The third generation of crossover Hyundai Santa Fe will be released with versions for five, six and seven passengers, three types of engines and models in front-wheel drive and four-wheel, all with high levels of good design, technology and excellent price / value that has put the Korean company as one of the most successful in the automotive industry in recent years.
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Less weight, more efficiency, luxury and technology
Hyundai will offer the new Santa Fe Sport with options for four-cylinder 2.4-liter that generates 190 horsepower and has a yield of 22 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving and 33 on the road or turbo charged four-cylinder 2.0 liter engine that produces 264 horsepower, with a yield of gasoline of 21 mpg city and 31 highway.
For the first quarter of 2013, Hyundai will add a version of three rows of seats – which replaces the Veracruz discontinued, and will be equipped with the V6 3.3-liter engine with 294 horsepower and gas mileage of 19 miles per gallon city and 26 highway.
All engines have the Hyundai technology of gasoline direct injection (GDI) and efficiency in fuel consumption benefits from an incredible weight reduction compared to the previous generation, in the case of the Santa Fe Sport is 266 pounds for a total of 3.869 pounds, which is even less than the 4,185 pounds of the Ford Escape 4,185, which is considered a sub compact model.
In the case of the Santa Fe more wheelbase and three rows of seats, reducing weight is 333 pounds, compared with the Veracruz, which was discontinued in 2013.
New automatic transmission
All engines are coupled to the automatic transmission of six changes to the Hyundai SHIFTRONIC® system that allows manual shifting through the lever on the center console and was recalibrated to provide more precise changes and benefits from a system that keeps the temperature transmission oil at the ideal temperature more efficient management.
As an additional aid to fuel economy, Hyundai Santa Fe all have the Active ECO technology that automatically adjusts the performance of the engine and transmission to regulate the acceleration and speed changes at all times.
All models have the option of system four-wheel drive AWD Active Cornering Control that not only distributes torque to both axles but also adjusts the distribution of power to each wheel to provide greater stability in cuervas.
The security system is complemented by a total of seven airbags, including one to protect the driver’s knees, another factor that puts the Hyundai Santa Fe above the competition segment that stand out among others the Toyota RAV4, Chevy Equinox, Kia Sorrento and even the sub compact Ford Escape, in the case of the Santa Fe Sport.
For Santa Fe with three rows of seats, the competition includes models such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer, all of which are below in items such as gasoline yield, load capacity, interior space for passengers and braking.
Following the trend of simplification of variants in its model line, Hyundai will offer the Santa Fe 2013 in 24 possible combinations, depending on the combination of naturally aspirated or turbo and front- or all-wheel for the Santa Fe Sport and front-wheel drive or four wheels for the model with three rows of seats.
And to keep in line with his philosophy of the highest level of value for the price, the price range of the Santa Fe starts at $ 24.450 and goes up to $ 34.800, another large advantage over the competition in the segment of corssovers and Midsized SUV .
Design and technology
The new Santa Fe 2013 follows the philosophy of exterior and interior design of Hyundai called “Fluidic Sculpture”, which has had excellent levels of acceptance in other models like the Sonata, the Azera 2012 and the Accent, with curved lines from the grille, front and rear, to the side panels and hood, which give an image of motion even when the vehicle is stationary lights.
Among the long list of optional equipment, the panoramic sunroof, two rows of seats and heated steering wheel, meshes privacy rear windows, front seats of variables with lumbar support, second-row sliding seats with seat backs that fold stands in three positions (40:20:40), security technology Hyundai Blue Link, a screen of 4.3 inches for audio systems and camera support for reverse parking maneuvers, the third generation of GPS navigation system with eight-inch screen and an audio system Infinity Logic 7® Surround with 12 speakers and 550 watts of power.
The “Fluid Design” concept also includes items such as grille and handles chrome doors, turn lights on mirrors, plus 19-inch wheels and dual exhaust also chrome, which is standard equipment in Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.
In the cabin, the 2013 Santa Fe has more space for passengers and cargo – including a hidden compartment in the rear-end compared with models like the Toyota Rav 4 and the Ford Edge, in the case of the Santa Fe Sport and more space for passengers in the second row in the model of six or seven seats, compared with the Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse.
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