Hyundai has revealed two versions of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe at the 2012 New York Auto Show. This includes the version which is capable of accommodating up to five passengers and the seven-passenger version.
The five-passenger version of the Santa Fe will go on sale in the month of September of this year. This will be introduced in the market as the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. This will be offered in two engine options. The base engine that would be used to power the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the 2.4-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine. This engine is capable of producing up to 190 horsepower and about 180 lb.-ft. of torque. This is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a standard front-wheel drive system. The all-wheel drive system is also available as an optional feature of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.
The second engine used in the 5-passenger 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is the company’s own version of the turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power output of 264 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. Based on these figures, it is quite correct to assume that the turbocharged version of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is more powerful compared to the base engine-powered model.
In terms of projected fuel consumption, the base engine-powered model is considered as the most fuel-efficient. It obtained the estimated fuel economy ratings of 23 miles per gallon in the city, 31 miles per gallon on the highway, 25 miles per gallon when combined. The turbocharged version of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has obtained the ratings of 22 miles per gallon in the city, 31 miles per gallon on the highway, and 25 miles per gallon combined.
The seven-passenger version of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe is considered as the regular-sized model on the line-up. This will serve as the replacement for the Hyundai Veracruz in January 2013. Hyundai has decided to stop the production of the Veracruz to give way for the larger version of the Santa Fe when the vehicle goes on sale early next year.
The seven-passenger Santa Fe will be powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 engine that was sourced from the Hyundai Azera. This engine is capable of producing up to 290 horsepower. Unfortunately, the torque generated by this Santa Fe model was not yet determined and so are the estimated fuel-economy ratings. But despite of its failure to reveal the estimated fuel consumption of this Santa Fe, Hyundai has provided and assurance that this vehicle would surely be as efficient and likable just like the Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Sonata.