Later this year, Hyundai India will replace its flagship SUV, the Santa Fe, with an all new model. The next generation 2013 version of the Santa Fe SUV has been spotted testing at Chennai, a city that plays host to Hyundai’s Indian factory. The 2013 Santa Fe crossover has already gone on sale in many parts of the world and the testing in India indicates that the SUV will be launched in the Indian market in the next few months. The 2013 Santa Fe that’ll be launched in India is expected to continue in diesel-only guise whereas this crossover is also available with petrol engine options internationally.
The 2013 Santa Fe headed to India jumps on the Fluidic design philosophy. On the Santa Fe though, Hyundai has tweaked the Fluidic design philosophy, to result in the Storm Edge theme. The Storm Edge design treatment endows the Santa Fe with sharp looks on the outside, a welcome change from the staid lines of the previous generation model. The insides of this crossover also feature a major revamp. The Santa Fe to be sold in India will be the short wheelbase version that’ll have seven seats squeezed into it to provide seating for 7 adults.
That said, Hyundai does sell a long wheelbase version of the Santa Fe in select international markets, under the Grand Santa Fe badge. The Indian version of the 2013 Santa Fe will be diesel powered. The 2.2 Liter R-Diesel common rail turbo diesel engine producing 197 Bhp of peak power and 422 Nm of peak torque is expected to be the standard engine across all 2013 Santa Fe models sold in the Indian car market. Considering that the best selling luxury SUV in India, the Toyota Fortuner, is available with two wheel drive and all wheel drive models, Hyundai could sell the 2013 Santa Fe with these very options.
Also, both manual and automatic 6 speed gearboxes will be offered on the 2013 Santa Fe. As is the case with the current generation model, the new 2013 Santa Fe is expected to continue using the CBU route. That said, Hyundai would consider CKD assembly of the Santa Fe once volumes hit about 150 units a month, a figure that the South Korean car maker needs to manage for CKD assembly to be feasible. Expect the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe to be launched in India by the middle of 2013, at a price a little over INR 20 lakhs.
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