Geneva hosts the European premiere of Hyundai’s Grand Santa Fe, a long-wheelbase version of the E-segment SUV.
Hyundai says the new Grand Santa Fe will contribute to the company capturing a larger share of the E-segment SUV market in Europe. First seen at the 2012 New York International Show, the Grand Santa Fe benefits from several significant adaptations to the US specification, such as adaptive front lighting, lane departure warning and smart parking assist systems.
Furthermore, the ride and handling characteristics have been tweaked specifically for European buyers who demand a more damped, responsive driving experience. The new Grand Santa Fe was developed alongside its standard counterpart from the earliest stages, enabling designers to fashion a coherent form that bears a strong family resemblance.
The overall height, width and length of New Grand Santa Fe have been extended (+10, +5 and +225 mm respectively) due to the enlarged wheelbase (+100 mm), while still retaining Santa Fe’s dynamic style.
Thanks to its increased wheelbase, the new Hyundai New Grand Santa Fe offers more second and third row roominess compared to the standard model, allowing up to seven occupants to travel in greater comfort. Cargo capacity, when the third-row seats are folded flat, has increased to a best-in-class 634 litres.
New Grand Santa Fe will be available to European buyers with a single powertrain – the Euro5-compliant, 2,2-litre ‘R’ VGT diesel engine, producing 197 PS, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
by Dan Mihalascu
) - Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 - filed under Geneva Motor Show
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