Hyundai launched its third generation Santa Fe SUV at the New York show this week.
The model is re-styled inside and out, fitted with enhanced features and new technology, and powered by re-tuned engines with improved efficiency.
The Santa Fe has achieved worldwide cumulative sales of almost 2.56m units and over 350,000 in Europe, since its 2000 debut.
“Hyundai expects this new-generation model to continue the company’s strong performance in the SUV market, and to capture more than 5% share of its market segment in Europe during its first full year on sale in 2013,” the automaker said.
The US gets two models: the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport and longer wheelbase seven-passenger.
US engine options are 190hp, 2.4-litre, 24-valve, I4 and a 264hp turbocharged two-litre 16-valve I4. The seven passenger model will be offered with only a 290hp, 3.3 litre V6. For all three, a six-speed automatic is standard. Front-wheel drive is standard in the US while all-wheel drive is optional.
Three powertrain options will be available in Europe including a new, Euro 6-compliant two-litre R VGT diesel engine. Producing 150ps, this powerplant emits just 155g/km of CO2. The 2.2-litre diesel unit has been tuned for greater efficiency, making it one of the cleanest offerings in the segment with CO2 emissions of only 145g/km.
European-specification includes different steering, suspension and brake settings as well as mofifications to aid to high-speed stability and towing ability.