When Hyundai adopted the Fluidic Design, it promised that all its existing cars will go under the scissor to adopt the new design language. The next two cars to get a plastic surgery are i20 and Santa Fe. We have seen the i20 doing its testing rounds in Chennai. Now, the Santa Fe is also caught on cam at the Artic circle doing its winter testing. Unlike the i20, the new Santa Fe is a full model change.
The 2013 Santa FE, which might be called the ix45, will powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 274 hp and 364 Nm of torque. A Euro6 2.0-liter diesel engine rated at 150HP will also find a home under the hood.
As the test mule is wearing heavy camouflage, the only noticeable feature is horizontal three-bar chrome grille. However, one can also see the influence of Fluidic Design in the headlamps of the new Santa Fe.
Back home, Hyundai may continue bringing the new Santa Fe through the CKD route to keep the prices low and gain volumes.