2012 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW: HYUNDAI SANTA FE

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TWO ALL-NEW 2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE MODELS MAKE WORLD DEBUTS AT 2012 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

All-New Santa Fe Lineup Defies the Status Quo and Reinvents the CUV Landscape with “Fluidic Sculpture” Design, Sophisticated Engineering and Efficient Powertrains

New York Auto Show 2012 Hyundai

First Non-Luxury CUV with Torque-Vectoring Cornering Control and Driver Selectable Steering for Outstanding Driving Dynamics

NEW YORK, April 4, 2012– Designed to delight shoppers and defy convention, two all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe models make their world debut today at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The third-generation Santa Fe crossover family introduces the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport and the long wheelbase (LWB) three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe.

The all-new Santa Fe family showcases the brand’s cutting-edge capabilities through “Fluidic Sculpture” design, impressive fuel economy and a host of features to delight drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality and comfort. The all-new 2013 Santa Fe Sport will go on-sale late this summer, with the larger Santa Fe introduced to dealers in January 2013.

Hyundai Santa-Fe

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2013 SANTA FE LINEUP

  • First non-luxury CUV Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) combines with Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) for outstanding CUV driving dynamics
  • All-new crossover architecture developed for families
  • Third-generation crossover introduces two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and larger three-row, seven-passenger LWB Santa Fe
  • “Fluidic Sculpture” exterior design
  • All four-cylinder engine lineup for the Santa Fe Sport
  • Theta II 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine
  • 190 horsepower (estimated) with improved fuel economy and acceleration
  • Highest highway fuel economy (33 mpg estimated) of any CUV/SUV equipped with an automatic transmission
  • High-output Theta II 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine
  • 264 horsepower (estimated) with excellent fuel economy and best-in-class power-to-weight ratio
  • Highway fuel economy estimated at 31 mpg (FWD A/T)
  • In-house six-speed automatic transmission
  • Seven standard airbags
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated rear seats and heated steering wheel
  • Power driver and front passenger seats
  • Sliding second row seating with 40:20:40 folding seat back and cargo area release
  • Standard Blue Link – safety, service and infotainment telematics system
  • Third generation navigation and audio multimedia systems with an available eight-inch display
  • Intelligent Active All-Wheel Drive

HIGHLIGHTS UNIQUE TO THE 2013 LWB SANTA FE

  • Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine with 290 horsepower powers LWB Santa Fe
  • LWB Santa Fe is the only midsize CUV with a standard direct injection V6 engine
  • Blind spot detection   (LWB Santa Fe only)
Engine Length Passenger Passenger Volume Total Interior Volume
Santa Fe Sport 2.4L2.0L SWB 5 108.0   cu. ft. 143 cu.   ft.
Santa Fe 3.3L LWB 7 146.6   cu. ft. 160 cu.   ft..

The all-new Santa Fe Sport and LWB Santa Fe are the final pieces in Hyundai’s 7/11 product initiative (seven new or redesigned models in 11 months in the 2012 calendar year). The first three vehicles in the initiative were Azera, Veloster Turbo and refreshed Genesis Coupe. The fourth and fifth vehicles were Elantra GT and Elantra Coupe. All feature outstanding fuel economy, significant lightweighting actions, and Hyundai’s signature “Fluidic Sculpture” design language.

Hyundai Santa Fe New York Auto Show

NO LINES STANDING STILL

The “Fluidic Sculpture” exterior of the Santa Fe crossover family invokes the impression of irrepressible motion through a new design concept called Storm Edge, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. To create the illusion of constant motion, Hyundai designers use a three-bar hexagonal front grille, LED accents, low stance, rising beltline, black trimmed optional roof rails and wraparound taillights. These cues let people know immediately that Santa Fe is a Hyundai. Design elements also include standard chrome grille and door handle accents, bodycolor mirrors, rear spoiler, aggressive exhaust outlets as well as lower bumper, wheel arches and door trim in contrasting paints. In addition, 19-inch wheels are standard on Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.

Hyundai designers crafted Santa Fe Sport and LWB Santa Fe together, with the signature differentiating element being the side view daylight opening (side window shape) – the larger Santa Fe features a shape that highlights the increased passenger and cargo room behind the third row seat. Santa Fe also has its own bodyside character lines from the B-pillar back, grille design, 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips and a flush-mounted tow hitch design.

Both Santa Fe models feature the same flowing interior look, designed for passenger functionality and comfort. From the heated rear seats and available eight-way power driver seat, to a standard 40:20:40 folding rear seat back, both boast flexibility and a pleasant cabin for all. Also new for 2013 – and standard on all Santa Fe models with cloth seating – is a YES Essentials seat fabric treatment that provides soil-resistant, anti-odor and anti-static properties for added longevity and livability. Special care and attention went into other interior details, such as an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim. Available on 2.4-liter models and standard on Turbo and LWB models, is a push-button starter with proximity key and a Supervision Cluster with TFT LCD screen. A heated steering wheel and sliding second row seats are optional first-class touches on Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. The heated steering wheel is also optional on the LWB Santa Fe.

The three-row Santa Fe increases second-row legroom by 1.9 inches and cargo capacity 5.6 cubic feet and houses second-row HVAC controls and vents to increase family comfort, while also offering a standard 50:50 split folding third-row bench seat with 31.5 inches of legroom.

CHOICE OF THREE POWERFUL, FUEL EFFICIENT ENGINES

Santa Fe Sport buyers have the choice of a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI engine. Both engines have been well tested in the Hyundai Sonata and provide more than enough power for city or highway driving and have the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. With 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque (estimated), Santa Fe Sport 2.4 still manages outstanding fuel economy of 23 city and 33 highway (estimated). This powertrain truly combines power and fuel efficiency with refined driving dynamics. The higher output 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found under the hood of Santa Fe Sport 2.0T increases horsepower to 264 (estimated), while also delivering excellent fuel economy. The top-of-line LWB Santa Fe is powered by the highly acclaimed 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is also found in the Hyundai Azera.

LWB SANTA FE VERSUS ITS RIVALS

2012 LWB Santa Fe (est.) 2012 Highlander 2012 Pilot 2012 Sorento
V6 Engine 3.3L GDI 3.5L MPI 3.5L MPI 3.5L MPI
Horsepower 290 270 250 276
Base engine curb weight 3,861 4,045 4,299 3,977
Power to weight ratio 13.3 15.0 17.2 14.4
Fuel economy 19/26 18/24 18/25 20/26

THETA II GDI 2.4-LITER ENGINE

The Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a GDI fuel delivery system contributes to improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions in Santa Fe Sport. This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency.

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The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher-than-normal 11.3 compression ratio for increased power. When compared to naturally-aspirated engines, this power plant delivers best-in-class four-cylinder horsepower, best-in-class torque and best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. The high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing.

SANTA FE SPORT VERSUS ITS RIVALS

FWD Models 2013 Santa Fe Sport (est.) 2012 RAV4 2012 Equinox 2013 Edge 2012 Sorento
Engine 2.4-liter GDI I4 2.5-liter I4 2.4-liter GDI I4 2.0-liter GDI I4 2.4-liter GDI I-4
Horsepower 190 179 182 240 191
Specific output (HP/Liter) 79 72 76 120 80
Torque 181 172 172 253 181
Transmission 6-speed 4-speed 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed
Curb weight 3,459 3,360 3,777 3,998 3,845
Weight-to-power ratio 18.2 18.8 20.8 16.7 21.7
Fuel economy 23/33/26 22/28/24 22/32/26 21/30/24 22/32/25

2.0-LITER THETA II TURBOCHARGED ENGINE

The new Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is the first Hyundai crossover to have both GDI technology and a turbocharger. This option provides more horsepower than many of the V6 competitors, yet delivers gas mileage similar to competitive four-cylinder models.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine in the 2013 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T produces 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque with regular fuel. Hyundai’s 2.0-liter Theta turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the GDI system, results in instantaneous power delivery. The Ford Edge, like the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, uses a turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine. However, the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T has upped the ante with 26 more horsepower, a better power-to-weight ratio and higher fuel economy numbers.

SANTA FE SPORT 2.0T VERSUS FORD EDGE SE 2.0T

Santa Fe Sport (est.) Ford Edge SE 2.0T
OAL 184.6 184.2
Cargo volume behind second row (cu.   ft.) 35.4 32.2
Passenger volume (cu. ft.) 108.0 108.4
Fr (in.) 41.3 40.7
2nd (in.) 39.4 39.6
Horsepower 264 240
FWD A/T curb weight 3,602 3,998
Power to weight ratio 13.6 16.7
Estimated fuel economy 23/31/25 21/30/24
Maximum towing capacity 3,500 lbs. 2,000 lbs.