Next-Gen Hyundai Santa Fe continues its testing in India, even though it has been launched in a few other countries. In the latest incident, a Team-BHP member caught the partially-camouflaged test vehicle near the Hyundai plant in the proximity of NH4.
As usual, the test mule was camouflaged at the front and rear only, with the profile out in full public view. As expected earlier, the changes will be concentrated at the front and rear. We will get a huge engine grille, laden to the brim with glistening chrome. Accompanying it will be redesigned headlamps, and newer tail-lamps at the rear too.
It can be noticed that the test vehicle appears to be significantly larger than the current Santa Fe. The leaf-shaped windows of the new Santa Fe stand out in in the profile, alongside the alloy wheels.
Sometime back, there were rumours that Hyundai has pushed back the launch of the new Santa Fe. Santa Fe hasn’t really been a strong seller in India, and could be easily termed as a White Elephant in Hyundai’s arsenal. With the latest spying, we feel the plan to launch the new Santa Fe is very much on track, albeit a little delayed. An Auto Expo 2014 unveiling is what we feel is on the cards.
The new Santa Fe should come with the same 2.2 Litre CRDi motor, unless Hyundai decides to spring up some surprises. It is likely to be offered in both manual and automatic options. However, we don’t have any ideas regarding the seating option of the Santa Fe.
Internationally, it comes with a 5-Seater option, and there is a Grand Santa Fe with a 7-Seater option. It appears from the spyshots that the regular 5-seater model is being put to test.