Hyundai India has finally unveiled/launched the facelift version of much anticipated compact SUV Santa Fe at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The car made its global debut last year at the Detroit Auto Show. Interestingly, Hyundai is developing this compact SUV at its Chennai plant, thereby making it a CKD vehcile and that subsequently resulting in its cost-effectiveness.
Mechanically, Hyundai has kept the vehicle same as the company's existing 2.2-litre diesel powertrain is still powering this new vehicle. This mill churns out a maximum power output of 194 bhp with a peak torque performance of 436 Nm. The SUV is being offered with both manual as well as automatic transmission. Additionally, Hyundai has also presented Santa Fe with an option of four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive.
As far as interiors are concerned, Santa Fe has fluidic design based interiors entangled in beige color theme. It features several advanced and sophisticated features such as GPS device, leather seats, sunroof, Engine start-stop button etc. On the other hand, the exteriors too have been moulded as the new Santa Fe gets a redesigned front bumper in which fog lamps are integrated elegantly well. Hyundai has extended its wheelbase by 90mm, thereby offering more spaciousness inside the cabin and enabling three passengers to sit comfortably in the last row. It will be pitted against the likes of Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Nissan X-Trail and Ssangyong RX7 in the Indian auto industry.