The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe was launched at the 2014 Auto Expo and is latest of the South Korean automaker’s model to embody the fluidic design philosophy. It gets a completely new appearance both inside and outside but retains the same mechanicals.
The Korean automaker’s flagship SUV gets a major makeover and is sculpted on the lines of their ‘Storm Edge’ design language, a slightly modified and butch-looking version of Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic’ theme.
The front features a new hexagonal grille and angular headlamps with matching fog lamps. The side profile houses a sharp crease which runs along the length of the SUV. This is complemented by the flared wheel arches as well as the large 17-inch alloy wheel.
At the back, the Santa Fe gets a much more aerodynamic design thanthe previous model and this is visible through the two piece tail lamps, roof mounted spoiler and chrome lines, all in a bid to give the SUV a premium appeal.
The interiors too have embodied the Fluidic design philosophy and share much of its design with the D-Segment Elantra sedan. It is characterised by beige upholstery and black/brown panels, blue back lighting and premium quality stalks and buttons. Also in the list of standard features is steering mounted controls, touch screen infotainment system and climate control. The Indian market only gets the five-seater version and the car is locally assembled at the South Korean automaker’s plant in Chennai.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine that produces 194bhp and 421Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed manual in the base 2WD variant while there is also a six-speed AT gearbox that is available in 2WD or 4WD variants.