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New York, NY – At the recent New York International Auto Show, Hyundai revealed the next generation of its popular Santa Fe mid-size crossover utility vehicle. The reveal was anticipated, but what came as a surprise was the appearance of not one, but two new Santa Fe crossovers.

First to appear on stage was the revised 2013 five-passenger Santa Fe. Then the surprise; another, longer Santa Fe emerged with a stretched wheelbase and a third row of seating.

It’s not a huge stretch. Santa Fe watchers will have to look carefully to spot the difference behind the B pillar. The regular wheelbase is 2,700 mm (106.3 in.). The long wheelbase is just 100 mm (4 in.) more. The five-passenger Santa Fe is 4,689 mm (184.6 in.) long. The extended seating version is 216 mm (8.5 in) longer.

Preview: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe reviews car previews hyundai
Preview: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe reviews car previews hyundai
Preview: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe reviews car previews hyundai
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In the US, the five-passenger model will be known as the Santa Fe Sport, while the extended wheelbase version will be available in two trim levels, GLS and Limited, the former with six-passenger seating, the latter with seven-passenger seating. In Canada, both short and long versions will simply be called Santa Fe. Canadian trim and packaging have not yet been finalized and no decision has been made on whether the six-passenger model — four captain’s chairs plus a third-row split bench — will be offered here.

Whatever they are called, the new Santa Fe will be available in Canada in both regular- and extended-wheelbase versions.

Length and seating arrangements are not the only choices buyers will have with the new Santa Fe; they will be able to choose from three engine sizes as well. The five-passenger Santa Fe will be available with a choice of two new engines: a 2.4L DOHC 16-valve inline-four-cylinder, replacing the previous 2.4L four-cylinder, and a 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve inline-four-cylinder. Both engines use direct injection.

The seven-passenger 2013 Santa Fe will be powered by a new 3.3L direct-injected V6 replacing the 3.5L V6. Despite its smaller size, the new 3.3L will produce 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 3.5L’s 276 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, while achieving better fuel consumption as well.

The base 2.4L engine in the Santa Fe Sport is also more powerful, with 190 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque vs. the 175 hp and 169 lb-ft of torque of the outgoing 2.5L. But if 190 hp isn’t enough, a new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 264 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque will be available.

Hyundai estimates that fuel consumption will range from 9.0 L/100 km to 10.7 L/100 km for combined city/highway driving depending on engine choice and front-wheel drive vs. all-wheel drive.

Previously, the Santa Fe was available with a four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and a manual transmission. For 2013, the manual will no longer be available. Four-cylinder power will be available only with the five-passenger Santa Fe. Long-wheelbase models will be available only with the V6. While all-wheel drive will be optional across the range in the US, it is likely that only the base four-cylinder will be available with front-wheel drive in Canada.

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