Hyundai plans a 7 seat luxury crossover to sit above the all new 2013 Santa Fe SUV
South Korean automaker Hyundai is planning to launch a new flagship crossover that will take on the likes of the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes Benz M-Class. This crossover is expected to sit above the 2013 all new Santa Fe crossover, that Hyundai showcased a few months ago. while the Santa Fe will be available with two wheelbase variants, a shorter 5 seater and a longer 7 seater model, the new luxury crossover is expected to be bigger than the Santa Fe and will be capable of seating 7 adults. Given that it will be positioned as a luxury crossover, expect a range of safety and creature comforts.
The older Sante Fe crossover has been a big success for Hyundai in the United States and the new model based on the Fluidic design philosophy(Called the Storm Edge on the new Santa Fe) is expected to continue being a big seller. However, the larger 7 seat luxury crossover is another product that South Korean brand is actively looking at. Other details of this seven seat luxury crossover from Hyundai remains unknown at the moment, including a time frame in which it would be developed. The new crossover could however debut with a rear wheel drive layout.
That said, now that we know that Hyundai does have plans of a bigger crossover, we’ll keep our eyes peeled out for test mules. Coming to the 2013 Santa Fe Storm Edge, the 7 seater model is expected to be launched internationally by the end of this year. In India though, expect this crossover to replace the current model sometime in 2013, following the global launch. The car gets a reworked 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine and a 2 Liter R-Diesel engine. The more powerful 2.2 Liter, four cylinder turbo diesel engine will produce a peak power of 225 Bhp with peak torque rated at 500 Nm, making it one of the most powerful diesel engines unveiled by Hyundai.
The 2 Liter, R-Diesel engine pumps out 182 Bhp of peak power and 392 Nm of peak torque, mainly for the sake of higher fuel economy. This engine, packaged with a two wheel drive version the 2013 Santa Fe could be sold as an entry level variant. The 2013 Santa Fe gets brand new interiors, designed on the Fluidic theme along with a range of new features like automatic parking and LED front and rear lamps. Currently, the Santa Fe is assembled in India through completely knocked down(CKD) kits. Expect the new model to take the same route as well.