All-new Hyundai Santa Fe launched in ME
Muscat, October 4, 2012
South Korean automaker Hyundai has launched its all new Santa Fe across the Middle East, introducing distinctive ‘Storm Edge’ styling, cutting-edge technologies and practical use of space in a premium quality package.
The company offers a choice of three engines, the option of two or four-wheel drive, and prices start from around $24,300, according to a statement.
Tom Lee, head of Hyundai Middle East’s regional headquarters, said: “The all-new Santa Fe is the latest demonstration of Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to producing modern, premium cars.”
“The new generation Santa Fe will not only appeal to existing customers in the region with its fresh design and improved levels of standard technology, but will attract a new range of Middle East buyers looking for a stylish, premium and authentic SUV.”
Following Hyundai’s new ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy, the all-new Santa Fe features a unique interpretation called “Storm Edge”.
This captures the strong and dynamic shapes created by nature during the formation of a storm. The design implements the trademark Hyundai hexagonal grille used in most of its new line-up, creating a futuristic and urban-style SUV image. The interior design is equally bold and modern, especially in the front where the dashboard and centre console exude a finish akin to that of a luxury modern sedan.
The all-new Santa Fe features high quality materials throughout the cabin, including the option of full leather upholstery, with state-of-the-art manual or automatic air conditioning as standard as well as an optional glovebox cooler.
The luggage compartment itself has two storage areas under the floor and provides a huge 585 litres of storage space.
Cutting-edge active safety systems include Electronic Stability Control, a Hillstart Assist Control system that prevents the vehicle from rolling when on an incline, as well as a Brake Assist System, which increases braking pressure in an emergency situation. In addition to a Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Management is available on top-of-the-range models and promotes stable car manoeuvring when the car may be liable to skidding.
The all-new Santa Fe will be available in the Middle East in a sporty five seat form, with the option of two fold-down seats in the boot. A long-wheelbase version with three proper rows of seats will go on sale in 2013.
The new model will offer a choice of three powerplants: a new 3.3l V6 engine producing 270bhp and up to 318Nm of torque, a 2.4l 4-cylinder unit delivering 176 bhp and maximum torque of 227 Nm and a 2.2l diesel engine providing up to 197bhp and 421 Nm of torque. Customers will have a choice of 2 or 4WD, and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The new SUV also offers Smart Navigation, a rear parking camera, an automatic rain sensor, an electronic parking brake, a premium hi-fi system with 4.3 inch TFT-LCD display and virtual surround system, and a panoramic sunroof. – TradeArabia News Service
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