If you think that Hyundai Veracruz was the beginning of an end for this Korean automaker, think twice. Hyundai Santa Fe Sport was unveiled at the New York auto show, bringing the first major makeover to its former model introduced back in 2001. The automaker has also hinted on another update of this model which is a larger, seven-passenger SUV and will probably be called just “Santa fe”.
Take a look at this gorgeous new vehicle and remember it, for Hyundai Santa Fe Sport marks the beginning of a new area in the history of Hyundai.
It was somehow predictable that Hyundai would try to enter the most popular car segment at this time – the small crossover market, but this model has big chances to crawl to the very top of it! The competition in this segment has never been low, but now it is even more severe with major competitors like Kia, Nissan, Ford, etc.
So let’s get back to our brand new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and take a closer look at its specifications.
In terms of dimension, the 2013 Santa Fe Sport hasn’t changed too much from the model it replaces, just a slight difference in height which you probably won’t even notice. Instead you will be happily surprised by the complete restyling of the exterior featuring a large hexagonal grille, LED accent lighting in the headlamp clusters and a more traditional, larger glasshouse that better communicates its rear-cabin spaciousness.
From the inside Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is equipped with large, angular air vents serving as bookends to an eight-inch touchscreen display, the dashboard and doors are designed with high-quality leather and soft-touch materials, accented with small amounts of aluminum and wood trim, giving it a more upscale look.
The base engine of Santa Fe Sport is Hyundai’s naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Theta II GDI inline four-cylinder, good for 190 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, which – like all configurations of the Santa Fe – can be mated to both front- or all-wheel drive.
Well, as you may see there is nothing truly revolutionary or groundbreaking about this vehicle, but that’s not bad at all considering its price and quality. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is said to hit the market at a quite nice price; $24,450, compared to its smaller rival Ford Escape at $37,000.