New Hyundai Santa Fe gets split into short and long trims

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Hyundai is releasing two new versions of the Santa Fe, one with a third row to replace the outgoing Veracruz. Photo Credit: Shadiac/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA

A whole bunch of car companies are rolling out new models at the New York Auto Show. Hyundai is showing off the refreshed Santa Fe crossover, which gets a few new party pieces such as an optional three row trim and a turbocharged engine.

Split decision

Hyundai is currently showing off new models at the New York Auto Show, including the new Santa Fe, the mid-size crossover SUV. The big news is that the SUV is being split into two models, the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, according to Inside Line.

The reason for the bifurcation is that Hyundai decided to phase the Veracruz out of production and offer a short and long wheelbase version of the Santa Fe instead. The Veracruz, according to AutoBlog, just wasn’t as good a seller as the Santa Fe, so Hyundai decided to ditch it but keep a larger crossover option available.

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The wheelbase for the Sport is four inches shorter than for the Santa Fe, but the longer model has three rows of seats.

Turbo four available

The Santa Fe Sport will have two available engines including a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, good for 190 horsepower, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which will produce 264 horsepower. The turbo engine will form its own trim level, called the Santa Fe Sport 2.0T.

Only the longer Santa Fe model gets a V-6, according to USA Today. The 3.3-liter V-6 in the longer model will produce 290 horsepower. Both the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport get a six-speed automatic transmission and can be had in front or all-wheel drive.

Other improvements include a torque-vectoring system to the AWD models, according to Inside Line, as well as more high-tensile strength steel in the chassis to reduce weight. As a result, the longer Santa Fe is 400 pounds lighter than the Veracruz.

Other standard goodies include BlueTooth connectivity, USB inputs, a knee airbag for the driver and a 40/20/40 split rear seat. There are also available upgrades like a panoramic sunroof, a blind spot monitor system for the larger model and heated steering wheels and rear seats.

On sale soon

The Sport models go on sale later this year, followed by the long wheelbase version in January of next year. The mileage for the Sport models should be excellent. The 2.4-liter engine is estimated to get 33 mpg highway and the turbo is estimated to get 31. No estimate has been made for the six-cylinder yet.

Prices aren’t available yet. The Santa Fe Sport models, though, are close to top of their class for fuel efficiency as only a few mid-size crossovers get better than 30 miles per gallon. There is the Mazda CX-5, which gets up to 35 mpg, the 32 mpg Kia Sorento, the 32 mpg Chevrolet Equinox and the 31 mpg Honda CR-V.


Inside Line


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