The Santa Fe made its India debut very late. In fact, it was so late that the company was already working on new model as it was being launched in India. The current Santa Fe that we see running on the roads was launched way back in 2006 at North American International Auto and a mild facelift followed in 2010
MotorTrend confirms that the new Santa Fe will make its international debut at the 2012 New York Motor Show this April. The new Santa Fe codenamed (ix45) will don the fluidic design that was recently adopted by Hyundai worldwide. It will also have a lot of technology packed in it donated by the new Sonata. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine producing 274-horses and a Euro6 2.0-liter diesel engine rated at 150HP.
Back home, the Santa Fe is imported as a CBU in India thus the sticker price is very expensive. Hyundai India wanted to test the waters with the Santa Fe and it seems they have received a good response. Hyundai may choose to bring the new Santa Fe through the CKD route to drop the prices and gain volumes.