The current Hyundai Santa Fe is a great looking car, but since the Korean car-maker is giving a fluidic face to all its cars, the Santa Fe falls next in line. The next-gen Santa Fe was caught testing by our friends from World Car Fans, and they have thankfully shared a picture with us. The car was being tested by Hyundai’s test drivers in the Article Circle in Scandinavia, and was highly concealed.
Despite the camouflaging, our friends fromWorld Car Fans claim to have deciphered the front façade, and have shared the details with us. The car carries a three-dimensional front grille, divided by three horizontal chrome bars. The current car carries a similar radiator grille, and hence decoding it didn’t take much time. The Headlamps look similar to the new Hyundai Verna and so do the alloy wheels. Despite all attempts to keep the new model under wraps, eagle-eyed aficionados have been clicking away at the test-mules and sharing it with us.
Rumours are that a new 2.0 liter petrol engine generating 274 BHP and 269 lb/ft of torque will make it to the Fluidic Santa Fe’s line-up. However, with the sky-rocketing petrol prices we reckon it wouldn’t make it to India. The Fluidic Santa Fe will be powered by the same 2.4 litre CRDi engine that we have on the current car, and similarly the other mechanicals will remain untouched too. Since we haven’t got a glimpse of the interiors yet, we are still unsure if Hyundai will add any features to the car and with that the price tag also remains a question mark.
The Fluidic Santa Fe could make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor show in March this year. However, if that’s too soon to expect anything from Hyundai, the New York Motor show in April can be kept as a backup.
India launch could happen by end of the year as the current Santa Fe is bought in India via the CBU route.
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