TWO ALL-NEW 2013 HYUNDAI SANTA FE MODELS MAKE WORLD DEBUTS AT 2012 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
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NEW YORK, April 4, 2012
– 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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2013 SANTA FE LINEUP
HIGHLIGHTS UNIQUE TO THE 2013 LWB SANTA FE
- First non-luxury CUV Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) combines with Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) for outstanding CUV driving dynamics
- All-new crossover architecture developed for families
- Third-generation crossover introduces two-row, five-passenger Santa Fe Sport, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and larger three-row, seven-passenger LWB Santa Fe
- “Fluidic Sculpture” exterior design
- All four-cylinder engine lineup for the Santa Fe Sport
- Theta II 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine
- 190 horsepower (estimated) with improved fuel economy and acceleration
- Highest highway fuel economy (33 mpg estimated) of any CUV/SUV equipped with an automatic transmission
- High-output Theta II 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI engine
- 264 horsepower (estimated) with excellent fuel economy and best-in-class power-to-weight ratio
- Highway fuel economy estimated at 31 mpg (FWD A/T)
- In-house six-speed automatic transmission
- Seven standard airbags
- Panoramic sunroof
- Heated rear seats and heated steering wheel
- Power driver and front passenger seats
- Sliding second row seating with 40:20:40 folding seat back and cargo area release
- Standard Blue Link – safety, service and infotainment telematics system
- Third generation navigation and audio multimedia systems with an available eight-inch display
- Intelligent Active All-Wheel Drive
- Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine with 290 horsepower powers LWB Santa Fe
- LWB Santa Fe is the only midsize CUV with a standard direct injection V6 engine
- Blind spot detection (LWB Santa Fe only)
| || Engine || Length || Passenger || Passenger Volume || Total Interior Volume |
| Santa Fe Sport || 2.4L |
| SWB || 5 || 108.0 cu. ft. || 143 cu. ft. |
| Santa Fe || 3.3L || LWB || 7 || 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.
2013 Santa Fe Sport 2013 LWB Santa Fe
NO LINES STANDING STILL
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.
CHOICE OF THREE POWERFUL, FUEL EFFICIENT ENGINES
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.
LWB SANTA FE VERSUS ITS RIVALS
THETA II GDI 2.4-LITER ENGINE
| || 2013 LWB Santa Fe (est.) || 2012 Highlander || 2012 Pilot || 2012 Sorento |
| V6 Engine || 3.3L GDI || 3.5L MPI || 3.5L MPI || 3.5L MPI |
| Horsepower || 290 || 270 || 250 || 276 |
| Base engine curb weight || 3,861 || 4,045 || 4,299 || 3,977 |
| Power to weight ratio || 13.3 || 15.0 || 17.2 || 14.4 |
| Fuel economy || 19/26 || 18/24 || 18/25 || 20/26 |
The Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a GDI fuel delivery system contributes to improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions in Santa Fe Sport. This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher-than-normal 11.3 compression ratio for increased power. When compared to naturally-aspirated engines, this power plant delivers best-in-class four-cylinder horsepower, best-in-class torque and best-in-class power-to-weight ratio. The high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine also features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing.
SANTA FE SPORT VERSUS ITS RIVALS
2.0-LITER THETA II TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
| FWD Models || 2013 Santa Fe Sport (est.) || 2012 RAV4 || 2012 Equinox || 2013 Edge || 2012 Sorento |
| Engine || 2.4-liter GDI I4 || 2.5-liter I4 || 2.4-liter GDI I4 || 2.0-liter GDI I4 || 2.4-liter GDI I-4 |
| Horsepower || 190 || 179 || 182 || 240 || 191 |
| Specific output (HP/Liter) || 79 || 72 || 76 || 120 || 80 |
| Torque || 181 || 172 || 172 || 253 || 181 |
| Transmission || 6-speed || 4-speed || 6-speed || 6-speed || 6-speed |
| Curb weight || 3,459 || 3,360 || 3,777 || 3,998 || 3,845 |
| Weight-to-power ratio || 18.2 || 18.8 || 20.8 || 16.7 || 21.7 |
| Fuel economy || 23/33/26 || 22/28/24 || 22/32/26 || 21/30/24 || 22/32/25 |
The new Santa Fe Sport 2.0T is the first Hyundai crossover to have both GDI technology and a turbocharger. This option provides more horsepower than many of the V6 competitors, yet delivers gas mileage similar to competitive four-cylinder models.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine in the 2013 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T produces 264 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque with regular fuel. Hyundai’s 2.0-liter Theta turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined with the GDI system, results in instantaneous power delivery. The Ford Edge, like the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, uses a turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine. However, the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T has upped the ante with 26 more horsepower, a better power-to-weight ratio and higher fuel economy numbers.
SANTA FE SPORT 2.0T VERSUS FORD EDGE SE 2.0T
| || Santa Fe Sport (est.) || Ford Edge SE 2.0T |
| OAL || 184.6 || 184.2 |
| Cargo volume behind second row (cu. ft.) || 35.4 || 32.2 |
| Passenger volume (cu. ft.) || 108.0 || 108.4 |
| Fr (in.) || 41.3 || 40.7 |
| 2nd (in.) || 39.4 || 39.6 |
| Horsepower || 264 || 240 |
| FWD A/T curb weight || 3,602 || 3,998 |
| Power to weight ratio || 13.6 || 16.7 |
| Estimated fuel economy || 23/31/25 || 21/30/24 |
| Maximum towing capacity || 3,500 lbs. || 2,000 lbs. |
Twin-scroll turbocharger designs have two exhaust gas inlets that are divided by split walls inside the turbine housing with both gas passages controlled by a waste-gate. A twin-scroll turbo recovers even more energy from the exhaust than a single-scroll turbocharger, thanks to a divided manifold. The twin-scroll design separates the cylinders whose exhaust gas pulses interfere with each other, resulting in improved pressure distribution in the exhaust ports and a more efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger’s turbine.
For example, at the start of the intake stroke of cylinder one and when both the intake and exhaust valves are open (valve overlap period), cylinder three already begins its exhaust stroke with an open exhaust valve. If the exhaust passages of cylinder one and three were connected, the exhaust gas pulse from cylinder three would increase the back pressure of cylinder one - reducing the induction of fresh air and increasing the amount of hot residual gases inside the cylinder. However, with the twin-scroll turbocharger setup, this interference is minimized. The result of this superior scavenging effect from a twin-scroll design leads to several advantages over the traditional, single-scroll turbocharging systems, including:
- Better pressure distribution in the exhaust ports
- More efficient delivery of exhaust gas energy to the turbocharger’s turbine
- Greater valve overlap for improved quality/quantity of air charge entering each cylinder
- Ensures each cylinder is packed with a denser and purer air charge
- Improved combustion efficiency
- Low engine-speed efficiency
- Kinetic exhaust gas energy is not wasted or trapped
- Cooler cylinder temperatures
- Lower exhaust temperatures
- Leaner air/fuel ratio
Santa Fe Sport 2.0T’s twin-scroll turbo has superior handling of exhaust gas separation at the turbine, leading to improved low-end torque and faster transient torque response.
Two key features of Hyundai’s twin-scroll turbocharger setup are as follows:
- The stainless steel exhaust manifold and the twin-scroll turbine housing are cast in a patent-pending one-piece design
- The waste-gate for the turbocharger uses a motor-driven electrical controller instead of being mechanically controlled
Thanks to the integrated stainless-steel turbine housing with exhaust manifold, not only is the weight and cost of the casting dramatically reduced, but the durability of the turbine housing also improves. In addition, heat energy recovery and turbo efficiency significantly improve based on the fact that a traditional two-piece design effectively insulates some of the heat energy at the joint/gasket area.
By adapting the motor-driven electrical waste-gate, the boost pressure is precisely controlled. The back pressure is reduced when turbo boost is not necessary by opening the waste-gate, which improves fuel efficiency. During cold starts, the waste-gate remains open, which results in faster catalyst light-off for reduced exhaust emissions.
Direct injection also utilizes a 9.5 compression ratio in this engine, while achieving a best-in-class 133 horsepower-per-liter.
SANTA FE SPORT 2.0T VERSUS ITS RIVALS
LAMBDA II 3.3-LITER GDI V6 ENGINE
| || 2013 Santa Fe Sport (est.) || 2012 RAV4 V6 || 2012 Equinox || 2012 Edge || 2012 Sorento |
| Engine || 2.0-liter turbo GDI I4 || 3.5-liter V6 || 3.0-liter GDI V6 || 2.0-liter GDI turbo I4 || 3.5-liter V6 |
| Horsepower || 264 || 269 || 264 || 240 || 276 |
| Specific output (HP/Liter) || 132 || 78 || 88 || 120 || 80 |
| Torque || 269 || 246 || 222 || 270 || 248 |
| Transmission || 6-speed || 5-speed || 6-speed || 6-speed || 6-speed |
| Curb weight || 3,602 || 3,529 || 3,825 || 3,998 || 3,781 |
| Weight-to-power ratio || 13.64 || 13.11 || 14.48 || 16.65 || 13.69 |
| Fuel economy || 22/31/25 || 19/27/22 || 17/24/20 || 21/30/24 || 20/26/22 |
Shoppers looking for a V6 engine will find that the long wheelbase Santa Fe suits their needs in terms of drivability and fuel economy. The Santa Fe’s Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI also has a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This system eliminates the need for a large displacement V6 engine and increases the compression ratio for greater thermal efficiency and output. Santa Fe’s V6 is perfect for towing small boats or weekend toys.
SIX-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
All the engines are mated to Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®
manual control. This transmission offers smooth shifts and a wide ratio spread that suits the engine’s characteristics. An automatic transmission warmer is included to keep the transmission oil at its optimal temperature, which improves real-world fuel economy.
Additionally, all models have an Active ECO System that modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response and increase real-world fuel economy.
DO ANYTHING CAPABILITY WITH Torque Vectoring Cornering Control
Santa Fe Sport, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and the LWB Santa Fe customers will feel the benefits of the optional intelligent active All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system and TVCC, which cooperatively controls torque and braking in conjunction with the Vehicle Stability Management System. This system can anticipate traction requirements and deliver additional stability through braking via continuous monitoring of driving conditions compared with other AWD systems, which can only react to conditions after they occur. All AWD Santa Fes access an intelligent control unit that continuously analyzes data from the vehicle controller, and through a multi-clutch plate distributes torque to any single wheel at a time. The coupling system is fully controllable via an electro-hydraulic actuation system. Braking force can also be sent to any single wheel at a time via the software. These processes are known as torque vectoring and torque braking. All this analysis is completely transparent to the driver.
Drivers of the AWD Santa Fe realize the following advantages:
- Improved lateral stability while cornering
- Removal of unintended over- and under-steer by reducing unwanted traction to the front and rear axle
- High thermal capacity, which helps prevent overheating during hill climbs and trailer towing
In addition, greater efficiency is achieved through the intelligent control electronics that provide the torque needed for enhanced traction in a variety of driving situations. As a result, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions are achieved. The electronic components are also optimally sized for minimal energy usage. This intelligent system allows for even more driver control.
The 2013 Santa Fe models feature Hyundai’s Hillstart Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC) to maximize control on steep hills. HAC minimizes rolling backwards on steep ascents while DBC helps the driver maintain vehicle control and speed on steep downhill descents. By selecting the DBC switch, the Hydro-Electronic Control unit manages the wheel speed sensors, steering angle sensor and acceleration sensor to maintain control and speed on steep declines without having to use the brake.
FUN-TO-DRIVE CUV DRIVING DYNAMICS
For enhanced ride performance, Santa Fe Sport, Santa Fe Sport 2.0T and the three-row Santa Fe employ a compact and light MacPherson strut front suspension and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension. Santa Fe Sport rides on 17-inch wheels and P235/65 R17 tires. Santa Fe Sport 2.0T sits on 19-inch wheels with P235/55R19 lower profile tires. The Turbo also has Mando (DFD) shock absorbers for more precise control. The front suspension has a 26.5 mm hollow stabilizer bar to save weight.The rear suspension uses a 21 mm solid stabilizer bar in the front wheel drive and 19 mm solid stabilizer bar in the all-wheel drive Santa Fe Sport. The larger Santa Fe sits on 18- or 19-inch wheels.
Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from Hyundai’s all-new Driver Selectable Steering Mode, with three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This innovative system allows drivers to adapt Santa Fe Sport and LWB Santa Fe’s steering characteristics to varying driving preferences and road conditions. Comfort mode is ideal for city and parking environments, offering the greatest ease of steering with a 10 percent decrease in steering effort from Normal mode. Normal mode is ideal for a mix of driving conditions. Meanwhile, Sport Mode is optimized for higher-speed freeways or winding roads and increases steering effort by 10 percent from Normal mode. The Driver Selectable Steering Mode not only adjusts power assistance levels in each mode, but also adjusts on-center build-up feel and steering build-up curves throughout the steering range, for a very natural and progressive feel. Steering damping characteristics, active return and friction levels have also been optimized in Santa Fe Sport and LWB Santa Fe. Even more impressive is the fact that Hyundai engineers have successfully tuned Santa Fe Sport’s 35.76 ft. turning circle for easy parking and U-turns, despite a slightly longer wheelbase compared to the previous generation Santa Fe.
SANTA FE CABIN SPACE ADVANTAGE
The sleek design of Santa Fe Sport and LWB Santa Fe, combined with Hyundai’s expertise in interior engineering, delivers a great presence on the road while improving functionality and convenience. The spacious cabin has more shoulder room than the previous generation and the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Edge. Three-row, seven-passenger Santa Fe also has more second row leg room than Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander and the full-size Chevrolet Traverse. Seating utility is also improved due to a standard 40:20:40 folding rear seat back. This seat back is perfect for seating five passengers comfortably or accommodating four passengers, plus long items like skis, golf clubs, snowboards or surfboards. Fold down two seats to sea