Displayed as a prototype earlier this year during the New York International Auto Show in April, Hyundai has officially unveiled the production version of the new three-row, six or seven-passenger 2013 Santa Fe at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show which started yesterday, 28th November.

This new version is just slightly larger than the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport which has been on sale since August. This new version rides on a 2,799 mm wheelbase, which is 99 mm longer than the Sport’s wheelbase with its overall length of 4,905 mm that is 216 mm longer, the 1,885 mm width is slightly 5 mm wider and its overall height is 1,689 mm, which is 10 mm higher than Santa Fe Sport.

These increased size translates to offer the vehicle with either a six or seven seater with the inclusion of a third row of seats. If a seven seater is selected, the second row comes in a 40:20:40 split folding format and for a six seater, a pair of captain’s seats. Cargo space also increased from 2,025 litres behind the front seats in the Santa Fe Sport to 2,265 litres. The seven-passenger Santa Fe also serves up 382 litres of cargo area behind its third-row seat.

Apart from the increased size, the larger Santa Fe include a number of convenient, standard stowage and storage features, including an overhead console sunglass holder, two front and two rear seat cupholders, door bottle holders, enlarged central storage console, front storage bin, front seat- back pockets and generous under-floor cargo storage.

Apart from the third row, which comes in a 50:50 foldable split, the interior is the same as the Sport variant. It also comes equipped with Standard Blue Link – safety, service and infotainment telematics system and a third generation navigation and audio multimedia systems via an eight-inch display.

Exterior wise, the Santa Fe features their ‘Storm Edge’ design concept which supposedly portrays an image of nature during a formation of a storm. The slightly larger Santa Fe looks exactly the same as the Sport variant but with a slightly differentiated profile from the B-pillar back. It also has a new grille design and bespoke 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels.

This larger Santa Fe is powered by Hyundai’s Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine producing 290 hp and 342 Nm of torque linked to a six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control and comes equipped with an Active ECO System that supposedly improves fuel economy by 5 to 7 percent. Optionally, a Torque Vectoring Active Cornering Control All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system is offered for better grip in harsh conditions. It claims to have a tow rating of up to 2.26 tons.



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