Hyundai rolled out its redesigned 2013 Santa Fe Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show. The new Santa Fe is the latest model to receive Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture” styling, which is now common on most of the automakers vehicles, including the 2012 Azera, Sonata and the smaller Tucson SUV.
Two versions of the 2013 Santa Fe will be offered: a five-passenger version called the Santa Fe Sport will replace the outgoing 2012 model, as well as a new, long-wheelbase Santa Fe, which can seat up to seven passengers in three rows. In a press release, Hyundai says that with the exception of the side window design, both models feature very similar styling.
The Santa Fe’s changes for 2013 also include new engines. “The basic Santa Fe Sport gets Hyundai’s 190-hp, 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder, and a 264-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four is offered as an option,” writes Car and Driver. “Both engines are from the Sonata inventory, and they replace the previous 175-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder base engine and an optional 276-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Both engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions and both are expected to generate improved highway mpg numbers—33 for the 2.4-liter, 31 for the 2.0 turbo. And as before, all-wheel drive is an option.”
The EPA has yet to confirm these numbers, but the Santa Fe Sport will compete with new compact SUVs like the 2013 Mazda CX-5, which gets an estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive. The three-row Santa Fe will get a different engine than its shorter sibling. A 290-horsepower, 3.3-liter V6 from the redesigned Azera will be the only engine offered. Hyundai predicts it will achieve 19/26 mpg city/highway.
The new, three-row Santa Fe is also set to replace the Hyundai Veracruz. Hyundai Motor America President and CEO, John Krafcik, told Autoblog, “The Veracruz is going away. It ends production around November.” Autoblog says that the change makes sense from a production standpoint. The Veracruz has never been a strong seller, and producing two versions of the same model will be more efficient.
Inside, both models have standard features that include a redesigned dashboard, seven airbags and a six-speaker stereo with USB/iPod connectivity. Also included is a one-year subscription to Hyundai’s Blue Link system, which can reduce distracted driving with features like voice text messaging and turn-by-turn navigation.
Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing for the 2013 Santa Fe or Santa Fe Sport yet, but the 2012 Santa Fe starts at $23,225, and the 2012 Veracruz starts at $28,345. Hyundai says the 2013 Santa Fe Sport will hit dealerships late this summer, while the LWB Santa Fe will arrive in January 2013.
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