VANCOUVER, B.C.– Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. today introduced the all-new 5-passenger 2013 Santa Fe in a Canadian debut during a small press conference at the Vancouver International Auto Show. The Canadian unveiling was held in conjunction with the global debut of not only the 5-passenger model, but also a three-row 7-passenger long wheelbase version at the New York International Auto Show. The third generation of Hyundai’s popular Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) boasts an evolution of Hyundai’s now signature “Fluidic Sculpture” design language. Under the elegant sheet metal lies a range of well-engineered technologies, premium features, and all the versatility expected of a CUV. Put together, these elements represent a new standard for the segment.
The expansion of the Santa Fe lineup to offer both a 5-passenger and 7-passenger version allows Hyundai to better tailor the vehicle to a wider range of potential customers. The 5-passenger Santa Fe will go on-sale in later summer, with the larger 7-passenger model following in early 2013. Santa Fe is one of Hyundai’s most successful nameplates, with cumulative sales of approximately 2.6 million units worldwide and in excess of 170,000 in Canada.
Standard exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels, body-colour power mirrors, fog lamps, roof rack rails, and a rear spoiler. Opting for the 2.0-litre turbo GDI engine adds dual exhaust outlets and chrome door handles while 19-inch Euroflange alloy wheels and side mirror turn signal repeaters are also available.
Taking a slightly different approach, the 7-passenger Santa Fe will have its own body-side character lines from the B-pillar back, a unique grille design, standard 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, and a flush-mounted tow hitch receiver.
Standard equipment includes heated front seats, power windows, driver’s seat power lumbar support, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, and much more. Items such as a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, leather seating surfaces, and a panoramic sunroof, among others are also available. Also new for 2013 – and standard on all Santa Fe models with cloth seating – is a YES Essentials seat fabric treatment that provides soil-resistant, anti-odour and anti-static properties for added longevity and liveability. For easier parking manoeuvres, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors are offered.
The optional navigation system includes an 8-inch touch-screen display. This third-generation display features a simpler user interface, enhanced voice recognition commands, and improved navigation screens. The system is more intuitive to use for commonly used tasks. Simple pop up messages now appear to help pair a phone, for example. The voice recognition software also now understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screens display speed limits and details the next three required manoeuvres. Most functions can now be engaged with only one or two button pushes.
The 5-passenger 2013 Santa Fe features a duo of four-cylinder engines that offer an ideal blend of the two. A 2.4-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder engine with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) is standard. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven high pressure pump operating at pressures of up to 2,175 psi. GDI also allows a higher-than-normal 11.3 to 1 compression ratio for increased power. A member of Hyundai’s Theta II engine family, it also features technologies such as Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and a two-stage Variable Intake System (VIS). This power plant develops an output of 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, best-in-class among naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engines.
5-passenger Santa Fe’s have an optional 2.0L T-GDI inline four-cylinder engine with an exhaust manifold-integrated twin-scroll turbocharger. In the Santa Fe, the stainless steel exhaust manifold and turbocharger housing are cast together in a one-piece design. This patented construction provides the dual benefits of drastic reductions in weight and cost paired with improved durability for the turbocharger housing. Incorporating D-CVVT and a two-stage VIS, the turbocharged 2.0-litre develops 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque on regular fuel. All 2.0 T-GDI Santa Fe models feature a pre-wired trailer towing package and offer a towing capacity of 1,500 kg (3,500 lbs).
All Santa Fe models come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual mode.
The long wheelbase, 7-passenger Santa Fe features the Lambda II 3.3-litre GDI V6 engine with direct injection. The 7-passenger Santa Fe’s V6 engine is more suited for towing small boats or weekend toys. The engine produces 290 hp.
The 5-passenger Santa Fe rides on a 2,700 mm wheelbase with an overall length of 4,689 mm, a height of 1,679 mm, and a width of 1,880 mm. The larger 7-passenger model features a longer 2,800 mm wheelbase with an overall length of 4,905 mm, an overall height of 1,689 mm, and a width of 1,880 mm. All dimensions are estimates.