For SUV-savvy Indian motorists, here is some good news from Hyundai Motors India. The Korean auto mobile giant is set to launch its much awaited and projected Santa Fe in the first quarter of 2014. The groundwork is almost done with several testing of this vehicle already doing rounds on Indian roads, though company is quite tight lipped about it! The reason behind delayed launching is still under wraps but the automobile giant has already brought it on Indian shores. This car will compete with SUV players like Toyota Fortuner and Rexton who are ruling the roost in this segment. Carrying forward Hyundai’s fluidic design concept, it has slightly more precision and charm than its forerunners. For other features, read on.
Hyundai is quite apprehensive to price this premium SUV in a customer friendly bracket to stay in competition. As such, it is contemplating a price tag of Rs. 26-30 lakhs for Santa Fe.
Hyundai Motors India Limited is the Indian subsidiary of Hyundai Motors, Korea. Since its introduction in Indian market, it has garnered humongous reception from Indian car buyers due to the design, technology, and most importantly the excellent after sales offered by the company.
Hyundai Santa Fe will be armored with the same engine that is installed in all Hyundai current generation four wheelers. This 2.2 litre CRDi diesel engine will give a power output of 194.3 BHP @ 3800 rpm with maximum torque of 421 Nm @ 1800-2500 rpm. However, the torque gets banged to 437 Nm @ 1800-2500 rpm in case of 6-speed automatic transmission. This 2199 cc engine is expected to render a fuel economy around 10.8 kmpl.
With new platform comes this artistically muscular car built with dimensions of 4690x 1880x 1690 mm. This 7- seater SUV has sufficient boot space for comfortable ride. It has increased 40×5 mm in measurements with 45mm lower roofline.
Hyundai has perhaps the most aesthetic design concepts imbibed into its cars. The moment you enter Santa Fe, this point gets proven. Within an adequate cabin space, you will find extremely comfortable seats with a 7-inchTFT LCD touch screen, GPS navigation, self leveling suspension, central locking with keyless entry and push start, Hill assist system, amazing dash board, premium quality materials, power steering with remote audio controls, sunroof, reverse parking camera, tire pressure monitoring system, and many latest infotainment as well as information gizmos.
With inspirational fluidic design, this SUV is also quite probable to attract a major chunk of SUV lovers. The trapezoidal front grille with sparkling chrome finish is surely a heart stealer along with roof spoiler, dual tail pipes, hexagonal mesh, rear skid plate, 18- inch alloy wheels, day time working LED lamps, Xenon headlamps, great aerodynamics, and powerful fog lamps. Hyundai’s design engineering has adorned Santa Fe with an effervescent sporty feel, swish cuts at tail gate and side panels which are quite eye catching.
With an effective Ground clearance of 200 mm, ABS, EPS, EBD, front McPherson Strut and rear Multi link type suspensions, it gives a stunning driving experience. The performance is rock solid with four wheel drive facilitated by traction control and manual select option. This makes it a great highway car in which you can enjoy an effortless drive.
With loads of features, Hyundai’s brand name, excellent after sales services, gaping interiors, and an aggressive pricing, Hyundai Santa Fe is eyeing this ever expanding SUV market in India though the road is not that easy for it. Like many of the earlier launches, whether this one is also going to be a runaway success for Hyundai, only the time will tell. Till then, our wait is on!