ultraviolet &Infrared rays while preserving cool cabin temperature. The tilt steering offers the most comfortable driving position while the cooled glove box keeps the beverages and food items cool and fresh. Additionally, it also offers puddle lamps, rain sensing wipers and safety power windows. The segment first feature, Flex Steer allows the driver to switch among three steering modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport depending on road conditions and driver preferences.
The new Santa Fe features advanced Infotainment audio system for music loving Indian customers with unmatched audio experience with six Speakers with Virtual Orchestra effect. The Santa Fe offers many infotainment features – 4.3” TFT LCD Touch with Rear Parking Camera display, Bluetooth, USB, MP3, CD compatibility and Aux-in connectivity along with Steering Mounted Audio Controls for unlimited music and phone access.
The new Santa Fe offers customised effective cooling of air through the Dual Zone Fully Automatic Air Conditioning, Dedicated Rear Manual AC for rear passengers which enhances the cooling effectiveness during peak Indian summer conditions. In addition to this new Santa Fe also features cluster ionizer for clean cabin air and auto defog controller for extreme winter conditions.
New Santa Fe : First in segment features

·         Flex Steer with three modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport

·         Advance Traction Cornering Control (ATCC)

·         Fog lamps with cornering lamps

·         Rear door manual curtain

New Santa Fe Highlights

·         LED positioning Lamps

·         12 way power seats

·         Advanced Infotainment – Touch screen audio and virtual surround system

·         Six Airbags

·         Electronic Safety Control (ESC)

·         Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

·         Dual Zone Fully Automatic Temperature Control

·         Hillstart Assist and DownHill brake control

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