Spy Shots: ’07 Hyundai Santa Fe Coming to America, the long way. by Hans Lehmann/Hidden Image (2005-07-11) thecarconnection.com Hyundai has been on a new-product blitz, bringing to market one new vehicle after another. So far Hyundai has introduced the Tucson and the Sonata, and has put out official information on the Azera. Still to come is an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle. These photos capture a prototype Santa Fe without any front-bumper disguise, thus giving us a clear view of the SUV's new looks. With the new Hyundai Tucson filling the role of compact SUV in the model lineup, Hyundai is now free to grow a larger Santa Fe and move it up a size class to compete with larger SUVs like the Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander. The increased size will allow the Santa Fe to have a third row of seats for the first time. The new Santa Fe will be built on a platform that is shared with the new Hyundai Sonata sedan, and the Santa Fe will also be built in Hyundai's new plant in Montgomery, Alabama. Styling is fresh and ditches the voluptuous looks of the current Santa Fe in favor of a look with a large, forward-sloping grille. The rounded shape of the front end gives the new Santa Fe a unique design by eliminating the typical protruding bumper used on every other SUV.
Hyundai Santa Fe December 2005 autoexpress.co.uk Getting established in the SUV market isn't easy - just ask Hyundai! The firm already has three 4x4s in its line-up, but only the entry-level Tucson is capable of challenging for class honours. That's a situation the all-new Santa Fe hopes to change. Designers have banished memories of the current bulbous and ungainly machine to the history books, and instead have created a distinctive looking five-door SUV. Inside, the makeover is almost as striking, but although the cabin has a more upmarket feel, and for the first time seven seats, the plastics still appear cheap. As with the Sonata saloon, the Santa Fe has a prominent centre console, but the layout has been brought up-to-date. While a 2.7-litre V6 petrol variant will be available, the 151bhp 2.2-litre diesel driven here should account for most sales in the UK. Replacing the outgoing 2.0-litre oil-burner, the new unit delivers an extra 36bhp and an impressive 343Nm of torque. From a standstill, the diesel engine is a little unresponsive, but once on the move it provides smooth acceleration whether mated to manual or automatic gearboxes. A part-time four-wheel-drive transmission system also ensures the Santa Fe is never short of traction, as it feeds power to the rear wheels when the front tyres slip. Engineers have fitted stiffer suspension to the new model, and as a result the Santa Fe doesn't offer as smooth a ride as the class-leaders. The benefit comes in the corners, where body roll is more controlled and handling is impressive in all but the tightest of bends. Safety hasn't been forgotten either, with six airbags, EBS, ABS, traction control and active headrests all available. Prices are expected to rise over the current version, with the line-up likely to start at around £21,000. We'll have to wait until we drive the Santa Fe in European specification to see if Hyundai has got a potential class-leader in its ranks, but the early impressions are encouraging. Charley Chae
____________________________________________________ Note: the above information was taken from a UK web site. The Diesel and turbo engines will most likely not be available in the USA. The USA 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe will most likey see the 3.3V6 currently used in the 2006 Hyundai Sonata or the 3.8 V6 currently used in the 2006 Hyundai Azera. The redesigned 2.4L 4 cylinder, currently used in the 2006 Hyundai Sonata, may also make its way in to the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. ____________________________________________________
2007 Hyundai Santa Fe launches in Korea Posted Nov 22nd 2005 3:30PM by Stuart Waterman Filed under: SUVs autoblog.com Little information other than what we can glean from the pictures, but what we can see shows that the new Santa Fe is a huge improvement over the current version. Hyundai's Santa Fe-dedicated website is here (warning - lots of Flash). Autoblog reader Source1 reports that a Hyundai dealer told him that we can expect two engines, a 3.3-liter putting out 240-250 hp, and a 3.8-liter with 275-285 hp. Much more after the jump!