South Korean car maker Hyundai’s SUV, the Santa Fe, has been remodelled to make it look more handsome and butch. This new Santa Fe has undergone a spin-off of the Fluidic design treatment called Storm Edge, which makes the vehicle looks more tough and hardy and will be launched during the Delhi Auto Expo in February, 2014.
The new SUV is expected to be driven by an updated version of the 2.2 litre, 4 cylinder, 194 bhp diesel engine that sits under the hood of the current Santa Fe. Power will be channelled through either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic gearbox. Customers will also have the option of choosing either front wheel drive or four wheel drive for their cars. The car is has a higher level of rigidity than before and this improves both the handling characteristics and safety of the car.
Worldwide, the Santa Fe can be ordered either as a 5 seater or 7 seater but in India, it would be a good guess that Hyundai will put only the 7 seater version on sale. The vehicle is also longer and wider than its predecessor. Open the doors and one will be greeted by a totally different interior.
Everything in here is new and the quality of materials, be it plastic or fabric, has jumped to a higher level. The steering wheel, dashboard, centre console, transmission tunnel have all been redesigned and everything looks a lot more space age and funky. Seating flexibility has been worked on and the overall interior space of the car feels roomier as well.
Two main reasons why the previous Hyundai Santa Fe never really took off in India were its rather tame looks and the fact that it was available only as a CBU, which is a factor that’s brilliant at lightening one’s wallet considerably!
But now, with the Storm Edge make-over making it look the business and Hyundai possibly bringing it to India as a CKD, thereby reducing its asking price to an expected ex-showroom price of Rs. 22-24 lakhs; the new Santa Fe is all set to give the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Ssangyong Rexton and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport some proper nightmares.