Hyundai Santa Fe is the SUV launched by Hyundai which has a good run in India. The company surely knows the Indian market as it has launched its cars in every segment. From hatchbacks to compact cars and from sedans to SUV’s, they have got it all. With Hyundai’s Santa Fe 4X4 SUV, which is packed with superior and incredible features, the company could not really lure as many buyers as they expected from it. Now, the company is expected to launch the Hyundai Santa Fe New with modern design inspired from their patented fluidic sculpture. The company has already launched this vehicle outside India. However it is still unclear about its launch in India, as it is still under wraps.
This SUV is said to come with a 2.2-litre, 2199cc, CRDi (Common Rail Direct Injection) diesel engine with 4-cylinders and 16-valves keeping it same as its current model. Since it is one of the most powerful SUVs in its segment, the company has decided not to alter its engine. It is also equipped with DOHC (Double Over Head Camshaft) that offers clear emission and better torque outputs. The current Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi engine comes with 6-speed manual and automatic transmission. Now the question remains whether the new Santa Fe will offer similar options as well or not. Another feature which will take the luxuries and the comfort to the next level could be the addition of the automatic panoramic sunroof, which has been installed in the Santa Fe new version launched abroad. Taking the security and the safety of the passengers into consideration, the Hyundai Santa Fe new might come with features like the downhill brake assist and tyre pressure monitor system for a smoother and safer drive.
One good thing about Hyundai is that they always give in their best efforts to make their latest models look better than the older versions. The current Santa Fe has an aerodynamic structure, which is also best known as ‘Storm Edge’ by the company. This will most likely be seen in the Hyundai Santa Fe new in India as well because it already represents the Third-Generation concept. The current Santa Fe has a very strong and muscular body which looks sporty and luxurious at the same time, making it a good looking SUV in its segment as far as the Indian consumers are concerned. The current model in India has very stylish headlamps whereas the new Santa Fe launched abroad comes with the latest LED headlamps providing crystal clear visibility. This is most likely to be used in the Indian model as well. The cabin of the new Santa Fe seems bigger and broader as compared to the current version. The chrome finished front grille and the stylish 19 inch alloy wheels add to the enhanced and modernized looks.
The Hyundai Santa Fe New is expected to be equipped with really advanced and stylish interiors. As the current Santa Fe has a luxurious leather covered steering wheel, the upcoming model is also expected to have the same with an additional feature of 3 different kind of modes, which will include Comfort, Normal and Sports. The overall interiors of this new version seems more luxurious and comfortable with a beautiful dashboard extended till the front door panels . The three row air conditioning system will be really effective in beating extreme summer heat. The dual toned interior gives a perfect contrast for a luxurious and royal feel. The enlarged cabin size will provide spacious leg room as well as boot space to comfortably carry entire luggage for long drives.
Engine and Performance:
This Hyundai Santa Fe New will most likely use the same engine as that of the current version, which is the 2.2-litre, 2199cc, CRDi diesel engine with 4-cylinders and 16-valves . The current version comes with a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission , which makes one believe that the upcoming model will be equipped with the same transmission. The 4WD button on the dashboard enables the four-wheel-drive from stationary, but once the car reaches a speed of 40kmph the system automatically changes to 2WD.
Braking and Handling:
This new version is expected to provide a much more comfortable and smooth driving experience because of its upgraded braking and suspension system. It is said to be equipped with a well-balanced system, which will enable the driver to experience a smooth drive. While driving under harsh conditions like slippery roads and sharp curves, the enhanced ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake-Force Distribution) systems will provide greater stability . Features like downhill brake assist and tyre pressure monitor system will be ideal for a smoother and comfortable drive.
This upcoming SUV is designed for the complete safety of the passengers as well as the driver. It will come with a rear view camera to assist the driver while reversing the SUV. Another feature which adds on to the safety of the occupants are the seven airbags including a new driver’s knee unit, which will provide cushion during a collision thereby reducing the impact and avoiding any major injuries.
This new version is expected to come with quite a few comfort features. Its bigger cabin size will provide enough boot space to carry a lot of luggage comfortably. The it is said to have soft cushioned leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity that will enable the driver to take calls and even browse through the music while driving . Other features like three row air conditioning system with automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, integrated window blinds, cruise control and remote keyless entry add on to the luxuries thereby making it a really comfortable SUV.
Pros : Powerful engine, stylish interiors, appealing exteriors.
Cons : Price tag, not many upgrades.