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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: New York Auto Show


author photo by Nick Palermo April 2012
  • Two-row, five-passenger Sport and three-row, seven-passenger long-wheelbase variants
  • Hyundai's signature "fluidic sculpture" exterior design
  • Three fuel-efficient direct-injection engines


Journalists and photographers covering the unveiling of the completely redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe at the New York Auto Show were surprised by a second debut. A long-wheelbase version of the crossover also rolled onto the stage to accompany the shorter Sport model.

Hyundai will bring the four-cylinder, five-passenger Sport model to market first, with the first models reaching dealers in August. The V6-powered long-wheelbase Santa Fe will arrive early next year with three-row seating and space for seven passengers.

Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design language finally reaches the Santa Fe in the new model. A hexagonal grille, rising beltline and a wave-like body crease above the rear fender evoke the brand's signature style. The rear-most side glass differentiates the short and long Santa Fe variants - the Sport model has smaller glass with sharper angles, while the three-row model uses a larger and more rectangular light.

Hyundai offers a choice of four-cylinder engines in the Sport, both with fuel-efficient direct injection. The base engine is a 2.4-liter unit with an estimated 190 horsepower. Hyundai expects highway fuel economy to be 33 mpg. An optional 2-liter turbocharged motor makes an estimated 264 hp. Hyundai estimates it will deliver 31 mpg highway in the front-wheel drive Sport.

The long-wheelbase Santa Fe gets a standard direct-injection 290-hp V6. Hyundai expects 26 mpg highway from the larger crossover.

Both short and long versions use a standard six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional and now includes torque vectoring and torque braking integrated into the vehicle's stability control program.

Pricing and trim packages haven't been announced yet, but Hyundai promises plenty of standard and available features to complement the vehicles' relatively spacious cabins. Heated seats and steering wheel; dual-zone climate control; standard Blue Link entertainment and navigation systems; and a panoramic sunroof are all on the equipment list. When pricing becomes available, we'll see how both new Santa Fe models stack up to their competition.

What it means to you: Hyundai's next Santa Fe will come in two sizes: a sportier five-passenger variant and a long-wheelbase model that accommodates seven.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: New York Auto Show - Autotrader