Revamped Hyundai Santa Fe likely to be showcased at Auto Expo 2014

Revamped Hyundai Santa Fe likely to be showcased at Auto Expo 2014 New Hyundai Santa Fe
author image CarTrade Editorial Team
Tuesday 17 December 2013, 11:46 AM

With a decline in demand of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), the Indian auto market is experimenting new formulas to persuade buyers. Amidst all the concepts and innovations, Hyundai has decided to revamp its flagship SUV Santa Fe and launch it at the Auto Expo carnival in 2014. The South Korean manufacturer failed to make an impact on the Indian audience with the previous edition of this SUV. Somehow, consumers showed reluctance in Hyundai and went for more reliable options like Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero. But the failure hasn't put Hyundai on a trail, and the company with its acuity has decided to jump back in the SUV segment and give Santa Fe another try.

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The ongoing Santa Fe is a 7-seater car, equipped with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, developing a massive 195 bhp at 3800 rpm. The transmission options are available from a 6-speed manual front wheel drive to a 6-speed manual/automatic 4-wheel drive. The new version, however, is believed to be fitted with the same capacity engine, except the option of front wheel drive, which will be provided with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the company has overcome other shortcomings as well to enhance handling and suspension.

Industry experts are of a view that the main obstruction in Santa Fe's sales was the hefty price tag of around Rs. 26 lakh. Therefore, Hyundai has eradicated this problem as well and the current version of the car will cost somewhere around Rs. 22 lakh. Also, it will be manufactured at the company's production plant in Chennai unlike the current generation model, which is brought through Complete Build Unit (CBU) route. Analysts believe that it will be a good time to launch Santa Fe in the utility vehicle segment as the price sensitive Indian buyers have developed a penchant for same. Offering better features at a competitive price, stiff competition is expected to be posed against the Hyundai SUV from Toyota Fortuner, Nissan X-trail, Mitsubishi Pajero Sports and Mahindra SsangYong Rexton. While X-trail is low on power with just a 2.0-litre diesel engine developing 150 bhp, it comes out with a hefty price tag of around Rs. 26 lakh, owing to the fact that it is brought in India as a CBU.

Rexton and Pajero Sport on the other hand, are powered by a 2.6-litre and a 2.5-litre diesel engines, respectively. The latter produces 178 bhp and the former attains a power output of 162 bhp. The only fierce adversary for Santa Fe is the Toyota Fortuner which has established itself in the Indian market as an optimal option among Indian buyers. With a massive 3.0-litre diesel engine, the car produces 169 bhp and can easily cruise through uneven terrains. In conclusion, Hyundai is leaving no stone unturned for the launch of its newly reformed Santa Fe, and with a tag of country's second largest car maker, it is expected to redefine its glory in off-roading car section.

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