The Vatican may be involved in a lot of s&!^ but it sure knows how to “party”.
If you were curious on taking a closer look to the newest Popemobile, than you have come to the right place because Pope Francis has made his appearance in it just a few days ago, in St. Peter’s Square, during the weekly general audience. The vehicle selected is nothing more than a Hyundai Santa Fe which has received a convertible body style and it has been specifically built in order to act as the new Popemobile. The previous models were Mercedes-Benz vehicles but it seems that the Vatican has gotten tired of them and, despite being a crossover, the new Popemobile is actually sitting slightly lower than its predecessors.
The new Hyundai Santa Fe Convertible is also narrower than the previous Mercedes-Benz cars and this is making it easier to maneuver when making tight turns. The one-off vehicle is coming with a white shade covering its exterior design and it has a 5-seat layout, with two seats in the front and three at the rear. The rear passengers will be getting in and out by using the side door retractable step. As you can see for yourselves, the new Popemobile hasn’t got any glass bulletproof and chances are it will be used only on well controlled environments as it hasn’t got the capability of protecting Pope Francis. The model has been based on the pre-facelift Santa Fe and it has a 2.2 liter CRDi four-cylinder turbo diesel engine under its hood.