All-New 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe debuts at New York Auto Show [video]

In what appeared to be a neverending campaign of spy photos, teasers and leaks, the all-new Hyundai Sante Fe (aka ix45) finally debuted at the New York Auto Show today.

The third-generation crossover will be available in three versions: a five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and larger seven-passenger LWB Santa Fe. Features include seven standard airbags, panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, power seats, sliding second row with 40:20:40 folding and standard Blue Link infotainment, navigation and audio multimedia systems with eight-inch display.

Available for the Sante Fe Sport models include two gasoline four-cylinders engines. The first is a 2.4-liter direct injection (GDI) engine producing 190 horsepower (estimated) with highway fuel economy at an estimated 33 mpg - the highest of any CUV/SUV equipped with an automatic transmission. The second engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine developing 264 horsepower (estimated) with best-in-class power-to-weight ratio resulting in highway fuel economy estimated at 31 mpg with front-wheel drive and automatic transmission.

The LWB Sante Fe receives the 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine with 290 horsepower, Hyundai points out the LWB Santa Fe is the only midsize CUV with a standard direct injection V6 engine. Due to its increased sized Hyundai saw fit to exclusively offer Blind spot detection on the LWB model only.

The all-new 2013 Santa Fe Sport will go on-sale late this summer, with the larger Santa Fe arriving in January 2013.

Full details in the four page press release below.

Two All-New 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Models Make World Debuts at 2012 New York International Auto Show

All-New Santa Fe Lineup Defies the Status Quo and Reinvents the CUV Landscape with "Fluidic Sculpture" Design, Sophisticated Engineering and Efficient Powertrains

First Non-Luxury CUV with Torque-Vectoring Cornering Control and Driver Selectable Steering for Outstanding Driving Dynamics

Designed to delight shoppers and defy convention, two all-new 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe models make their world debut today at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The third-generation Santa Fe crossover family introduces the two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport and the long wheelbase (LWB) three-row, seven-passenger model called Santa Fe. The all-new Santa Fe family showcases the brand's cutting-edge capabilities through "Fluidic Sculpture" design, impressive fuel economy and a host of features to delight drivers and passengers with high expectations for functionality and comfort. The all-new 2013 Santa Fe Sport will go on-sale late this summer, with the larger Santa Fe introduced to dealers in January 2013.




Passenger Volume

Total Interior Volume  

Santa Fe Sport





108.0 cu. ft.

143 cu. ft.  

Santa Fe LWB




146.6 cu. ft.

160 cu. ft.  

The all-new Santa Fe Sport and LWB Santa Fe are the final pieces in Hyundai's 7/11 product initiative (seven new or redesigned models in 11 months in the 2012 calendar year). The first three vehicles in the initiative were Azera, Veloster Turbo and refreshed Genesis Coupe. The fourth and fifth vehicles were Elantra GT and Elantra Coupe. All feature outstanding fuel economy, significant lightweighting actions, and Hyundai's signature "Fluidic Sculpture" design language.


The "Fluidic Sculpture" exterior of the Santa Fe crossover family invokes the impression of irrepressible motion through a new design concept called Storm Edge, which captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm. To create the illusion of constant motion, Hyundai designers use a three-bar hexagonal front grille, LED accents, low stance, rising beltline, black trimmed optional roof rails and wraparound taillights. These cues let people know immediately that Santa Fe is a Hyundai. Design elements also include standard chrome grille and door handle accents, bodycolor mirrors, rear spoiler, aggressive exhaust outlets as well as lower bumper, wheel arches and door trim in contrasting paints. In addition, 19-inch wheels are standard on Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.

Hyundai designers crafted Santa Fe Sport and LWB Santa Fe together, with the signature differentiating element being the side view daylight opening (side window shape) - the larger Santa Fe features a shape that highlights the increased passenger and cargo room behind the third row seat. Santa Fe also has its own bodyside character lines from the B-pillar back, grille design, 18-inch Euroflange alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips and a flush-mounted tow hitch design.

Both Santa Fe models feature the same flowing interior look, designed for passenger functionality and comfort. From the heated rear seats and available eight-way power driver seat, to a standard 40:20:40 folding rear seat back, both boast flexibility and a pleasant cabin for all. Also new for 2013 - and standard on all Santa Fe models with cloth seating - is a YES Essentials seat fabric treatment that provides soil-resistant, anti-odor and anti-static properties for added longevity and livability. Special care and attention went into other interior details, such as an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim. Available on 2.4-liter models and standard on Turbo and LWB models, is a push-button starter with proximity key and a Supervision Cluster with TFT LCD screen. A heated steering wheel and sliding second row seats are optional first-class touches on Santa Fe Sport and Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. The heated steering wheel is also optional on the LWB Santa Fe.

The three-row Santa Fe increases second-row legroom by 1.9 inches and cargo capacity 5.6 cubic feet and houses second-row HVAC controls and vents to increase family comfort, while also offering a standard 50:50 split folding third-row bench seat with 31.5 inches of legroom.


Santa Fe Sport buyers have the choice of a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI engine. Both engines have been well tested in the Hyundai Sonata and provide more than enough power for city or highway driving and have the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds. With 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque (estimated), Santa Fe Sport 2.4 still manages outstanding fuel economy of 23 city and 33 highway (estimated). This powertrain truly combines power and fuel efficiency with refined driving dynamics. The higher output 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found under the hood of Santa Fe Sport 2.0T increases horsepower to 264 (estimated), while also delivering excellent fuel economy. The top-of-line LWB Santa Fe is powered by the highly acclaimed 3.3-liter V6 engine, which is also found in the Hyundai Azera.

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alamak alamak
I never thought that I would buy a Hyundai, but we just bought a 2011 Sonata last year, and I have to say it is a darn good car. If this LWB Santa Fe will be price under 30K, it will sell like hot cakes. Good job Hyundai.......keep it up!!
Apr 5th, 2012 9:04am
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Renyeo Renyeo
Has Santa Fe gone upmarket with the latest iteration?
Apr 5th, 2012 7:08am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
Great job Hyundai
Apr 5th, 2012 2:47am
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Ness7 Ness7
Great, simply great SUV from Hyundai. But correct me if I'm wrong, so this car will compete in a gategory where Q7/X5/M-Class or in Q5/X3/GLK? Cuz they also have the ix35 and I think it fits better in Q5/X3/GLK category, I know they are premium class but this is the easiest way to define the category/segment of the car. I'm looking forward for this car as my future SUV in less than one year which I think will be the February/March of 2013.
Apr 5th, 2012 1:52am
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Why the LWB when their is a Veracruz?
Apr 5th, 2012 12:43am
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NYyanks NYyanks
I still can't believe how far Hyundai has come within the past 4 years or so. Another great vehicle refreshed for Hyundai's lineup, awesome job!
Apr 4th, 2012 11:57pm
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
Soon all cars will be designed the same way with a different logo. This could be a ford (see new fusion), a new Chevy, VW, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Mercedes, etc.. Is it just me or it's becoming what Nascar is -- same body, same outlines, same chassis, different stickers/logos?
Apr 4th, 2012 11:17pm
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
....Mitsubishi, Dodge, Toyota or Infiniti there's nothing that really throws at me that this is a Hyundai. All these manufacturers mentioned here and more are pretty much generic mainstream designs.
Apr 4th, 2012 11:23pm
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I really like it !! Can't wait to try it here in Europe. Any idea what equipments it will get, like ACC maybe ?
Apr 4th, 2012 11:04pm
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