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We just brought you the spyshot of the next gen Hyundai i10 doing rounds near Chennai and now we bring you the new Hyundai Santa Fe which is busy preparing to foray into the highly competitive Indian SUV market.

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[Left: The Hyundai Santa Fe is being followed by a pair of Hyundai i10 test mules; Right - The i10 is upsized, while the Santa Fe fills into attractive alloy wheels]

The test mule was spotted testing along with prototypes of the next gen i10, near Chennai. These spyshots were sent by our ardent reader Mr. S. Sriram.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 model

Even though the car is heavily camouflaged, the attractive curves of the Storm Edge design language never fail to get your attention. The car has an imposing road presence given its full sized dimensions.

Sadly, the India bound car is the short wheel base, five seater version which can be specified with a pair of optional jump seats at the rear. There is also a seven seat version called the Grand Santa Fe which debuted for Europe at the Geneva Motor Show but it is not earmarked for the Indian market.

2013 Hyundai Grand Santa Fe d pillar

You can tell the Grand Santa Fe apart from the regular Santa Fe, which is seen testing here, by looking at the elongated quarter glass on the D Pillar.

The engine option for India will be the same 2.2-litre 194 bhp diesel engine, paired to 6-speed MT and AT, lifted off the current car. The engine makes the SUV the most powerful in its class. Competition would come from the Toyota Fortuner, Ssangyong Rexton, Chevrolet Captiva and the Nissan X-Trail.

The Hyundai Santa Fe’s biggest strength would be its styling and hi-tech interior. In the customer clinics that Hyundai conducted for the prospective Indian customers, people walked away impressed by the SUV’s feel-good factor.

The new Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to be the South Korean giant’s first launch this year and could come sometime in mid-2013. If this plan doesn’t work, expect the new Santa Fe to launch in time for the festival season or at the 2014 Auto Expo.

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  • sri

    Discontinuing the Santro would help the company in utilizing the work force to shift towards the base models of i10 and this should be like the fords statergy of having two fiesta’s in parallel but just with adding a suffix as CLASSIC over the old gen and run parallel with the newer models which will help the company to push more numbers and give options to the customer, which will inturn help to retain the customer rather than giving them a second option to rethink !!

  • sandy

    Hyundai’s Indica i.e. new i10. But it seems bigger then Indica. It may cannibalize i20. Good that Hyundai India had decided to keep the current i10 in the market.

    • sri

      I expect Hyundai should keep the current generation i10 in petrol/lpg/cng only specs in 1.1 era and Magna versions which can shift the old Santro customers and even the Santro can be discontinued and keeping cost the existing model range 30-40 k less than the new scooped i10′s version’s base model which is supposed to have an option of having diesel heart !!