Hyundai Makes Surprise Announcement of Two Santa Fe Models
Frank Ahrens, Hyundai's director of global public relations in Seoul, had hinted the night before at a media dinner that there was a surprise coming. It probably had something to do with being up for 44 straight hours but that's all he would say.
The Santa Fe Long Wheelbase (or LWB for short) was almost presented as an afterthought by Hyundai Motors America president and CEO John Krafcik. A lengthy presentation had been made on the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe (details below) when Krafcik said, in effect, there was one more thing to show – and the wall moved back and out slid the new Santa Fe LWB.
It's going to be a seven-passenger model with a 3.3-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower. Hyundai said it is the only gasoline direct injection V6 in a midsize crossover, which helps it achieve an estimated 19-mpg city and 26-mpg highway.
Buyers of the short wheelbase Santa Fe, which seats five passengers, have a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine or a turbocharged 2.0-liter GDI engine. Both engines have been well tested in the Hyundai Sonata a and have the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
With 190 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque (estimated), Santa Fe Sport 2.4 still manages fuel economy of 23 city and 33 highway (estimated). The higher output 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found under the hood of Santa Fe Sport 2.0T increases horsepower to 264 (estimated), while delivering fuel economy of 23-mpg city and 31-mpg highway.