Updated on 5th December 2013
It is being reported that Hyundai is planning to launch the new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe in India in February 2014. The current SUV is a Toyota Fortuner rivaling 7-seater SUV, and has been a slow seller for the company till now because of the soft looks and a higher price tag as it was being offered in India via the costlier CBU route. The new SUV will be assembled in India via the CKD route to bring the costs down and give the Fortuner a tough time. The prices are expected to be the same or lower than the Fortuner which sells in the range of Rs. 22.23 Lakh to Rs. 24.26 Lakh. The Sanat Fe as of now is priced from Rs. 23.60 Lakh to Rs. 26.69 Lakh. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi. The new Santa Fe debuts Hyundai’s new ‘Storm Edge’ design philosophy, which is much more aggressive than the ‘Fluidic’ theme found on its other cars, the new design theme will be used on future SUVs and crossovers from the company.
Photo Gallery: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
Currently the Sanata Fe is powered by a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel motor producing 194 BHP @ 3800 rpm and 421 Nm @ 1800 – 2500 rpm. Power is transmitted via a 6-speed manual transmission to the front wheels, there are also two 4WD options on offer, one with the 6-speed manual transmission, the other is offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The new SUV is expected to get an updated version of the 2.2-litre engine to keep costs in check, though in international markets it also gets a whole host of petrol engines (which will never make their way to India) and a 2.0-litre diesel engine which makes a bit less power. There is a chance that Hyundai will offer this engine in India. There are also rumours that the 4WD variant of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe may not be offered with a manual transmission as before.
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News Source: Motoroids.com
Updated on 16th August 2013
Hyundai recently showcased the Hyundai i10 Grand which is due for a September 3 launch but what it has not been showcasing for a while to us is the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe. The test car units seemed to have touched down on Indian shores for a while and have been caught testing on a number of occasions. The new Santa Fe has been caught on candid camera once more and the car is under a pretty heavy camouflage on this occasion. The launch of the car has been getting delayed for a while and the word on the street is that it is because the Koreans are finding it a bit difficult to price the car.
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe when it goes on sale will be up against the likes of the Ssangyong Rexton and Toyota Fortuner which are quite the brisk sellers. Hyundai may not be able to dethrone the Toyota Fortuner from being the leader of the segment with the Santa Fe but it can surely give it a run for its money. The Santa Fe will be priced in the range of Rs 20-22 lakhs as it will come through the CKD route. As a matter of fact, the car is the world’s safest SUV as per Euro NCAP ratings.
2014 Hyundai Santa Fe will get the same 2.2 litre diesel motor that powers the current generation car. It develops a maximum power output of 197 BHP @ 4,000 RPM and a peak torque of 421 NM @ 1,800 NM. It gets mated to a 6 speed manual transmission and the torque gets bumped to 436 NM @ 1,800 NM for the 6 speed automatic version. The car also has a choice of 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre petrol motors globally but we highly doubt that they’ll touch down on Indian shores.
The car is on sale globally in 5-seater and 7-seater versions and the Indian version is expected to be the 7-seater one. The 2013 Santa Fe carries forward the fluidic design philosophy of Hyundai and there are no two ways to the fact that the car surely looks like mirror cracking material. Now what remains to be seen is as to how does Hyundai price the car and when is it launching it. Expect the car to be launched towards the fag end of 2013 or in early 2014.
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