Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest car manufacturer,
has staged the world premiere of the all-new Santa Fe at the 2012
New York International Auto Show, held at the New York Jacob Javits
In its latest form, the popular D-segment SUV is re-styled
inside and out, fitted with enhanced features and new technology,
and powered by re-tuned engines with improved efficiency - ensuring
that it will offer European buyers a visually-appealing,
sophisticated lifestyle vehicle when it goes on sale in late
Hyundai is keeping the name, Santa Fe, continuing the heritage
of the car manufacturer's well-established SUV model as it enters
its third generation. The Santa Fe has achieved worldwide
cumulative sales of almost 2,56 million units, and more than
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.
Influenced by Hyundai's form language, Fluidic Sculpture, the
third-generation Santa Fe adopts its own design concept called
'Storm Edge', which captures the strong and dynamic images created
by nature during the formation of a storm.
Featuring sophisticated and refined lines, which are in harmony
with its bold and voluminous surfaces, New Generation Santa Fe
presents a more masculine, more aggressive and more characterful
SUV appearance than its predecessor.
Three powertrain options will be available to European buyers,
including a new, super-efficient, Euro 6- compliant 2,0-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
To ensure the newcomer is best suited to the tastes of European
drivers, extensive development work has been completed for the
European-specification model. This includes modifications to
the steering, suspension and brakes, as well as changes to the
car's set-up to aid to high-speed stability and towing ability.
As with all newly-launched models in Europe, the New Generation
Santa Fe will come with Hyundai's industry-best customer care
package, Five Year Triple Care - comprising a five-year unlimited
warranty, five years of roadside assistance, and five years of
vehicle health checks.
Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Allan
Rushforth, commented, "The original Santa Fe has maintained strong
sales year-on-year across Europe, thanks to its combination of
quality, practicality and value. Now, New Generation Santa Fe
retains the earlier model's key strengths - practicality, roominess
and dependability - while also offering consumers much more.
"With its fresh exterior styling, more efficient engines,
greater comfort and improved quality, New Generation Santa Fe is a
truly attractive proposition that will build on the successes of
the previous model by broadening its emotional appeal."
The company expects the New Generation Santa Fe to appeal to new
consumers from a wider demographic range - including some owners of
2. STYLING & DESIGN
Strong, dynamic and sophisticated lines
With its modern, urban style, the New Generation Santa Fe looks
strong, dynamic and refined, with the vehicle's body shape making a
clear promise that this vehicle is safe and practical, but also
The new model's designers drew inspiration from the shapes
created by nature during the formation of a storm - a creative
approach referred to as 'Storm Edge'. Evidence of the
significance of Santa Fe to Hyundai's product portfolio, it is the
first model to have its own interpretation of the Fluidic Sculpture
design language which has modernised the appearance of the Hyundai
range in recent years.
In line with the full Hyundai product range, the latest Santa Fe
features the hexagonal-shaped grille, finished on Santa Fe in
sophisticated dark chrome. Large, tear-drop headlights above
the bumper are matched in shape by fog lights below. The
deep, two-tone underbody offers generous ground clearance, and the
silver underbody panel visible at the front smoothes the vehicle's
aerodynamics and provides reassuring under-floor protection.
Longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, with the same 2700
mm wheelbase, the New Generation Santa Fe has a stronger
presence. The conventional two-box SUV architecture is
spaciously accommodating but, more than that, the new body shape
also suggests great strength, with an imposing front-end and
muscular upper flanks. The vehicle's profile is complemented
by the dark chrome finish of the alloy wheels - now offered as
factory equipment up to 19-inch in diameter, for the first time on
a Hyundai SUV. The deep doors cover the side sills, ensuring
the sills stay clean and that dirt is not transferred to occupants'
clothes on entry or exit.
A dynamic stance is achieved by the lowered roofline, swept-back
windshield, upswept lower edges to the rear side windows, and
rakish rear windshield angle.
A sharp crease in the new Santa Fe's side panels sweeps along
the car from the front wheel arches to the trunk, setting the level
of the front and rear door handles and sharply defining the upper
edge of the wrap-around tail-lamps. Above the lamps, the rear
windshield is set beneath a small roof-level spoiler, further
enhancing the dynamic stance of the new Santa Fe. Twin
tailpipes and a hexagonal mesh set into the lower sections of the
front and rear bumpers, add a sporty finishing touch.
Both the front and rear wheel arches are deep-set, so that the
tyres are visible almost to their uppermost edges, the swelling of
the bodywork over the wheels adding to the car's muscular sense of
3. COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
New features and intelligent technology enhance
New Generation Santa Fe will come with a host of intelligent
features that enhance the comfort and convenience of driver and
passengers, providing a stress-free experience for all occupants.
To improve the driving experience, Hyundai has fitted the
third-generation Santa Fe with driver aids, such as
radar-controlled, adaptive cruise control. Light- and
rain-detecting lights and wipers, which turn on when the conditions
require, allow the driver to concentrate fully on the road
New Generation Santa Fe will be fitted with the Smart Parking
Assist System to help drivers access even the tightest of
To improve comfort, the front seats are electronically powered
and the driver's seat has a memory function to adapt to different
drivers' preferred positions. The second row of seats slides
and folds with a one-touch control, giving passengers quick and
easy access to the optional third-row seats (where fitted).
Front- and second-row legroom have been increased - by 38mm and
45mm respectively - over the last-generation car, while a long,
wide, single-frame panoramic sunroof allows high levels of natural
light into the cabin. Luggage space in the trunk has been
increased by 37mm in depth over the previous generation model,
yielding a class-best luggage capacity of 534 litres with the front
five seats upright.
When reversing, the tailgate-mounted camera automatically
displays a clear, convex view of the area behind the car on the
7-inch screen. The wide-angle view is low enough to enable
the driver to avoid low obstacles and small pedestrians.
An optional 220 Volt power socket can provide direct power to
appliances including laptops, printers and vacuum cleaners.
Located in the trunk, the socket can power equipment rated up to
200 Watts without a specific invertor.
The new Santa Fe also has intelligent design features such as
puddle lamps fitted within the exterior mirrors to illuminate the
ground alongside the vehicle, and privacy glass for comfort and
Three power units offer robust output and improved
The New Generation Santa Fe's powertrain line-up has been
developed to suit the demands of European customers, with three
engines at launch covering 80% of demand in the region's D-SUV
segment. Delivering a broad spread of power and torque, the
three engines offer drivers performance across multiple terrains,
without compromising class-leading fuel efficiency and
The powertrain line-up features one petrol and two diesel
engines, with outputs between 150ps and 200ps. All of these
engines combine excellent power with improved efficiency and
class-leading emissions figures.
The range-topping diesel engine remains Hyundai's 2,2-litre 'R'
diesel engine featuring a variable geometry turbo (VGT). This
all-aluminium, powerplant generates 200ps and 431Nm of torque, and
Hyundai's engineers have reduced the CO2 emissions
to 145 g/km - among the lowest in the segment.
With this powerful engine, the new Santa Fe delivers strong
performance, accelerating from 0 to 100 kph in 9,4 seconds (manual
Hyundai will also offer a smaller, 2,0-litre 'R' diesel engine
with VGT which completes the diesel line-up. Developing 150ps
and delivering 382Nm of torque, this refined powerplant emits just
155g/km of CO2emissions when applied to the Santa
Thanks to the variable geometry turbocharger fitted to both
diesel engines, New Generation Santa Fe offers 100% of torque from
low revs - just 2.000 rpm - which makes the car well suited to both
off-road terrains and dynamic on-road driving.
A 'Theta II' 2,4-litre GDI engine will offer European customers
a petrol alternative. Its maximum power (193ps) and modest
CO2 emissions of 197 g/km again set the New
Generation Santa Fe apart as a segment leader.
Six-speed transmissions to optimize performance and
New Generation Santa Fe is available with six-speed manual and
six-speed automatic transmissions, which have been tuned to suit
the power delivery of the three-strong engine line-up.
The 'Theta II' 2,4-litre GDI petrol and 2,2-litre 'R' VGT diesel
engine are available with either the manual or automatic
transmission. The 2,0-litre 'R' VGT engine is fitted with the
six-speed manual as standard.
The six-speed transmissions feature high top-gear ratios and
were chosen to reduce fuel consumption and lower
CO2 emissions when cruising at speed, while also
enabling drivers to fully exploit the available performance on road
or over rougher terrain.
The automatic transmission features two operating modes - fully
automatic or 'Sport'. For city driving, fully automatic mode
is ideal, while 'Sport' mode allows for clutch-less manual
sequential gear changes for greater driver involvement.
Although this transmission is a regular 'torque converter'
automatic, it incorporates a unique 'flat' torque converter and an
innovative layout makes it the most compact six-speed unit
currently available anywhere in the world - weighing 12 kilos less
and can boost fuel economy by up to 12%, compared to a conventional
When the 2WD 2,2-litre 'R' VGT diesel engine is mated to the
six-speed manual transmission, it emits just 145 g/km of
6. RUNNING GEAR
Car-like responsiveness with retained off-road
The New Generation Santa Fe offers impressive road holding, as
well as genuine comfort on-road and off-road, providing a car-like
ride in normal driving conditions but switching automatically to
four-wheel-drive whenever it is needed.
Hyundai's FLEX STEER system is fitted to an SUV for the first
time, providing three different settings for the steering to match
customer preference and driving requirement. The selected
mode - normal, sport and comfort - is displayed on the 4,2-inch LCD
screen integrated into the instrument cluster.
The new Santa Fe's suspension has been precisely calibrated to
provide a well damped ride and reassuring responsiveness to driver
inputs. The MacPherson strut front suspension uses reverse
L-shaped lower arms for accurate camber control and steering
sensitivity. The front subframe mounting bushes are
calibrated to reduce unwanted vibrations, while preserving a
confidence-inspiring connection with the road surface.
Multi-link suspension is employed at the rear, with the trailing
arm connected to a chassis cross-member to ensure optimum ride
refinement without intruding on the trunk space.
Self-leveling rear suspension is fitted as standard,
preserving ride refinement and balanced handling even when carrying
a full complement of passengers or a heavy cargo load.
All-wheel-drive is delivered by an on-demand system which
overrides the usual front-wheel-drive only when truly necessary.
When sensors detect a loss of grip at the front wheels, power
is automatically redistributed between the front and rear axles.
The default power distribution is 100% to the front wheels,
with automatic and continuous variation when slippery conditions
are encountered up to 50% front / 50% rear.
For especially slippery conditions, such as muddy off-roading or
driving on snow or ice, four-wheel-drive can be selected with the
push of the 'lock' button, delivering a 50/50 power split at speeds
up to 40kph.
Supplementing the high levels of traction and grip, New
Generation Santa Fe is equipped with ABS (anti-lock braking), ESP
(electronic stability programme), VSM (vehicle stability
management), DBC (downhill brake control), plus hill-holding and
HAC (hill-assist control).
Maximum towing capacity (for a fully laden vehicle) with a
braked trailer is 2500 kg (manual transmission).
On-road refinement, plus robust off-road
In creating the New Generation Santa Fe, Hyundai has retained
the car's SUV heritage, but has also improved its on-road
A front subframe, which supports the engine, transmission and
suspension, is mounted using specially designed bushes to minimise
unwanted noise and vibrations reaching the cabin, while allowing
the steering to provide excellent feedback to the driver in all
The all-new bodyshell of the third-generation Santa Fe uses the
same technologies that were incorporated into the i40, which won
the Euro Car Body award in 2011. A complex mixture of
lightweight, high-strength steel and aluminium components increases
bending strength and torsional rigidity compared to the previous
model. The steel is sourced from the company's own plant -
Hyundai Steel -in Korea.
Hyundai has optimised the powertrains in the third-generation
Santa Fe to be as refined as possible, using lighter materials,
damped engine mounts and increased levels of sound insulation to
create a quiet, cosseting interior.
These measures combine to reduce the NVH compared to the
previous generation vehicle, making it a comfortable environment in
which to travel - on or off road.
New features provide highest levels of occupant safety -
and a first for pedestrian protection
In line with the rest of Hyundai's European vehicle range, the
New Generation Santa Fe will feature high-tech active and passive
safety features to ensure exceptional occupant safety and improved
protection for pedestrians.
Active safety systems give Santa Fe drivers the best chance of
avoiding an accident. These include ABS (anti-lock braking
system), ESP (electronic stability programme), VSM (vehicle
stability management), DBC (downhill brake control) and a
A lane-departure warning system alerts the driver should the car
drift into the adjacent lane without the side indicator being
activated. An audible chime is sounded in the cabin, to draw
attention to the situation.
An automatic cruise control system uses radar to monitor traffic
ahead and ensure that Santa Fe will not get too close to the car in
front. This increases convenience for the driver and also
reduces the chance of a collision.
Good driver visibility is a key factor for safety, and the New
Generation Santa Fe has several features that enhance day and night
time vision. HID Xenon headlights offer high-intensity,
far-reaching illumination of the road ahead, giving the driver the
best possible vision. To further aid vision and safety, the
headlights switch on automatically if conditions require
them, and daytime running lights are fitted
In terms of passive safety, the New Generation Santa Fe is built
using a lightweight, high-tensile steel and aluminium structure
which provides excellent bodyshell rigidity and strength,
protecting occupants in the event of a collision.
New Generation Santa Fe is fitted with seven airbags as
standard, including driver, passenger, side, curtain and driver's
knee units, providing exceptional levels of safety to buyers across
With pedestrians in mind, Hyundai has equipped the new model
with an active hood - the first such application in a Hyundai, and
an important contributor to greater pedestrian safety in the event
of a collision. Upon impact, the hood rises to reduce the
force of the collision and, thus, reduce the risk of injury.
These features ensure new Santa Fe has outstanding levels of
safety, and reinforce Hyundai's commitment to providing its
customers with class-leading cars in this crucial area. It is
expected that, in line with recent Hyundai models, the New
Generation Santa Fe will attain a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
- even meeting the demands of the new, more rigorous 2012 test