2010 Hyundai Santa Fe. Click image to enlarge
2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
Detroit, Michigan – At the 2010 North American International Auto Show today, Hyundai revealed a refreshed 2010 Santa Fe with a revised exterior design, numerous interior improvements, and a choice of two new fuel-efficient powertrains with six-speed transmissions that significantly improve vehicle performance and fuel economy.
The refreshed exterior features new bumper fascias, foglights, bodyside mouldings, wheels and grille while the interior features new darker interior colors and wood grain trim.
The Santa Fe’s new 175-hp 2.4-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder engine offers quicker acceleration than its predecessor’s 2.7-litre V6 engine, while also improving fuel economy. The Santa Fe four-cylinder delivers 11.8 L/100 km city and 8.4 L/100 km highway with front-wheel drive and the new six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual mode.
In addition, a new 3.5-litre V6 engine pumps out 34 more horsepower and 22 more pound-feet of torque (276 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque) than the Santa Fe’s 2009 3.3-litre V6 engine.
For 2010, Hyundai has added a fuel economy indicator. The “Eco Indicator”, on automatic transmission models, displays a green light to indicate when driving habits are contributing to good fuel economy.
The Santa Fe’s optional electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system automatically routes power to the wheels with the best traction. A driver-selectable AWD lock provides a fixed 50/50 torque split between front and rear wheels, which can improve performance in slippery or off-road conditions. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is standard.
The Santa Fe features six standard airbags, including side air curtain airbags, and for 2010, Hyundai has added rollover sensors to the side curtain airbags.
The 2010 Santa Fe is assembled at Hyundai’s plant in Montgomery, Alabama along with the Hyundai Sonata sedan.