Hyundai has launched the new Santa Fe at the Auto Expo 2014 being held at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida near Delhi. This is the third-generation Santa Fe and the second for the Indian market. The SUV retails for Rs 26.3 lakh (2WD MT), Rs 27.33 lakh (2WD AT) and Rs 29.25 lakh (4WD AT), ex-showroom, Delhi.
The new Santa Fe is powered by the 2.2-litre Diesel engine, which has been tweaked from the previous generation. The engine produces 194 bhp of power and comes with manual and automatic transmission options. ARAI figures for manual transmission are 14.7 kmpl for MT and 13.1 kmpl for AT. The Santa Fe gets a new broad front grille with LED and Xenon lights and even the rear gets LED. It gets smart key entry and SL touchscreen infotainment system. The SUV has three rows of seating for seven people and the front row is electrically adjustable. The second row has a 40:20:40 split and the third row is 50:50. It has features such as rain sensors, rear manual curtain, cruise control, reverse parking camera. For safety, it has ESP, six airbags, brake assist and hill start control as well. It also gets steer flex system which makes it easier to steer. On the inside, Santa Fe has fluidic design based interiors entangled in beige color theme. It features sophisticated features such as GPS device, leather seats, sunroof, engine start-stop button and more. Hyundai has extended the SUV's wheelbase by 90 mm, thus offering a spacious cabin and enabling three passengers to sit comfortably in the last row, claims the company. It will be pitted against Toyota Fortuner, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Nissan X-Trail and Ssangyong RX7.