The South Korean car maker Hyundai has just launched the 2013 Santa Fe crossover in China. The car gets a fluidic treatment which is in line with their common design language they have adopted.
China gets two petrol engines – 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre. The 2.4 litre is the same unit powering the Sonata and comes with a direct injection technology which Hyundai calls the GDI technology.
The engines are mated to 6 speed automatic transmissions and there are no manual engine options available. Hyundai sees India as their one of the most important markets and the 2013 Fluidic Santa Fe is expected to reach the Indian shores soon. They currently sell the older generation of the Santa Fe in India and is brought in India as a CKD unit and expect a similar treatment for the next generation of the flagship. It will be launched somewhere in the middle of this year.
Instead of naming it as the Fluidic Santa Fe, they’ve named the design philosophy as Storm Edge. It is the design philosophy that changed the way the Hyundai cars were perceived. From being old school, they went on to become the cars generations ahead in terms of looks when compared to their rivals. And to keep the upmarket feel of the cars, they’ve started using high quality materials which lend a compltely different feel to their cars.
India will get a retuned 2.2 litre diesel unit which powers the current Santa Fe and is expected to produce more power and torque from the previous generation. It will be mated to most probably an automatic transmission and expect both the two wheel and four wheel drive variants for us as they will be gunning for the Fortuner which gets both the versions. Hyundai might also consider launching the 7-seater version of their next-gen Santa Fe in India considering our penchant for those extra 2 seats.
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