There is one niche car from the stable of Hyundai which is a proper SUV with quite the off-road capabilities and is a very capable car on the city roads as well. It came in almost a couple of years back to the Indian shores and the urban SUV buyer who found the Fortuner’s looks to be quite aggressive for their taste, took an instant liking for the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe and it managed quite a lot of bookings and converted them to sales despite the fact that it costed way more than its nearest competition, Fortuner.
But that is the story of the past. The Fortuner got a facelift, became more of an urban car rather than a true-blue off-roader and with refresh, came a hoard of customers who wanted to put their money on the Fortuner over the Santa Fe. Hyundai is quite the trendsetter when it comes to designing their products and now, finally they’ve started rolling out the Fluidic Santa Fe. It has been launched in China and seeing the importance of Indian markets, they’ll be launching it in India soon.
It has been launched at a price of 219,800 yuan and go up till 309,800 yuan (between Rs. 20 Lakhs to Rs. 30 Lakhs). It comes in two engine options 2.4 litre and 2.0 litre turbo engines. The 2.4 litre puts out 189 BHP and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. But it is the 2.0 litre engine that takes away the cake with 245 BHP of output and will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and the manual transmissions are not available anymore. It will be a bit expensive than the outgoing model and the interior also gets a fluidic treatment. The problem is that these both are petrol engines but we expect a 2.2 litre diesel for the Indian market.
It started with the fluidic Verna, and the fluidic philosophy went on reach every product from the stable of Hyundai, one car at a time. In came the fluidic i10 and the Eon, their stylish mass market offering, then came the Sonata and it was time then that their uber cool i20 got the fluidic treatment. The did not stop at this and brought in the fluidic version of their Elantra on whose production the plug was pulled quite a long time back. Accent is about to be discontinued and would not be getting any fluidic treatment and so will be the case with Santro.And now, we have the fluidic Santa Fe. Expect a sharp decline in the sales of the Fortuner once this comes to the Indian market.
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Source: China News