Hyundai Motor Company today staged a world premiere of the all-new Santa Fe at the 2012 New York International Auto Show which is being held all week at the New York Jacob Javits Convention Centre.
The all-new Santa Fe showcases the brand's cutting-edge capabilities through its "Fluidic Sculpture" design, impressive fuel economy and a host of features to delight drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality and comfort.
The exterior of the Santa Fe invokes the impression of irrepressible motion through its own design concept called Storm Edge, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. The futuristic and urban-style design, with its bold hexagonal front grille, lets people know immediately that Santa Fe is a Hyundai.
"The all-new Santa Fe looks spectacular and we cannot wait to have them available here for our customers" says Andy Sinclair, Hyundai New Zealand General Manager.
Hyundai believes the all-new Santa Fe will be a great answer to families that seek the size, flexibility and capability of a SUV. The all-new Santa Fe rides on a 2,700mm wheelbase, with an overall length of 4,690mm, height of 1,680mm, and width of 1,880mm, while lowered height and extended overhang gives it a sportier look. With its wider stance, the new Santa Fe offers more spacious cabin room as well. While both first row headroom and second row legroom are increased for more space, seating convenience is also improved by lowering hip point and ground clearance.
Hyundai also surprised media members and attendees in New York today by unveiling an extended version of the new Santa Fe at the end of the press conference, a long wheelbase three-row, seven-passenger model. This version, which will go on sale in the U.S. in January 2013, will have more space and bigger engine, while riding on the longer wheelbase of 2,800mm, with increased overall length of 4,905mm, height of 1,690mm, and width of 1,885mm.
Santa Fe is the number one selling diesel passenger vehicle in New Zealand, and is the second biggest selling model behind i30 for Hyundai New Zealand with 1113 units sold in 2011.
The all-new Santa Fe will go on sale in New Zealand later this year and is expected to successfully position itself as the firm family favourite SUV in both the New Zealand and global market.