Hyundai’s flagship Crossover SUV, the 2013 Santa Fe Fluidic, will be unwrapped at the 2012 New York Motor Show in April. But before all that happens, Hyundai has already given us a glimpse of the latest iteration of the Fluidic design on the Santa Fe, called the Storm Edge. Images of the 2013 Santa Fe were also leaked sometime ago but now we have brand new details surrounding the Santa Fe, particularly of the engine that this crossover could come with. The 2013 Santa Fe Fluidic could have a top of the line diesel version producing 225 Bhp of peak power and a mammoth 500 Nm of peak torque.
All this power and torque is said to be produced by the same 2.2 Liter Gamma common rail turbo diesel engine, albeit with a twin turbo. This engine with a single variable geometry turbocharger is currently available with 197 Bhp of peak power and 420 Nm of peak torque. Apart from the big bump up in power and torque, the 2013 Santa Fe with the 2.2 Liter twin turbo engine also cuts down on tail pipe emissions with both CO2 and Nitrogen oxide(NOX) levels going down.
Since the Santa Fe is already assembled in India through CKD kits at Hyundai’s Chennai factory, expect to see the Fluidic version of the 2013 Santa Fe bowing in sometime at the end of this year or early next year. Hyundai India has always been giving India the latest of its engines and in that vein, expect the top of the line diesel engine to make it to the Indian market as well.
If that happens, the 2013 Santa Fe Fluidic will be the most powerful luxury SUV in its class, besting the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the upcoming Chevrolet Captiva SUVs by a fair margin. Apart from the new design philosophy, one big change in the 2013 Santa Fe Crossover could be that of Hyundai dumping the seven seat layout to adopt a 5 seat layout. This could be due to the fact that the 2013 Santa Fe now comes with a sharply raked window line making the third window almost a non entity in the new Fluidic design. We’ll have confirmation of all this and then some more, barely a month later, at New York. Watch this space.