Hyundai doubles up on the 2013 Santa Fe
The 2013 model introduced at the New York Auto Show gets 2- and 3-row trims.
The lineup for the third generation of the crossover will have two variants: the two-row Santa Fe Sport with room for five people, and the Santa Fe, which has three rows of seats and carries seven people.
Two four-cylinder engines will be offered for the Santa Fe Sport:
— A turbocharged 2.0-liter rated at 264 hp. Hyundai says it will deliver 31 mpg in highway driving.
— A naturally aspirated 2.4-liter rated at 190 hp. Hyundai says it will get 33 mpg on the highway.
The Santa Fe will be powered by a 3.3-liter V6 rated at 290 hp.
All Santa Fe vehicles will use Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel-drive versions of the Santa Fe will get Torque Vectoring Cornering Control to get through tough road conditions. The system can use the brakes and the throttle to maintain stability at each corner.
The exterior of the Santa Fe was designed under Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" theme, which the company said "invokes the impression of motion." The Santa Fe has Hyundai's three-bar hexagonal grille, LED accents, optional black-trimmed roof rails and wraparound taillights. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard on the Sport model.
The big differences between the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport include the side-window shape, the character lines from the B-pillar back and the wheel styles.
Inside, the 2013 Santa Fe will continue the flowing look. Cloth seats are made of YES Essentials seat fabric that is soil-resistant, antiodor and antistatic. A panoramic sunroof is optional, as are heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The three-row crossover increases second-row legroom by 1.9 inches and cargo capacity by 5.6 cubic feet. The third-row bench is split 50/50 and offers 31.5 inches of legroom.
Hyundai's Blue Link system, which combines safety, service and infotainment features, is standard with up to a one-year trial period.
The 2013 Santa Fe Sport will go on sale later this summer, and the larger Santa Fe will hit dealerships in January 2013.