Hyundai launches 2013 Santa Fe Crossover in South Africa; India launch next?
Hyundai has just launched the Santa Fe Crossover in South Africa. The Santa Fe launched in South Africa is available in 5 seat and 7 seat models. The all new crossover, which is based on Hyundai’s new Storm Edge design philosophy(the Fluidic design adapted to SUVs), is a looker of sorts. The SUV looks less butch than before with the new styling giving it a much more contemporary look. Size wise, the 2013 Santa Fe has grown bigger than the outgoing model and this increase in overall size means that the SUV is more spacious than before.
The crossover sold in South Africa comes with a 2.2 Liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine as standard and this engine powers all the variants of this crossover. This engine produces a peak power of 194 Bhp delivered at 3,800 rpm while peak torque is rated at 436 Nm, churned out between 1,800 and 2,500 rpm. These figures make the Santa Fe one of the most powerful SUVs in the luxury SUV segment populated by the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, the Mistubishi Pajero Sport and the Chevrolet Captiva. This engine is mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission as standard. The Santa Fe sold in South Africa is available in front wheel drive and all wheel drive versions.
Hyundai claims a fuel economy figure of 12.5 Kmpl for the FWD variant and 12 Kmpl for the all wheel drive version. The South Africa-spec Santa Fe, which is available in three variants, gets three alloy wheel sized, 17 inchers, 18 inchers and 19 inchers, depending on the variant chosen. Later this year, Hyundai is expected to launch the Santa Fe in India as well. Expect the India-spec Santa Fe to retain the 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine and the 6 speed automatic transmission combo. Hyundai India is expected to bring the Santa Fe through the Completely Knocked Down(CKD) route.
In South Africa, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover’s prices begin at South African Rand 434,900 for the base FWD 5 seater variant while the top end AWD 7 seater variant is priced at South African Rand 499,000. In comparison with the Ssangyong Rexton W SUV(priced between South African Rand 350,000 to 390,000), which is also sold in South Africa, the Santa Fe is about 20% pricier. So, expect the Santa Fe to cost well above INR 20 lakhs in India, as and when Hyundai India decides to launch this crossover in the country.