The New Generation Santa Fe will be powered by a 2.2-litre CRDi engine which develops 197PS and 311lb ft of torque. Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions will be available and a new two-wheel drive model has been added to the line-up.
Posted on 27.06.2012
The engine has been reworked to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions. The 2WD version returns 47.9mpg on the combined cycle compared with the 4WD's 46.3mpg (41.5mpg for the auto).
Hyundai is hoping to appeal to fleet buyers as both the 2WD and 4WD versions fall below the benchmark 160g/km level for the first time (155g/km and 159g/km respectively).
Hyundai engineers have tuned the New Generation Santa Fe's suspension specifically for UK roads with stiffer dampers to cope with bumps and uneven road surfaces that are more common in the UK.
Interior space and packaging differs from the outgoing model's with improvements to rear legroom (+45mm) and first row headroom (+11mm). Luggage capacity is 534 litres with an additional 48 litres under the boot floor while two quick-release levers flatten the second row of seats for maximum load space.
There is still a choice of either five- or seven-seat configurations across three trim levels: Style, Premium and Premium SE.
A number of safety features are standard across all trim levels including ESP, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Stability Assist and seven airbags. A first for the Santa Fe is the Active Bonnet System, which raises the bonnet by 60mm in the event of a pedestrian collision to help minimise the impact of head injuries.
On the equipment front, all models get alloy wheels, reverse parking sensors, self-levelling suspension (seven-seat only) air conditioning, Bluetooth® with voice recognition and a multi-function steering wheel.
The mid-range Premium trim adds touchscreen satellite navigation, reverse parking camera with Parking Guidance System, electric folding door mirrors with puddle lamps, dual zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats and roof rails.
The range-topping Premium SE also gets larger 19-inch alloys, electric driver's seat adjustment, Panoramic sunroof, Xenon headlights, keyless entry with engine start/stop button, front parking sensors and Smart Parking Assist.
Since its launch in the UK in 2001, the Hyundai Santa Fe has sold 37,500 units in total with last year's tally of just over 4,200 equating to a third of all European sales.
Produced in Ulsan, South Korea, the New Generation Santa Fe represents, says Hyundai, 'a significant leap forward in terms of desirability, refinement, interior quality and technology.'
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, said: "We think that the New Generation Santa Fe will not only appeal to existing customers with its fresh design and improved levels of standard technology, but will attract a new range of buyers looking for a stylish, premium and authentic SUV."
Prices will start from £25,495 OTR for the 2.2-litre CRDi Style 2WD model, rising to £34,395 for the 4WD Premium SE Auto.